“A trail-builder never feels the trail is finished.”
Margaret Gerber, stewardship manager, Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust
There are more than 800 miles of hiking trails in Yosemite National Park. The Appalachian Trail is 2,200 miles long, though that number goes up and down as sections of the trail are altered or rerouted. Some trails go straight up, others achieve vistas via switchbacks. Trails ford creeks and seasonal streams, meander through forests and bisect meadows. Someone – more likely many someones – built the trail you hiked last weekend or plan to trek next summer.
How do trail-builders do their work? Like hiking itself, it’s done in steps.