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It would seem that even when you follow the rules you can get in trouble. I was issued a violation under the authority of the CFR shown below even though I did not have anything remotely resembling a Bicycle. They wrote in plain English (Bicycle Possess in Wilderness Area) 36CFR 4.30 (d)(1). I guess they didn’t think that I would look it up.
What I did have with me was a single wheel pack carrier called a PolePack. I use it because of a shoulder injury. My friend hiking with me also using a PolePack because of back surgery was also issued the violation. But why we were using them does not matter. Because the only thing the National Park Service prohibits is bicycles. At the trail head is a sign showing a bike with a red circle and slash through it. No Bikes! The rules on back of the permit do not even mention bikes.
Rules for the National Park Service
When the National Park Service created rules banning bicycling in NPS Wilderness in the mid-1980s, they partially followed the pattern of the U.S. Forest Service. They issued a simple prohibition, displayed below. We cannot find any reference to "mechanical transport" for the National Park Service.
TITLE 36--PARKS, FORESTS, AND PUBLIC PROPERTY CHAPTER I--NATIONAL PARK SERVICE, DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR PART 4_VEHICLES AND TRAFFIC SAFETY--Table of Contents Sec. 4.30 Bicycles.... (d) The following are prohibited: (1) Possessing a bicycle in a wilderness area established by Federal statute.
(Editor's Note: the poster is the inventor and owner of PolePack).