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Dec. 3, 2009  Senna Hills, Austin, Tx
Oct. 26, 2009  Pedernales Falls Equestrian Trails
Aug. 23, 2009  White Salmon Project
Mar. 8, 2009  Lost Pines Nature Trails
Mar. 7, 2009  Tyler State Park
Feb. 25, 2009  George Mitchell Nature Preserve
Nov. 12, 2008  McMillin Homes, San Antonio
Nov. 11, 2008  Hill Country Youth Ranch
Nov. 11, 2008  Possum Kingdom Lake
Nov. 11, 2008  Caddo National Grassland


Senna Hills, Austin, Tx

Posted by Ryan Spates in S&S Project Gallery, S&S Trails Blog on Dec. 3, 2009 - 1:29 pm

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S&S Trail Services recently completed the first natural surface trail system in the Senna Hills community on Bee Cave Road in west Austin. The project development followed a convoluted path and came about in part due to a referral from our former business partner, who was unavailable to complete the project himself when the opportunity arose. Last spring several members of the board of directors for the homeowner’s association (HOA) decided that a trail would be a nice amenity for the neighborhood. The Senna Hills community is near the Barton Creek West neighborhood, which has trails that were developed many years ago and our company has performed maintenance work on over the past few years. Apparently homeowners in Senna Hills would sometimes venture over to Barton Creek West to utilize the trail system, as they had no trails available in their own back yard. The HOA board members knew that a nice parcel of land owned by the community was not going to be utilized for building new homes, and would therefore be available as protected green space that could have a trail built on it to allow the homeowners to walk and bicycle in the woods.
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Pedernales Falls Equestrian Trails

Posted by Ryan Spates in S&S Project Gallery, S&S Trails Blog on Oct. 26, 2009 - 2:51 pm

So, September kept S&S Trails busy with reroutes on the horse trails at Pedernales Falls State Park, and with exploring some contract opportunities for the coming months. We were able to finish about half of the work that needed to be done at the state park. The rest will be finished in November, when the funding is complete.

We used a couple of new to us techniques that really helped make the project go well. We were rerouting trails that were fall line, and putting in contour trail. This also meant we needed to close down the old sections of trail. We wanted to rehab the trails as best we could. This meant that the hard packed earth had to be dealt with. Typically, this would involve scoring the ground somehow, but the trails had eroded down to bedrock in many locations, making scarification almost impossible. Also, we had this issue of all this top soil we were removing from the new sections of trail, that would just get moved downhill. Our solution came in the form of a Bradco Tilt Attach. We used our blade to get the bench cuts started and a second machine equipped with the tilt attach to scoop up the spoils. We then deposited the spoils on the old trail tread, filling it as well as we could. This helped in a number of ways, the largest is it all but eliminated the hand work that needed to be done on the new sections of trail. True, there were still track marks to get rid of and some masking to do, but not the large amount of labor intensive dirt raking.

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White Salmon Project

Posted by Ryan Spates in S&S Project Gallery on Aug. 23, 2009 - 2:17 pm

S&S Trails worked on two short projects in the Pacific Northwest while escaping the Texas summer heat. The first was a planned one that we learned of through our membership in the Professional Trail Builders Association, while the second was a spur-of-the-moment opportunity that arose due to our collegial relationship with IMBA.

August 15-16 we worked in a small town just across the Columbia River from Hood River, Oregon. A private landowner decided to buy his wife a mountain bike trail for her birthday and he contacted the PTBA, which then posted the job listing for its members to bid on. Most of our colleagues in the industry were busy with larger projects and we had already planned to be in the area visiting friends, so it worked out well for us to go build for a couple days on this private piece of land. Our friends Scott and Rita (former Wisconsin IMBA reps) helped us out, and we four were very productive over the weekend. It also helped that birthday-girl Jeanne and her husband Steve were hard workers and wanted to be involved with the process of designing and building sustainable trail on their land.


Video Time Lapse shot by Scott at FX4.net

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Lost Pines Nature Trails

Posted by Ryan Spates in S&S Project Gallery, S&S Trails Blog on Mar. 8, 2009 - 3:27 pm

S&S Trails was invited by Environmental Stewardship, a Bastrop, Texas based non-profit, to help improve 3/4 of a mile of singletrack at the Lost Pines Nature Trails site. The project included widening sections of the trail along the river, completing the corridor work along the return route, and lots of bench cutting on the steep hill slopes. The intent was to make a nice hiking and mountain biking trail.

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Tyler State Park

Posted by Ryan Spates in S&S Project Gallery, S&S Trails Blog on Mar. 7, 2009 - 8:10 pm

S&S Trail Services was contacted through a volunteer organization and TPWD Resource personnel on a previous trip to Tyler to start on a master plan for Tyler State Park. There have been some ongoing erosion issues in the park, one of which required an emergency repair due to the sudden acceleration of erosion on that particular spot which led to a dangerous drop-off.

Tyler After
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George Mitchell Nature Preserve

Posted by Ryan Spates in S&S Project Gallery, S&S Trails Blog on Feb. 25, 2009 - 9:44 pm

S&S Trails was contracted by Montgomery County Precinct 3 to add a section of trail in the George Mitchell Nature Preserve. It has long been a goal of both the county and the Woodlands Development Corporation to give trail users a view of Spring Creek from both sides of the preserve. S&S Constructed a roughly 600 foot section of trail off the main outer loop that allows users to see the confluence of two tributaries and Spring Creek.

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McMillin Homes, San Antonio

Posted by Ryan Spates in S&S Project Gallery on Nov. 12, 2008 - 12:09 pm

Project Type: Design, build
Length: Several thousand feet
Use: Hiking, walking
Dimensions: 5 feet wide

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Hill Country Youth Ranch

Posted by Ryan Spates in S&S Project Gallery on Nov. 11, 2008 - 12:53 pm

Hill Country Youth Ranch
Project Type: Education, Volunteer Management
Length: Several hundred feet
Use: Hiking, mountain biking
Dimensions: 2′ feet wide
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Possum Kingdom Lake

Posted by Ryan Spates in S&S Project Gallery on Nov. 11, 2008 - 12:52 pm

Possum Kingdom Lake
Project Type: Design
Length: 8 miles
Use: Hiking, mountain biking
Dimensions: 4′ feet wide

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Caddo National Grassland

Posted by Ryan Spates in S&S Project Gallery on Nov. 11, 2008 - 12:52 pm

Caddo National Grassland – Lake Fannin Recreation Area
Project Type: Design
Length: 3.8 miles
Use: Hiking, mountain biking
Dimensions: 2′ to 3′ feet wide

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