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Trail Planning News

Latest trail planning news.

Looking out over Kodachrome State Park
Hiker with backpack and hiking pole looking out over red rock formations with blue sky and some white clouds. Photographer: Elizabeth McCartney


We have been working with experts in sustainable trail planning to continue improving our trail planning support tool (TRAILS – Trail Routing Analysis and Information Linkage System) and expect to have a new release in November. With a little bit of help from our friends, we are getting closer to being able to provide routing that more closely mimics the contour-hugging trails that we all know and love.  

Keep in mind that TRAILS is meant to provide potential trail corridors based on transportation, hydrography, elevation, protected lands, and more recently---user-defined custom layers. The application is not meant to replace the expertise required to plan an exact route or truly sustainable trail. As part of your pre-planning process, TRAILS can be an effective tool that promotes collaboration and gives you an idea on where to start or what areas to avoid when planning a new trail or rerouting an older trail.  

If you haven’t checked out TRAILS yet, sign up for one of our monthly workshops. If it has been a while since you’ve used TRAILS, you may want to take a look at the newer functionality. Either way, we’d love to hear about your experiences!  

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