Trail Inventory Process for BCHBC
One of the main goals of the BCHBC is to inventory as many trails as possible in BC so that all riders can enjoy trails in a variety of areas around the province.
In order to do this we need to have quality GPS data, directions to the trail heads and a little information on the trail. We have put together a “Trail Inventory Process” that would help accomplish this goal and keep consistency with the data and inventory of trails.
Here are the guidelines:
- Contact the land manager for process to get the trail established (only public lands, usually through RSTBC or BC Parks)
- Make sure the trails are cleared and can be kept maintained
- Once trails are cleared, GPS from start to finish
- Download GPS data onto GPS Trackmaker (Free data editing program @ www.gpstm.com )
- Clean up and edit data
- Save trail as GPS Exchange Fire *.gpx
- Forward exchange file to your local Recreation Sites and Trails or Parks Representative
- Register Trails with Recreation Sites and Trails (Section 57)
- Send exchange file to your BCHBC trail coordinator along with a trail description, trail head locations and directions to the trailheads.
For Publication you will need:
- Name of Trail
- GPS Coordinates for the trail head
- Time to travel the trail
- Season the trail is open
- Difficulty (easy, moderate, difficult)
Access: A very clear description of how to get to the trailhead from a main highway, what space is there for parking a horse rig, are there any corrals or high lining opportunities.
The directions must be very specific.
i.e. “travel Hwy 5 from Barriere for .5 km, turn left (south) on Westsyde Road. Follow Westsyde Road for 12.5 km. The Fishtrap Campsite will be on your left. There are 9 camping spots and 15 paddocks, washroom, picnic tables, fire rings and fresh running water in Fishtrap Creek which runs right past the campsite.”
Trail Description or Area Description
i.e. “There is a panoramic view of Barriere and the North Thompson River from Piles Peak (the local name for Mt. McGregor). This area offers examples of antler markings on aspen trees, old growth forests, etc.
A map of the trail on either google earth, or suitable base map.
Got questions? Ready to submit your data? Please contact any of the following: