It's not a good idea to let your well-trained dog wander free in leash-only areas when the public is present. It sends a message to other, less-qualified dog owners that it's OK to flaunt the law here, regardless of how reliable their own dog is, creating a hazard for other users. 


AGGRESSIVE, UNTESTED or UNRELIABLE dogs should never be off-leash in public use areas. Horse riders and mountain-bikers can be injured or killed if a dog's behavior interferes with them. Also, the presence of another user in a leash-optional area does not necessarily mean that they or their dog want to interact with your dog. Letting your friendly dog charge into others' personal space without a specific invitation is like letting your six-year-old child cruise around Denny's, climbing into other diners' restaurant booths. Saying "He just wants to meet you" does not make it OK. If unruly dogs are allowed to harass other users in these areas, the off-leash privilege will eventually be revoked, unfairly penalizing more responsible users.