To keep the trail open and hiker-friendly, we might do any of the following on a work day:
Repair the pathway or tread with hoes, Pulaskis, shovels and rakes.
Cut back brush and annual growth with swing blades (required in Wilderness Areas) or gas-powered brushcutters, loppers and pruning shears.
Remove downed trees, (blowdowns) with crosscut saws (in Wilderness Areas) or chain saws in national forests.
Remove branches and sticks by dragging off trail, with rakes — or simply by picking them up and throwing them off the trail. There’s a job for everyone!
Repair water diversions with rakes, hoes and shovels.
Blaze the trail – the trail is marked with white diamond blazes painted on trees.
Although chainsaw and crosscut saw work requires skilled, certified personnel; most trail work requires simple hard work and young people as well as senior citizens can participate.