Have you ever been hiking at a place that has a large, interconnected network of trails, many of which have their own names, or have you ever backpacked on a long distance trail that has many distinct sections? When trying to add trails like those to the website, it can be really difficult, if not down-right impossible, to fully describe such a trail in one simple trail listing.

This is where the new trail system pages come in: with a trail system, you can start by writing a description that sums up the entire trail system or long distance trail as a whole. Then, to add more detail, you can create additional trail listings that give more specifics about each individual trail or section of trail.

If some trails in the system have better views, unique attractions such as waterfalls or historic sites, or are easier or harder than the other trails, you can mention that in the individual listings. This helps people who are visiting an area with a massive spider web of trails decide which ones they want to visit. Or, if it is a long-distance trail, it helps to divide it into sections, as most people will generally hike shorter sections of a long-distance trail (such as the Appalachian Trail) instead of thru-hiking the entire thing all at once.

When a trail system is created, it will look like this when browsing through all of the trails in a state:

If you click on the arrow, it will expand and show all of the sub-listings under that trail system as well:

Also, when on the actual page for the specific trail system, you can click over to the pages for each individual trail too:

And, from each individual trail page, you can click up a level to the overarching trail system page:

In all of this, our goal is to provide a cleaner, less cluttered trail database and a more useful source of information for you, the user. Based on the positive results that we have had with this new system over the past year on Singletracks, we are confident that it will help better the Tripleblaze experience for everyone.