"We had only been using about 5 of our 40 acres in McCloud, CA before we hired Trailscape to "open up" our property. After collaborating on a possible route for our trail system, I met Randy in person at our property on the day we had set to stake out the trails.
Bottom line - Randy was exceptionally easy to work with and didn't come across as having to be "right" all the time. He was willing to incorporate my recommendations and suggestions when they made sense but there were also times when he recommended against what I was suggesting based on his experience. It was a truly collaborative experience.
The trail work was actually completed while we were away, giving us the luxury of experiencing the trails as a finished product our first time on them. Our reaction was: WOW!!!! We were amazed. Not only were the trails exactly what we were hoping for, the entire job was completed on time and within budget. I highly recommend Randy and Trailscape for your trails project."
~ Jeff P.
"Thank you for the great job you did on our 3/4-mile trail at Sorensen's Resort in Hope Valley. As I mentioned, I started building that trail by hand 10 years ago, but with running a popular resort, I could never find the time to continue. We love the way you meandered the trail around the trees and especially like the fact that you were willing to take our suggestions. With some fabulous views and picnic spots along the way, it feels truly magical."
~ John & Patty Brissenden
Innkeepers at Sorensen's Resort
"We hired Trailscape this past summer to build 3 miles of multi-use trail. It turned out fantastic. Randy's GPS skills made it a breeze to communicate where we wanted the trail in relationship to other planned resort activity areas. Trailscape meandered the trail beautifully in and among the trees and found beautiful vistas. We loved the way the trail was artfully and sustainably designed & constructed to provide an interval workout on the way up while slowing the users down right before turns. It will be loved by hikers, runners and bicyclists as well as for summer training."
~ Christopher Parker
Lower Village Loop Trail
"I was able to ride Mother Lode at Tahoe Donner yesterday and marveled at the great flow. Thanks for making an awesome trail! Please pass my thanks/praise on to Sean Connelly, too. It's awesome to see great bike-positive singletrack getting built."
~ Will Aldrich
San Francisco & Tahoe Donner Guest
Mother Lode Trail
"We were interested in having a new trail built that would be accessible to all abilities while still being fun for more experienced riders; once again Randy and his crew did not disappoint. Working with Randy on trail design, layout and construction was thought-provoking, educational and just plain enjoyable. Randy and his crew were friendly and easy to work with. They took my concerns and ideas and ran with them to create a trail that is beautiful, fun and hugely popular. I would highly recommend Trailscape’s services and expertise to anyone looking for great customer service and quality workmanship."
~ Sean Connelly
Tahoe Donner Association
Mother Lode Trail
"I had the pleasure of working with Randy and his crew this summer re-routing a section of our trail off of an old fire road and onto a new, non-motorized, multi-use singletrack. From start to finish Randy was the consummate professional going above and beyond what I would consider excellent customer service and guidance. Thanks for all the hard work!"
~ Kevin Starr
Truckee Donner Land Trust
Donner Lake Rim Trail
"I wanted to take the time to express how incredible of a job you did on the new trails! I've raced mountain bikes for several years and was incredibly bored with what the area had to offer as far as challenging terrain. After riding some of the new trail network, I am renewed and excited about cycling again! (It is obvious you were very meticulous in mapping out every corner, every vista and mindful of the views as well - the banked corners were a real nice touch!) This is a trail network I can brag to my out of town friends about and it rivals anything that I previously had to driver hours away to ride! I found myself at the truck after a ride yesterday giddy with anticipation of my next ride up there. Awesome, great job!"
~ Stu Speer
"Randy designed and built 6 miles of hiking/biking trails on my property. We have 260 acres in the Sierra foothills, elevation range from 1650 to 2100 feet, so the design had to be creative to a) provide some length without becoming redundant, b) Take in various sights and landmarks. c) Be designed to account for drainage and maintenance. And d) not be overly strenuous at any point (I have young children).
Randy is an excellent trail designer and a really hard worker. His process is collaborative, so you need to be willing to get involved with the design. The work was done in a thoughtful, professional manner, and finished on schedule and on budget.
We would hire Trailscape to build a trail again! In fact, we did! Trailscape built the our trail in two segments, 2 miles in 2010, and 4 miles in 2011. And we still have another mile mapped out for future expansion.
Randy is an artist/craftsman, and I'm a pragmatist. In the design phase, Randy would see his trails as a work of art, and sometimes I saw them as a way to get from point A to point B. I was happy to work with him on the design -- actually walk the layout with him and give feedback. The trail we have now is excellent, and I feel a real sense of ownership, having helped with the design and done my own maintenance.
To the maintenance point: If the trail, or sections of it, doesn't get regular use, it can become overgrown. Over the past year - plus, I've purchased equipment and developed a schedule of maintenance to keep our trail looking buff. You'll need to consider this when you lay out the trail.
Other than the aforementioned points, it's a simple "yes" to the questions of, "Do we love our trail?", "Did Randy do a great job?", "Would you hire him again?"
~ Jeremy Wagner