Trail Specifications

Trail Specifications Skill Definition:

Identify trail elements (i.e. tread material, width, height, grades, and structures) that are appropriate for the intended use, resource conditions, budget, and stewardship capacity.

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Resources for Trail Specifications

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…

Trail Fundamentals and Trail Management Objectives
Trail Fundamentals and Trail Management Objectives

This publication provides comprehensive guidance and instructions for applying Trail Fundamentals and Trail Management Objectives. This recently published version includes the original 2008 content, along with updated photos and formatting.

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 Trail Specifications

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

February 21 - 23, 2024

Marion, 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 47 trainers on TrailSkills
with Trail Specifications experience.


Charlotte Staats

Adirondack Mountain Club

Contractor Trainer Nonprofit

Lake Placid, NY

I am a seasoned trail builder who has worked on trails in New York State since 2015. I've worked…


Landon Welsh

Pacific Crest Trail Association

Trainer Nonprofit

Seattle, WA

Volunteer Training Coordinator for the Pacific Crest Trail Association-- planning trail-wide…


Vaike Haas

Trainer Higher Education

Morgantown, WV

I lead WVU's Sustainable Trails Curriculum, am a licensed landscape architect and Associate…


Deno Contos

Contractor Trainer

Greenville, SC

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


William Jones

USDA Forest Service

Trainer Agency

Hood River, OR

In my sixth year working wilderness, motorized, and non-motorized trails for the Forest Service;…


Jeremy Poore

McDowell Tech Community College

Contractor Trainer Higher Education

Old Fort, NC

I'm in the process of building McDowell Tech Trail School into a national-level Trail Construction…

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Hire Workers

There are 168 profiles on TrailSkills
with Trail Specifications experience.


Tony Boone

Tony Boone Trails


Salida, CO

Tony has a Masters of Education in Outdoor Adventure Recreation and is a Board Member of the…


Frederick Johnson


Upper Marlboro , MD

30 plus years in park management, forestry, horticulture, Wild life and conservation I manage over…


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…


Michael Meister


Nashville, TN

Since 2015 Michael has overseen the maintenance and management for the 1,300 mile hiking, biking,…


Nikki Elms

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department


Mineral Wells, TX

I am a park management professional with over 28 years of experience. I am currently the Park…


Michael McKenzie

Blacksheep Mountain Bike Club


Thunder Bay

I'm starting my 5th year as the trail development director for the Blacksheep Mountain Bike Club.…

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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