Documenting the hours of labor it takes to cut (and perhaps plan and advocate) trails into existence is simple enough. However, attempting to capture the magic and nature of trails in pixels and words is difficult. Some things, if not most things, are better experienced in the real world not pixels and words. In spite of this short-coming, there are stories and information on this website that are meant to inspire and educate trail users and enthusiasts.
In addition to the above, this site houses “trail science” items meant for the layman, professional, or enthusiast wondering what’s involved in the trail building process. By “professional,” I mean the trail purveyors involved in the details of seeing trails into existence, from planning, to building, to caring for trails.
Some of these professionals reach a point in their lives where they may specialize in one (or many) aspects of trails…I’d call these people “Trailologists,” as they have elevated what they produce into a trail science mixed with art, or “Trailology.” They, as well as countless trail users and volunteers (from novice to professional) have made trails into a religion, or practice of sorts– “trailists” practicing Trailism. This site is my contribution to Trailism, or the science and art of planning, constructing, using, and caring for or loving trails.
Note: Some blog posts are narrative, some discursive, some strictly descriptive, just happens that way. Posts are sometimes written a week to several months, or even years, after the fact. Post dates (usually) correspond to the date the event occurred, not when it was written.
Disclaimer: This site is for informational and educational purposes only, and is not intended to be advice (medical, physical, structural, design, or other…). Think for yourself, and make your own decisions on what you do with that information.
Thanks to Gardner the “Trail Hugger,” and the 00’s SDMBA clan who helped start this obsession…and to all those trailists since that I have interacted with. Happy trails!