Nevada State Parks

trail assessment, mapping, and signage

Nevada
State Parks

trail assessment,
mapping, and signage

assessing Nevada trails

Countless miles of Nevada State Park trails have been assessed using both the Universal Trail Assessment Process (UTAP) and the High-Efficiency Trail Assessment Process (HETAP). Trail areas were also inventoried and reconstructed in order to improve accessibility. Endless trail data was displayed for public use via panel maps, online maps, and Trail Access Information (TAI) SignPosts along trailheads. Take a look at some of our work for Nevada State Parks.

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Nevada trail maps

click an image to see a trail access information map

click an image to see a trail access information map

2003 - 2005

Beneficial Designs utilized the High-Efficiency Trail Assessment Process (HETAP) to perform detailed assessments of the complete trail system for each of the projects in Northern Nevada that received Recreation Trails Program funding, but have not yet been assessed. The project team met with park managers at each identified project to perform a preliminary review of the location and all primary and secondary trails and to identify the primary trails for assessment. Permitted user groups were determined for each trail, and the assessment of park features such as parking, bathrooms, campsites and picnic areas will be performed. The detailed data obtained via HETAP was used to provide park management with trail data reports that enhance the accuracy and effectiveness of planning, budgeting, and decision-making. Trail Access Information (TAI) was created for all primary trails that were assessed. TAI included full color artwork and printed panel signs for the complete trail system in each park. Artwork and prints for TAI SignPosts was also created for each trail assessed. All artwork was provided in digital formats to be used by the park manager for pocket maps or for posting on websites.

2006 - 2007

6,028 lineal feet of an existing aggregate base trail were paved to a width of approximately eight feet wide in the northwest Reno McQueen area. As part of the trail improvements three interpretive signs, four Mutt Mitt® Dispensers, three concrete trash receptacles and three concrete benches were installed along the route. Most of the work was completed under a construction contract. The city provided most of the accessory materials (signs, trash receptacles, benches, etc.) through separate vendor purchases.

2007 Tahoe Meadows

Approximately one new mile of trail was constructed, connecting the Tahoe Rim Trail and Ophir Creek Trail. A floating trail tread surface was installed on 100 foot test sections. Rock causeways supported trail tread over determined wet areas. Two steel I-beam bridges with wooden planks over Ophir Creek were built. Three new trailheads with approximately ten stair steps descending from each into the meadow were installed. Six to eight objective trail information and demonstrative signs were posted at trailheads and trail intersections. Existing social trails were covered and raked and all designated and social trails were GPS inventoried and measured with the Universal Trail Assessment Process.

2008 Tahoe Meadows

This project finished construction of 1,150 feet of boardwalk, constructed two miles of sustainable foot trail, a 100 foot access trail from the highway shoulder to meadow and realigned short trail sections further away from Ophir Creek. New signs were created and installed including two large and five small overhead maps at trail junctions, two regulatory signs, three meadow closure signs, five carsonite TAI SignPosts along the highway shoulder, seven carsonite use symbol signs at key intersections, and approximately 30 stream protection signs along Ophir Creek.

2009 - 2010

Artwork was designed and installed for on-trail signs, trailhead maps, and internet trail information for 31 parks and 85 trails that were identified as high priority by users and land management agencies. Seven Mutt Mitt kits and seven bear resistant trash receptacles were also installed at Forest Service trailheads. These recreational trail opportunities provided greater accessibility and information to current and potential trail users.

152.6 miles of trail were assessed. 198 TAI SignPosts and 36 trail maps were installed.

2011 - 2012

Beneficial Designs assessed 94.7 miles of trail for 70 trails in 15 Nevada State Parks and 1 Forest Service trail system. 60 maps and 118 TAI SignPosts were printed.

The project team met with park managers at each identified Nevada State Park to perform a preliminary review of the location and all primary and secondary trails and to identify the primary trails for assessment. Permitted user groups were determined for each trail. The assessment of park features such as parking, bathrooms, campsites and picnic areas were performed.

The detailed data obtained via HETAP was used to provide the park manager with trail data reports to enhance the accuracy and effectiveness of planning, budgeting, and decision-making. Trail Access Information (TAI) was created for all primary trails that were assessed. TAI included full color artwork and printed panel signs for the complete trail system in each park. Artwork and prints for TAI on-trail signage were also created for each trail assessed. All artwork was provided in digital formats, which were able to be used by the park manager for pocket maps or for posting on websites.

Nevada State Parks

a division of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources