Start Local. Go Far.


This course prepares individuals to plan, design, and layout, construct, and maintain sustainable natural surface trails for multiple uses.  Coursework includes conceptual trail planning, field design and layout, and trail construction and maintenance.  Upon completion, the student will be able to plan, layout, construct, and maintain natural surface trails with a variety of hand tools.  

Learning Objectives - 

At the end of the course, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the ability to complete conceptual trail planning and design.
  • Demonstrate the ability to use a clinometer to design, layout, and flag sustainable natural surface trails in the outdoor setting.
  • Demonstrate the ability to identify, use, and maintain hand tools used in trail construction and maintenance.
  • Demonstrate basic, intermediate, and advanced earthen trail construction and maintenance techniques using hand tools.
  • Recognize a variety of surface water control measures used on natural surface trails.
  • Recognize the difference between climbing turns, switchbacks, and insloped turns.
  • Identify common trail maintenance problems and their solutions.

Course Length -

Lecture:  11 hours

Lab/Fieldwork:  14 hours


Trailbuilding tools will be provided for student use.

Students should bring their own lunch, snacks, and plenty of drinking water.

Students must dress appropriately for trailwork - gloves, safety glasses, long pants, and closed-toe shoes (boots preferred).

Date Course Code Section Number Price
September 10-13, 2018 ENV-7003-01 45264 $125
November 5-8, 2018 ENV-7003-02 45266 $125
March 11-14, 2019 ENV-7003-01 46054 $125
May 20-23, 2019 ENV-7003-01 46055 $125

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If you need further assistance, please contact Fonna Terry at ext. 2011.

RCC Campus - Bishopric Lifelong Learning Center, Room 108