Fundamentals of Trail Design & Layout

Fundamentals of Trail Design & Layout

2.5 Day Workshop
Wednesday March 28 (afternoon only)
Thursday, March 29 (lunch provided)
Friday March 30 (morning only)
Cost: $400
Instructors: Jon Underwood, Happy Trails Inc, PTBA Member & Mike Shields, Michael D. Shields Consulting, PTBA Member

Workshop Description:

This workshop presents basic trail design and layout for natural surface trails, including terrain dynamics, sustainable trail design elements, direction-reversing turns, location of structures, and use of information and measurement tools.  We will field test these concepts and tools, then turn to look at the social and aesthetic values that bring great trails to life.  Each student will lay out a trail line as part of the class.

What to bring:

Clinometer and GPS (if you have them), outdoor clothing for an afternoon in the woods. (phone versions of clinometer and GPS are acceptable).

We will spend a large amount of this workshop outside, so please bring appropriate field gear for the weather. Expect rain and be pleasantly surprised if it stays dry. We will provide first aid kits and any additional tools and equipment necessary for the workshop. Let us know if you are unable to bring any of the above items, please contact us.


Jon Underwood, Happy Trails Inc., 907-322-5834,

Mike Shields, Michael D. Shields Consulting, 907-746-2515