I have been riding my mountain bike on Ogden's fabulous trails since I moved here 25 years ago. However, my preference is to ride trails that people are more accustomed to seeing hikers use than bikers. My favorites are the Indian Trail, Hidden Valley, Malan's Peak, and Beus Canyon. In my 25 years of riding, I have made great friends on these trails, mostly accomplished hikers that share pleasantries with me as we cross paths.
However, on the rare occasion, I encounter a hiker that expresses their belief that these trails are "far too dangerous for bikers," often in a threatening manner. Invariably these are novice hikers that I rarely see twice. Although these encounters are rare, they're menacing tone is disconcerting. These people, although they have never seen me ride, so have no insight into my riding abilities, are convinced they are best positioned to judge my level of risk on these trails. As I ride these trails three-five times a week, and have never fallen off a ledge nor hurt another, I feel I am in the best position to assess my risk.
To these rare, novice hikers who don't want me on our trails, I say, "Stop the hating." I am on our trails for the same reasons you are, to enjoy the beautiful outdoors that we are so lucky to have. I clean and repair these trails regularly. Just because I choose to enjoy them differently from the hikers, they shouldn't judge my level of risk by their self-limitations.
I was descending the Indian Trail months ago and encountered a man with a leashed dog and dark glasses over one of the steep precipices. Clearly he was blind. I didn't attack him for making a risky decision to be up there pursuing his passion. Clearly he has skills that I don't possess which makes him safe, even with his physical challenge.
So with the precious few of us that enjoy being on Ogden's beautiful trails, let's work together to protect them, enjoy each other, and stop imposing our self-limitations on others.