Over the years we've pursued some measure that reveals the character of 900+ miles of trail here. Often we talk about a trail's length or steepness with other dimensions gleaned from the base map. In this experiment we are creating zones at discreet locations along trail and estimating the character of that location.
Trails segments from various public lands have been joined (unsplit) to develop a comprehensive network.
Zones are 200-ft in diameter and spaced every 330 feet (1/16 of a mile) along each trail.
Within each zone the dominate and minority land cover classes are determined. Four classifications are made:
Within each zone, the elevation relief was calculated. The height of the zone shows the relative relief in the area. The highest zones are among cliffs while the lowest are ridge tops or valley bottoms.
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Draft: August 7, 2019
Preliminary data sources include trail locations collected with GPS, NLCD 2016 Land Cover, USGS 3D Elevation Program.
Steep, open scenic conditions
Cliff, woodland scenic conditions