Trail Skills Institute – Canelo Hills West

October 21-22, 2017

The Trail Skills Institute Module 4 focuses upon trail layout and re-route design. Once again the class met in the scenic Canelo Hills outside of the gateway community of Patagonia to learn how to layout new trail and use re-routes to fix serious trail issues. Eight participants joined Matt Roberts, Mark Loseth and Zach McDonald to work on a short reroute of the trail to bypass a steep descent and climb that were eroding into poor condition near the Harshaw Road trailhead. Participants learned how to plan for proper drainage using cross slope and grade changes as well as how to tie into and rehab existing trail to make the new route clear. The class began with a short lecture component, but most of the learning was done on the trail with tools in hand.