A critical skill in riding is the ability to assess the characteristics of the terrain where you're riding. Follow these guidelines to avoid dangerous obstacles and hazards.
Avoid dangerous terrain such as marshes, arroyos, steep slopes, mud, and abandoned mines.
Select existing trails.
Scan the path far ahead of you to see obstacles early enough to react.
Evaluate. Be aware of your surroundings and ready to respond to changing conditions.
Speed. Always travel at a speed appropriate for the terrain and your skill level.
Stay alert. Assess those trails that are new to you, decide whether you are personally able to ride on them, and ensure that they are free of hazards.