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Dec. 6, 2013 S&S Trails Constructs Trail in Dripping Springs Ranch Park
Jun. 21, 2012 STORM Trail School
Feb. 16, 2012 Dogwood Canyon Audubon Center Volunteer Day and Trail School
Dec. 20, 2011 Private Land Owner in Dallas
Dec. 16, 2011 Crystal Canyon
Nov. 16, 2011 Huntsville State Park and Sam Houston National Forest
Nov. 7, 2011 Caddo Mounds State Historic Site
Jul. 26, 2011 Mountain Bike Trails On Private Lands
May. 23, 2011 Cassels-Boykin Trail Design
Nov. 15, 2010 Double Lake Part 2: September 13-October 1
Posted by Ryan Spates in S&S Project Gallery on Dec. 6, 2013 - 1:36 pm
S&S Trails built a mile of crushed granite trail and 1.5 miles of equestrian trail in Dripping Springs Ranch Park. Here, we’re using the Ditch Witch to follow a mini-ex in an area where the trail traversed a really rocky hillside.
S&S Trails has always been volunteer focused, and the trail schools that we teach to different groups throughout the year are proof of that. The South Texas Off-Road Mountain Bikers (STORM) teamed with Government Canyon State Park to have S&S Trails come teach a trail school to over 20 volunteers and staff. The School was conducted in the outdoor classroom at GCSP. We worked on an armoring project in the park where a fall line trail was eroding badly.
S&S Trails has had the privilege to develop a working relationship with the Dogwood Canyon Audubon Center in Cedar Hill, TX. We have helped design a section of ADA trail on the lower portion of the land and oversaw a volunteer group from Altria Corp to help perform the corridor work needed to open the trail so that the improved surface material could be put down. S&S Trails also led the Altria volunteers in cleaning up poorly cut limbs and pungees from the existing hiking trail.
Posted by Ryan Spates in S&S Project Gallery on Dec. 20, 2011 - 2:32 pm
Earlier in the fall of 2011, a private individual contacted S&S Trails to assess his property for the feasibility of installing a short hiking and biking trail system that would incorporate downhill flow and technical structures to utilize the topographical elevation and rock features on his land. The land owner used to race mountain bikes in Texas and remembers riding trails at the same time as Ryan and Susan during practice laps at race venues around the state. While deciding to turn his property into a family retreat for various outdoor activities, he remembered hearing that Ryan and Susan had become professional trail builders, and he found our webpage on the internet and decided to contact us.
Posted by Ryan Spates in S&S Project Gallery on Dec. 16, 2011 - 2:40 pm
Another exciting RTP project is taking place in the city of Arlington, and S&S Trails were happy to be invited to participate in a consultation and trail design visit with Kurt Beilharz from the city parks department, and a volunteer named Jack from the local Rotary Club. Ryan, Susan, and Chuck scouted a beautiful piece of property in the city, and found opportunities for some outstanding hiking trail in undeveloped areas surrounding the ADA accessible trail that is currently being constructed.
Posted by Ryan Spates in S&S Project Gallery on Nov. 16, 2011 - 2:51 pm
The S&S crew spent two weeks in early November flagging out approximately 13 miles of new trail on US Forest Service land that will be connected to the already existing multi-use trails at Huntsville State Park. Similar to the Double Lake job from 2 years ago, this project was an RTP grant secured by GHORBA that went out to bid over the PTBA website. S&S Trails partnered with Progressive Trail Design from Arkansas to win this project, and we look forward to beginning the construction phase sometime in the Fall of 2012.
Posted by Ryan Spates in S&S Project Gallery on Nov. 7, 2011 - 4:37 pm
S&S Trail Services had the opportunity to work at a significant Texas Historic Commission property in northeast Texas in the early Fall. The manager of Caddo Mounds Historic site near Alto was a woman named Jennifer, who had worked with us several years ago when she was an intern at Purtis Creek State Park.
Posted by Ryan Spates in S&S Project Gallery on Jul. 26, 2011 - 3:04 pm
S&S Trails has had the opportunity to work for a few private land owners this year. For one we designed some sections of trail and then helped cut in one section that was very tough building. For the other, we designed and built over 4 miles of trail in three and a half weeks. Both ranches hope to hold events later this year. They are looking at providing recreating to their respective areas of the state and have put in the effort to develop great trail systems.
Posted by Ryan Spates in S&S Project Gallery on May. 23, 2011 - 12:04 pm
S&S Trail Services were invited by the Deep East Texas- Routes and Trails Access Coalition to design trail in Cassels-Boykin Park in Angelina County. The park sits on ACoE Property bordering Lake Sam Rayburn. There are sections that have great topography. There are also sections that are almost flat. Planning a fun trail through some areas proved to be a challenge.
Posted by Ryan Spates in S&S Project Gallery on Nov. 15, 2010 - 2:07 pm
After taking the summer off to do some work and sightseeing in the northern U.S., S&S Trails returned to Texas to finish up the trail construction project at Double Lake Recreation Area in Coldspring. The other company that we partnered with, Progressive Trail Design out of Arkansas, arrived to build most of their portion of the contract over a 21 day period in the fall.
Most of the crew that had worked with us during the spring returned to help us complete the project, with the exception of Brian who had accepted a maintenance position with a church camp closer to his home in Huntsville. In his place, we had the pleasure of working with Dan, who was a friend of Chuck and Mike’s from Houston. Dan was finishing up his training to be a licensed massage therapist, and in the meantime he had some time to spare to come work for us, which was a great help.