This handbook is designed to assist park management professionals in the development of a comprehensive trail management program. It is intended to provide tools for park planners, administrators, maintenance staff, and trail crews to ensure that trail systems are managed and administered consistently within the state park system.   While many processes are specific to California State Parks, broader concepts such as planning, budgeting, prioritizing, and managing trail projects will be helpful to other organizations. Additionally, the information contained in this handbook, such as designing and constructing trails for various user types, will be of value to all trail professionals.  You must agree to the copyright conditions below to be taken to the handbook content page.


Trails Handbook

Copyright © 1991, 2019 California State Parks

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First Printing 1991, Revised 2019

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