Trail work does not stop after the initial build. In fact, the largest majority of trail work is the management of existing trails. Trail management can range from well-funded organizations with dedicated staff to a creative volunteer group with no staff. The intensity of management can also range widely based on user experience, whether it is an isolated trail in the wilderness or an urban greenway.
Trail maintenance is the work required to keep a trail open, safe and functioning as designed. This can range from routine — picking up litter, pruning the trail corridor, removing downed trees, cleaning and clearing structures — to the relatively uncommon — replacing bridges, rerouting, clearing landslides.
Trails are dynamic entities. Even the most precisely designed trails require routine maintenance to keep them in check. Proper maintenance can ensure trail longevity, minimize resource degradation and prevent major renovations and costly degradations.