the Trail Route
Use both topographic maps and air photos to help
locate the planned trail route and to pinpoint the trail ocation for later
Use a consistent colour or colour combination of
plastic flagging to mark the route. Avoid the use of spray paint or tree
blazes since adjustments to trail routing are inevitable during the design
Consider using colour codes to mark specific construction
tasks such as boardwalks, bridges or varying clearing widths.
Use a survey crew to stake high standard surfaced
trails, for example near campgrounds, where grades and routing may have
Mark the trail route on maps and air photos.
Flag a rough route first, spacing flagging close
enough so that they are just visible. When the route has been refined and
is acceptable to the design team, hang enough flags to avoid misinterpretation
of the route.
Hang the route flagging along the proposed trail
When hanging flagging on the trail centre-line, consider
ground conditions, slope, and the type of groundcover. Where possible,
select the route to minimize tree cutting and damage to the roots of trees
Measure the trail distances
with a hip chain or other survey device. Label station markers if required
for construction, (for example 0+ 100, to mark a bridge location 100 metres
from the start of the trail).
Remove all flagging tape after construction. Remove
any tape from routes not used.
Construct the trail within 2 years to ensure the
flagging tape is still visible.