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Trailbuilding Basics

Chapter 5 - Maintenance

A. Tread

  1. Tread should be periodically debermed to ensure proper drainage across the trail.

  2. Any holes or ruts in the trail should be filled in and packed down once the cause of the problem has been determined and eliminated (depending on soil type).

B. Drainage

  1. If a trail develops a drainage problem that cannot be cured, it should be rerouted. (Typical causes of this are: fall line construction, too steep a grade, or unmovable barriers that prevent cross slope drainage.)

  2. In the event that a trail can't be rerouted, then erosion control devices will have to be installed. The rolling grade dip is a device that is long lasting and easy for users to negotiate.

Rolling Grade Dip

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