Trail Standards

Although Mount Spokane is a state park, it has adopted similar trail standards to the US forest service.  For volunteers working on trails, it is helpful to remember these trail standards while completing park service projects.

The following links should be helpful in determining how to proceed with trail projects:

  • Maintenance manual.  When in doubt, look it up in the manual!  This is the best all-around guide to trail construction and maintenance needs.  Plus the hard copy version can fit in your back pocket!
  • Trail definitions.  A good starting place for understanding terminology.
  • Trail classes.  This page defines trail classes.  Consider all trails within Mount Spokane State Park as class 3 or class 4.
  • Trail standards.  Consider all trails within Mount Spokane State Park as class 3 or class 4, non-wilderness, single or double track.  Almost all trails within Mount Spokane State Park are multi-use trails, and therefore remembering equestrian standards is very important (page 3 of document).  There are no summer motorized trails within the park, so pages 9-12 may be ignored.
  • The International Mountain Bicycling Alliance (IMBA) has helpful information regarding trail standards as well.

If you prefer a good reference book, try Lightly on the Land: The SCA Trail Building and Maintenance Manual.

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