Maintenance Specifications

Maintenance Specifications Skill Definition:

Understand and apply common maintenance specifications/trail management objectives such as corridor height/width, tread width, cross/outslope, protrusions, obstacles, and water management techniques.

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Resources for Maintenance Specifications

Tread and Drainage
Tread and Drainage

Water and gravity constantly threaten our trails and thus we must learn how best to deflect them. This course begins with basics of hillside hydrology and how trails work when they shed water properly. Includes introduction of “trail eyes” and basic…

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…

North Country Trail Handbook
North Country Trail Handbook

The North Country National Scenic Trail (NST) extends for thousands of miles across seven states. Its layout, design, construction, and maintenance require the participation of a myriad of individuals and groups.

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Upcoming Trainings for Maintenance Specifications

Trail Skills Institute Modules 1&2
Arizona Trail Association
Arizona Trail Association
Trail Skills Institute Modules 1&2

May 18 - 19, 2024

Tucson, Arizona

Custom Trainings

There are 52 trainers on TrailSkills
with Maintenance Specifications experience.


Deno Contos

Contractor Trainer

Greenville, SC

Benchmark Trails is a full service trail design, layout and construction firm with over 20 years of…


Larry Knutson

Penn Trails LLC

Contractor Trainer

Newville, PA

Larry Knutson, is founder and President of Penn Trails LLC. A cloud based company for 16 years, we…


Allie Maloney

Contractor Trainer Nonprofit

Whitefish, MT

Allie Maloney is the Coordinator for the Flathead Trails Association. Her experience includes trail…


Walt Bready

Contractor Trainer Nonprofit

Blairsville, GA

Walt Bready is the former State of Georgia Trails Education Specialist and current owner of Trails…


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…


Mariah Keagy


Contractor Trainer

Morristown, VT

Mariah Keagy began her career in trail construction and reconstruction in the Green Mountains…

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Hire Workers

There are 197 profiles on TrailSkills
with Maintenance Specifications experience.


Jay Vander Wall

Top of Michigan Mountain Bike Association (TOMMBA)


Boyne City, MI


Tristan Stone

Boulder County Parks and Open Space


Longmont, CO


Greg Kopsch

Higher Education

Apex, NC


Ryan Ossola

Colorado Parks and Wildlife


Ridgway, CO


David Alden StPierre


Beverly, MA

David Alden St. Pierre: A lifelong trail-lover, David has ridden, run, or hiked on trails all over…


Josh Bumbalough


Carmel, IN

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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