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Canelo Hills West - AZT #3Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Volunteer7.00 Miles 800 AEG
Volunteer7.00 Miles2 Days         
800 ft AEG
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The ATA's Trail Skills Institute is a way for volunteers to learn more about sustainable trail design and maintenance from some of the finest trail professionals in Arizona. There are 4 modules which cover basic trail maintenance, stone structures and trail layout and re-route design. The fall course on passage #3 met in the scenic Canelo Hills outside of the gateway community of Patagonia to learn how to layout new trail and use re-routes to fix serious trail issues. Eight participants joined Matt Roberts, Mark Loseth and Zach McDonald to work on a short reroute of the trail to bypass a steep descent and climb that were eroding into poor condition near the Harshaw Road trailhead. Participants learned how to plan for proper drainage using cross slope and grade changes as well as how to tie into and rehab existing trail to make the new route clear. The class began with a short lecture component, but most of the learning was done on the trail with tools in hand.

At the end of the day, a very short reroute bypassed an unnecessary descent and climb - improving the trail experience and making for a more sustainable route. Wins all the way around!
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