Episode 87 How Trails Are Designed and Built with Tyler Lau

Tyler Lau his an experienced member of trail crews and even teaches HOW to build trails the right way. On this episode we dive into how trails are designed, built, and maintained. We also chat about the do’s and don’ts along where we as hikers can help keep trails in their proper conditions so trail crews can attend to other trails in need of maintenance.

We also spend some time discussing diversity in the outdoors. Tyler is the first person of color to complete the Calendar Year Triple Crown so I wanted to take the opportunity to find out what Tyler’s experience has been and how he sees diversity in the outdoor industry.


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Show Notes

  • Introductions

  • Catching up with Tyler since EP 69

  • Diversity in the outdoors and Tyler’s personal experiences

  • How to think about trail building

  • Scouting a trail

  • What makes a “good grade”

  • “Flagging” a trail for rework or future work

  • How trails are physical made

  • Deciding trail widths and tread

  • Trail building tools: the cross cut saw

  • Bridge building

  • Cutting Switchbacks

  • The cost of trail crews

  • How to learn more about trail building

  • Following up with Tyler