Sustainable Trail Construction Techniques

Trail design and construction.


Presenters: Forest Trails Alliance

This presentations covers the the trail design and construction process for experiential trail building. Topics include superelevation, grade reversals, varieties of switchbacks, dealing with erosion, trail seasoning, and compaction.

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