Pagosa Springs, Colorado
Arrowhead Trails, Inc. had had the pleasure to work with a wonderful private landowner in Pagosa Springs, Colorado for the past 3 years on one of the most difficult projects we have ever attempted to design and construct since ATI opened its’ doors in 1994. The client contacted us in 2010 to see if it would be possible to build a trail along a very steep ridge to the high point of the client’s property. Locals call the ridge “Hell’s Pocket” because of the sheer steepness of the side slope and the intense thickness of the vegetation that holds the hill side together. After working on the project for 4-6 week intervals for the past 3 years, the Arrowhead Crew finally made it to the top in 2012!
The finished trail traversed side slopes that ranged from 20-75%, included over 20 switchbacks, and ended up being a little over a mile long when we reached the top of the 900’ elevation gain. The project was a hybrid of machine and hand building trail construction techniques. Machines were utilized until side slopes consistently hovered around the 65% measurement. ATI also constructed and cleared out forested areas for natural surfaced patios used for entertaining guests. ATI hopes to return in 2013 to clear a corridor for a black diamond ski run!