Established Trails Look
 
Trails Proposed at Kyle Park
 
Addressing Practical Issues
 
Trail Design Guidelines
 
Natural Tread Shared Use
 
Rules

 
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Equestrians on Trails

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Passive leisure form of recreation
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Compatible with hikers and bird-watchers for multi-use trails
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Most trail riders appreciate, understand and practice trail etiquette:
   
Trail patrol
   
Safety
   
Policing/reporting
   
Trail user groups and volunteers are sources of great energy and enthusiasm and can provide needed support and funding. 3
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Maintenance trimming
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Identify & correct trail problems
 


Established Trails Look

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Minimal trail construction with simple design elements:
   
Trail head/parking area
 
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Clearly mark trails that are open & closed
Trail courtesy reminders
Trail colors, names & numbers
Through signage and educational interpretation, trails are a device for expanding awareness of environmental values, wildlife, and geologic features. 3


Trails Proposed at Kyle Park

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East side of Kyle Park (behind dog park)
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1.5 hours of trail, terrain flat to slightly rolling with open grass land, river side and woodland loop trail
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Usage Estimate
   
Locals 2-3 horses each group less than 8 total,  dispersed on trail
   
Peak Periods: Weekends  or week day late afternoon
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Minimal trail construction
   
Trail head/parking area & overflow lot
   
Mounting block (stone  or stump)
   
Signage & Maps


Addressing Practical Issues

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Hiking, horseback riding, and bicycling trails has been identified "as lightweight use," due to their low intensity recreational use, by forests officials, county park management and natural preserves.
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Manure handling
   
Horse manure is relatively "dry" and "hot" due to unique digestive enzymes and flora. Once deposited, it can achieve total mineralization in as short a time as 21 days (Ajwa, et al 1994).
   
Mother Nature has a marvelous buffering capacity when even as little as 10 feet of vegetation is available at the side of a trail. www.ca.nrcs.usda.gov/rts/sec4.htm
   
It is inconceivable that trail horses would negatively impact the trails.
   
Trail Head = pack it out (standard trail practice)
   
Compost is an option;  requires collection bin
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Minimal trail construction
   
Trail head/parking area & overflow lot
   
Mounting block (stone  or stump)
   
Signage & Maps
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Trail Management
   
Close partial or all in wet conditions
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Growth Plan
   
Connections to other trails
   
Overflow parking
   
Re-evaluate after one season for adjustments to plan
 
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