Sumary of On your next hike, spare a thought for the trail builders who made it possible:
- By Christine Negroni, Christine Negroni for The Washington Post Infrastructure and conservation manager Camille-Antoine Ouimet on the newest section of the Des Escarpements trail in Mont-Mégantic National Park.
- These trail workers are the unseen architects guiding your interaction with the great outdoors.
- In North America, trail designers and maintainers come from public and private groups, government agencies and community programs, and sometimes, they’re simply private landowners.
- Combined, their work over the past century has resulted in nearly 200,000 miles of trails on federal lands alone as of 2015. That is four times the mileage of the American interstate highway system.
- “They are weavers when they weave a trail around this rock and that tree and over that hill,” said Erik Mickelson, an independent trail consultant who hosts Trailism, an informational website for trail users.
- ” [Sales of camping, hiking guides rise as Americans take to the outdoors] Mont-Mégantic National Park in Quebec is known for its all-season trails and spectacular views of the 3,000-foot peaks of Mégantic and Saint-Joseph.