Design

Design Skill Definition:

Delineate the trail alignment, width, height, grade and structures appropriate to the intended trail use.


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Resources for Design

Introduction to Trail Design and Development (Part 2 of 3)
Introduction to Trail Design and Development (Part 2 of 3)

One part of a three-part series on the Introduction to Trail Planning, Design and Development, and Management. PART TWO: In the Introduction to Trail Design and Development we will discuss sustainable trail design that is common for trails as well…

Wetland Trail Design and Construction
Wetland Trail Design and Construction

In this manual we have described the common techniques for building a wetland trail. We have also included information on some of the more unusual materials and tools.

Foundations of Sustainable Trails: Tread and Alignment​
Foundations of Sustainable Trails: Tread and Alignment​

Explore foundational concepts related to the principles and applications of trail tread and alignment—all through the lens of developing and maintaining a sustainable trail. This course will introduce basic trail design elements as well as processes…

Sustainable Trail Bridge Design
Sustainable Trail Bridge Design

Designing trail bridges based on trail-specific Trail Management Objectives (TMOs) is essential for providing the desired trail experience, for ensuring user safety, and for maximizing bridge longevity.

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Upcoming Trainings for Design

Hand Built Trails - Intermediate
McDowell Tech Community College
McDowell Tech Community College
Hand Built Trails - Intermediate

February 21 - 23, 2024

Marion, North Carolina

MTB Optimized Trails - Jump Line - Advanced
McDowell Tech Community College
McDowell Tech Community College
MTB Optimized Trails - Jump Line - Advanced

March 13 - 15, 2024

Old Fort, North Carolina

Trail Skills Institute Module 4: Trail Design and Layout
Arizona Trail Association
Arizona Trail Association
Trail Skills Institute Module 4: Trail Design and Layout

April 06 - 07, 2024

Tucson, Arizona

Custom Trainings

There are 48 trainers on TrailSkills
with Design experience.

Erin

Erin Amadon

Town 4 Trail Services LLC

Contractor Trainer

Troy, ME

Erin Amadon's passion for trail work began over two decades ago when she first served as a member…

Walt

Walt Daniels

New York - New Jersey Trail Conference

Trainer Nonprofit

Mohegan Lake, NY

Andy

Andy Crowley

Contractor Trainer

Ashland, NH

Conservation Trail Services LLC. Working with private, non-profit, and…

Scott

Scott Johnson

USDA Forest Service

Trainer Agency

Forest Grove, OR

Trail builder with the Forest Service for over 15 years. Have worked on a mobile trail crew for all…

Jed

Jed Talbot

OBP Trailworks, LLC

Contractor Trainer

Brunswick, ME

Jed Talbot is the owner of OBP Trailworks, LLC, a Maine based company that designs, builds, and…

Ben

Ben Ervin

Alaska Trails

Contractor Trainer Nonprofit

Anchorage, AK

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Hire Workers

There are 165 profiles on TrailSkills
with Design experience.

Josh

Josh Hess

Nonprofit Higher Education

East Montpelier, VT

I am just getting started, have no professional experience or training, but extremely eager to…

Dakota

Dakota Faires

National Park Service

Agency

Springdale, UT

I am a 5 year trail builder at Zion National Park.

Alex

Alex Duryea

Nebraska Game and Parks Commission

Agency

Lincoln, NE

I serve as the state trail administrator for the state of Nebraska. Duties include administering…

Jacob

Jacob Hyde

Santa Cruz Mountains Trail Stewardship

Contractor Trainer Nonprofit

Santa Cruz, CA

Andrew

Andrew Deci

Maine Coast Heritage Trust

Nonprofit

Topsham, ME

Michael

Michael Ryba

Nonprofit

Hudson, OH

High school teacher, volunteer trail designer, builder, and organizer

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Trail Skills Collaborators
Federal Highway Administration USDA Forest Service National Park Service Bureau of Land Management
American Trails Professional TrailBuilders Association Partnership for the National Trails System Northern Vermont University Northwest Arkansas Community College Eppley Institute Corps Network