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Oct. 26, 2010  Barton Creek West: Trail Extension
Jul. 1, 2010  GHORBA Double Lake Project May 17-June 18
May. 30, 2010  May 11-15 Montgomery County Boardwalking Bliss
May. 11, 2010  April 12-29 Senna Hills Phase II
Apr. 30, 2010  Senna Hills
Apr. 10, 2010  Purtis Creek State Park
Mar. 25, 2010  Katy Memorial Herman Hospital
Mar. 2, 2010  Pedernales Falls State Park
Feb. 11, 2010  Canyon Creek Trail Updates
Jan. 5, 2010  Video of Warda Section


Barton Creek West: Trail Extension

Posted by Ryan Spates in S&S Project Gallery, Uncategorized on Oct. 26, 2010 - 10:31 am

In October, S&S Trails set out to add trail to the already stellar network at Barton Creek West. The new section was intended to be more of a challenge than the others, and offer some views that were not available at any other point in the area. The trail would be on the escarpment overlooking the very north end of Barton Creek.

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GHORBA Double Lake Project May 17-June 18

Posted by Ryan Spates in S&S Project Gallery on Jul. 1, 2010 - 10:46 am

After wrapping up some Spring season work projects, the intrepid Texas trail builders of S&S Trail Services kicked off the pre-Summer season by starting work on the Double Lake trail expansion. We were very excited to begin this project as it had been in the works for quite some time. Kevin Highfield with the Greater Houston Off-Road Bicycle Association (GHORBA) was instrumental in writing the RTPgrant to get the project funded, and Nick Gonzalez partnered with Kevin to oversee the project.

Because the expansion was estimated to be 11 miles in length and needed to be completed by October of 2010, S&S Trail Services decided to partner with Progressive Trail Design (PTD) from Arkansas to complete the project. We were familiar with company owner Nathan (Woody) Woodruff’s work because his team built the trail we had designed for the city of Sugarland a couple years ago, and we liked the type of work they did. PTD also joined the Professional Trail Builders Association the year after we were inducted, so we knew they were a reputable company and one we would feel comfortable sharing the Double Lake job with.

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May 11-15 Montgomery County Boardwalking Bliss

Posted by Ryan Spates in S&S Project Gallery on May. 30, 2010 - 12:13 pm

Over a year ago S&S Trails flagged out a nature trail for the proposed Spring Creek Nature Center off of Riley Fuzzel Road near Old Town Spring. Our long-time project partner Robert Collins from Montgomery County Precinct 3 originally hired us for the trail design, and has kept us posted on the development of the nature center and the related construction projects on the property. When we first flagged out the trail we were working around numerous survey lines and clearing boundaries in the woods and we knew that extensive land grading and building construction was going to occur on the property. We proposed, and Robert agreed, that it would make sense for us to hold off on our trail construction until the major clearing on the property was completed and the building was started, so that A) we wouldn’t be in the way of other contractors and B) any work we did wouldn’t get bulldozed by those other contractors in the course of getting their own projects done.

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April 12-29 Senna Hills Phase II

Posted by Ryan Spates in S&S Project Gallery on May. 11, 2010 - 11:37 am

Last fall S&S Trails completed Phase I at the Senna Hills neighborhood in west Austin, giving the community their first natural-surface trails allowing homeowners to walk, run, and ride bikes in the woods behind their homes. Community response was overwhelmingly positive, and residents frequently said that they enjoyed the trails and wanted more of them throughout the property to allow more opportunities for nature exploration and exercise. This led to plans for Phase II that commenced in the spring.

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Senna Hills

Posted by Ryan Spates in S&S Project Gallery, Uncategorized on Apr. 30, 2010 - 4:05 pm

April 12-29
Last fall S&S Trails completed Phase I at the Senna Hills neighborhood in west Austin, giving the community their first natural-surface trails allowing homeowners to walk, run, and ride bikes in the woods behind their homes. Community response was overwhelmingly positive, and residents frequently said that they enjoyed the trails and wanted more of them throughout the property to allow more opportunities for nature exploration and exercise. This led to plans for Phase II that commenced in the spring.

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Purtis Creek State Park

Posted by Ryan Spates in S&S Project Gallery on Apr. 10, 2010 - 3:27 pm

April 5-7
During the first week of April S&S Trails returned to Purtis Creek State Park to build a rerouted section of trail and a small bridge over a creek crossing. We had originally done a one-day consultation at the park back on February 19th while we were on our way to teach the DORBA school at Sid Richardson Ranch. During that consultation in February we used a clinometer to measure the hillside slope and lay out a flag line that would drop gradually down to the creek crossing and then rise back up to the existing trail. When we returned in April we used Sam the dozer to build that section, and she was also useful in ferrying out materials to build the bridge and carrying away excavated dirt to build up a low area in another section of trail.

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Katy Memorial Herman Hospital

Posted by Ryan Spates in S&S Project Gallery on Mar. 25, 2010 - 12:23 pm

Several months ago S&S Trails was contacted by Terri DeLoach, the Director of Customer Experience Management at Katy Memorial Hermann hospital, to explore the possibilities for installing a crushed granite walking path for staff and employees to use. Every year the hospital sponsors an employee contribution campaign to add features that improve the environment for staff and patients alike. For example, a past project created an outdoor seating area and healing garden, complete with a beautiful rock enclosed fountain that provides a calming place for people to sit and visit or meditate. When Terri searched for Texas trail builders on the internet she found our webpage and decided that she liked what she saw and that we were relatively local, so she decided to give us a call. (Incidentally this is the first confirmed contract that we have received solely from the existence of our webpage and not from word-of-mouth advertising or a personal referral. Thanks Megan and Marty for doing such a great job with our online marketing!)

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Pedernales Falls State Park

Posted by Ryan Spates in S&S Project Gallery, Uncategorized on Mar. 2, 2010 - 8:36 am

S&S Trails completed the horse trail reroutes that were begun last fall. The construction process was plagued by delays due to bad weather and some bureaucratic challenges to overcome, but fortunately we were able to work hard when we were allowed to do so and we managed to complete everything by the March 1 deadline.

The project completion deadline had to do with the fact that some of the proposed reroutes were located in golden cheeked warbler habitat, an endangered songbird that nests in the hill country region during the spring. Federal and state guidelines mandate that no mechanized equipment can be used in those habitat regions from March 1 through September to prevent interfering with the birds’ nesting and mating patterns. Therefore we were on tight schedule to get everything completed in a timely manner to comply with regulations enforced by the state park’s regional resources manger.

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Canyon Creek Trail Updates

Posted by Ryan Spates in S&S Project Gallery on Feb. 11, 2010 - 5:29 pm

The beginning of this year saw S&S Trails back at Canyon Creek making some of the last improvements to be done on the trail system. These improvements include a half mile addition of trail, half that will be great for mountain biking and half that will be great for hiking. Also included in this scope of work was a rebuild of the two bridges that had been washed out by a huge rain in the past.

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Video of Warda Section

Posted by Ryan Spates in S&S Project Gallery on Jan. 5, 2010 - 10:16 pm

A year ago, we built a new section of mountain bike specific trail at Warda’s Bluff Creek Ranch that we think came out pretty good. Here’s a video of it thanks to Chris Jenkins!