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Natural Surface Trails by Design

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Physical and Human Design Essentials of Sustainable, Enjoyable Trails. By Troy Scott Parker

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by Troy Scott Parker

This groundbreaking book explains the real keys to all types of natural surface (soil, rock, crushed stone) trails. For any trail use or location, it builds the critical foundation of a system of thought that can generate a sustainable, enjoyable trail. And it can forever change the way you look at trails.

Eleven concepts explain natural surface and crushed stone trails

This first book in a series captures much of the detailed knowledge of skilled trail designers. It presents eleven generative concepts as the foundation for a concise process that explains, relates, and predicts what actually happens on all natural surface trails. The concepts cover the essential physical and human forces and relationships that govern trails—how we perceive nature, how trails make us feel, how trail use changes trails, how soils and trail materials behave, and how water, drainage, and erosion act.

The real power of the concepts, however, is in their interaction. Together, they create a powerful, flexible system of thought for generating sustainable, enjoyable, and appropriate natural surface trails.
Thoroughly illustrated with 140 color photos and 46 drawings, this book:

  • introduces a three-level system of thought encompassing all aspects of trail design, construction, maintenance, and management; and
  • thoroughly covers the Foundation Level, the critical base level that supports the higher levels in the system.

Read a review of this book on AmericanTrails.org.

Click on any of the images below to view a sample page:


Cover

Back Cover

Playfulness

Switchbacks

Compaction

Displacement

Interaction

Modality

Tread Test

Evaluation Form

Sample Evaluation

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Product Description

ntsd

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by Troy Scott Parker

This groundbreaking book explains the real keys to all types of natural surface (soil, rock, crushed stone) trails. For any trail use or location, it builds the critical foundation of a system of thought that can generate a sustainable, enjoyable trail. And it can forever change the way you look at trails.

Eleven concepts explain natural surface and crushed stone trails

This first book in a series captures much of the detailed knowledge of skilled trail designers. It presents eleven generative concepts as the foundation for a concise process that explains, relates, and predicts what actually happens on all natural surface trails. The concepts cover the essential physical and human forces and relationships that govern trails—how we perceive nature, how trails make us feel, how trail use changes trails, how soils and trail materials behave, and how water, drainage, and erosion act.

The real power of the concepts, however, is in their interaction. Together, they create a powerful, flexible system of thought for generating sustainable, enjoyable, and appropriate natural surface trails.
Thoroughly illustrated with 140 color photos and 46 drawings, this book:

  • introduces a three-level system of thought encompassing all aspects of trail design, construction, maintenance, and management; and
  • thoroughly covers the Foundation Level, the critical base level that supports the higher levels in the system.

Read a review of this book on AmericanTrails.org.

Click on any of the images below to view a sample page:


Cover

Back Cover

Playfulness

Switchbacks

Compaction

Displacement

Interaction

Modality

Tread Test

Evaluation Form

Sample Evaluation

Additional Information

Weight .79 lbs
Dimensions 8.4 x 5.8 x .7 in

Reviews

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    Longtime trail designer and researcher Troy Scott Parker, author of the popular Trails Design and Management Handbook, has authored the first of what is expected to be three innovative books on natural surface trails.

    Intended for both novices and experts, this landmark book advances the state-of-the-art of natural surface trail design. It shows how to use eleven relatively simple concepts to generate sustainable, enjoyable, soil and crushed stone trails for any use— human feet, horse, mountain bicycle, wheelchair, ATV, motorcycle, 4WD vehicles— by seeing and using site-specific information much like a skilled trail designer does.

    Linking art, science, psychology, and what you already know about trails and nature, the eleven concepts cover the basic human and physical forces and relationships acting on every piece of every natural surface trail.

    They include the shape of nature itself; how we perceive nature; safety; efficiency of movement; playfulness; harmony; the physical forces of compaction, displacement, and erosion acting on trail treads; tread materials (soil types, crushed stone, rock); and the detailed interaction of site, slope, runoff, weather, trail width, water sources, trail use, grades, and sustainability of tread drainage.

    Parker then clearly explains these concepts and their many relationships, including how to “read” trails and sites, see what conditions are actually there, see what occurs, and predict what will occur in the future through trail use and erosion. Because prediction is key to sustainable trail design, he spends considerable time showing how to predict and sustainably accommodate changes in tread shape that trail use and erosion almost inevitably cause, including loss of outslope. He illustrates his many points with abundant, well-chosen color photos and diagrams of familiar-looking trail situations.

    Instead of stating rules or step-by-step procedures that can’t be accurate in all instances, he builds each universal concept from its causes, effects, relationships to other concepts, and our own experience using trails. You can then flexibly apply these concepts in virtually any location and context that can support a sustainable soil or crushed stone tread. The interaction of the concepts tells you what works and what doesn’t. Working with concepts also help you reason through new materials, techniques, and situations.

    In addition, he shows how the concepts provide a quick, effective, trail evaluation tool that take physical and human aspects of trails&emdash; and their relationships&emdash; into account.

    Natural Surface Trails by Design: Physical and Human Design Essentials of Sustainable, Enjoyable Trails is a must-have book for all natural surface trail workers, volunteers, designers, and planners for any trail use. The design language it creates is especially useful for those involved in teaching or communicating details of trail design.

    Troy Scott Parker has presented a one-day workshop largely based on the book at the 2004 National Trail Symposium and other statewide and national meetings (see natureshape.com/workshops).

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