Friday, June 22, 2012


Grab your trail and squeeze

Choke: A slight narrowing in the trail tread usually with rock or logs. Used to control user speed. A choke point. A gateway.

Example: A series of logs staggered on either side of the trail to temporarily narrow the route. This can slow trail users at scenic points or before dangerous areas. The narrowing should blend into the trail naturally or users may simply go around it. On multiple-use trails, a choke slows faster travelers like cyclists in congested areas, and can help to avoid conflicts or injuries.