Trail Maintenance

Trail Maintenance Skills Include:

    Maintenance Specifications

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

    Inventory & Assessment

    Demonstrate ability to assess trail conditions, identify causes of trail degradation (i.e. water, grades, soil conditions, users, and/or use patterns), and appropriate actions to address the deficiencies.

    Corridor Clearing: Power tools

    Safely use chainsaws and other power tools in trail development and maintenance and resource management.

    Corridor clearing: Hand Tools

    Use hand tools to safely remove small standing trees, hazard trees, fallen logs, brush, vegetation, rocks, or other impediments to trail tread construction to the specified trail corridor width and height.

    Tread Maintenance - Hand tools

    Restore trail to its designed specifications for tread width, cross/outslope, protrusions, and obstacles using hand tools.

    Tread Maintenance - Mechanized Equipment

    Mechanized Equipment. Restore trail to its designed specifications for tread width, cross/outslope, protrusions, and obstacles using mechanized equipment (e.g., compactors, mini-excavator, skid steer, trail dozer).

    Drainage Features/Water Management

    Construct/restore trail drainage features that decrease erosion , including knicks, grade dips, grade reversals, berms, ditches, and sheet drains.


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Resources for Trail Maintenance

How Volunteers Manage Water on the Appalachian Trail
How Volunteers Manage Water on the Appalachian Trail

Appalachian Trail volunteers play an active role in managing water on the footpath since moving water and standing water can damage the tread surface and surrounding areas. This video presents concepts of trail alignment, presents how to mitigate…

Evaluating Erosion
Evaluating Erosion

One important factor that we examine when we assess the condition of a trail is the effect that erosion is having upon the trail surface. This video covers three of the most obvious signs of trail erosion: loose rocks, cuts and areas of deposition.…

Hand Tool Field Maintenance
Hand Tool Field Maintenance

We rely on hand tools to lop branches, dig drain dips, remove slough and berm, construct waterbars and check steps, and much more. As a result, hand tools receive a great deal of wear and tear. Learn about the most common tool problems that are…

Addressing Erosion on the Trail
Addressing Erosion on the Trail

In the fifth video of this series, we take a look at techniques for addressing erosion issues on trails in arid environments. We'll review techniques such as rolling grade dips (drains), check dams/steps, waterbars and berm removal - discussing the…

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Upcoming Trainings for Trail Maintenance

2024 Columbia Cascades Trail Skills College
Pacific Crest Trail Association
Pacific Crest Trail Association
2024 Columbia Cascades Trail Skills College

April 26 - 28, 2024

Cascade Locks, Oregon

West Cascades Trails Skills College 2024
Cascade Volunteers
Cascade Volunteers
West Cascades Trails Skills College 2024

May 03 - 05, 2024

McKenzie Bridge, Oregon

Trail Skills College
Appalachian Mountain Club
Appalachian Mountain Club
Trail Skills College

May 16 - 20, 2024

Trailkeepers University: Tread School - Wildfire Recovery Edition
Trailkeepers of Oregon
Trailkeepers of Oregon
Trail Skills Institute Modules 1&2
Arizona Trail Association
Arizona Trail Association
Trail Skills Institute Modules 1&2

May 18 - 19, 2024

Northern Arizona, Arizona

Trail Building and Stewardship for Non-Motorized Multi-Use Trails Boot Camp
Vermont State University
Vermont State University
Sustainable Trail Building One-Year Certificate Program
Sustainable Trail Building One-Year Certificate Program

September 09, 2024

Lyndonville, Vermont

The Great Trails State 2024 Conference
The Great Trails State 2024 Conference

September 11 - April 15, 2024

Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Custom Trainings

There are 56 trainers on TrailSkills
with Trail Maintenance experience.

Jacob

Jacob Hyde

Santa Cruz Mountains Trail Stewardship

Contractor Trainer Nonprofit

Santa Cruz, CA

Walt

Walt Daniels

New York - New Jersey Trail Conference

Trainer Nonprofit

Mohegan Lake, NY

Stephen

Stephen Crowe

Appalachian Mountain Club

Contractor Trainer Nonprofit

Cherry Valley, MA

Recruit, train and oversee volunteers to construct rock structures to harden treadway and maintain…

Ben

Ben Ervin

Alaska Trails

Contractor Trainer Nonprofit

Anchorage, AK

Jay

Jay Post

Trainer Higher Education

Russellville, AR

I coordinate and teach the Trail Management Certificate Program at Arkansas Tech University. Plus,…

Amy

Amy Lutsko

Morris County Park Commission, NJ

Trainer Agency

Morristown, NJ

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Hire Workers

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Jonathan

Jonathan Oneil

National Park Service

Agency

Oak Hill, WV

Education: Marshall University Alumn - Natural Resources and Rec Management Minor -…

Connor

Connor Ranft

Student Conservation Association (SCA)

Corps Nonprofit

Philadelphia, PA

Mike

Mike Thomas

Agency

Salt Lake City, UT

Nadya

Nadya Lehnert

Contractor Corps

St. Louis, MO

I have ~2 years experience in trail construction and maintenance through Americorps terms with…

James

James Hodges

Contractor

Colorado Springs, CO

Licensed Civil Engineer designer; trail planner, designer, builder and maintainer; Certified Master…

Charles

Charles Evans

Pocahontas County CVB

Contractor Agency Nonprofit

Marlinton, WV

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