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What features are important to you in a motorized trail?

Views and scenery along the way
Response Percent Response Count
Very important 15.1% 8
Moderately important 34.0% 18
Less important 11.3% 6
Not important 26.4% 14
Wildlife
Response Percent Response Count
Very important 7.5% 4
Moderately important 15.1% 8
Less important 26.4% 14
Not important 35.8% 19
Reaching a destination
Response Percent Response Count
Very important 18.9% 10
Moderately important 15.1% 8
Less important 18.9% 10
Not important 32.1% 17
Solitude
Response Percent Response Count
Very important 11.3% 6
Moderately important 20.8% 11
Less important 22.6% 12
Not important 26.4% 14
Loops/options
Response Percent Response Count
Very important 37.7% 20
Moderately important 15.1% 8
Less important 3.8% 2
Not important 22.6% 12
Physical challenge
Response Percent Response Count
Very important 15.1% 8
Moderately important 20.8% 11
Less important 17.0% 9
Not important 28.3% 15
Length
Response Percent Response Count
Very important 35.8% 19
Moderately important 11.3% 6
Less important 9.4% 5
Not important 22.6% 12
Easy access from my house to the trail
Response Percent Response Count
Very important 20.8% 11
Moderately important 11.3% 6
Less important 15.1% 8
Not important 32.1% 17
Low conflict with other uses
Response Percent Response Count
Very important 56.6% 30
Moderately important 13.2% 7
Less important 7.5% 4
Not important 15.1% 8
Parking at the trailhead
Response Percent Response Count
Very important 17.0% 9
Moderately important 20.8% 11
Less important 15.1% 8
Not important 30.2% 16
Trailhead amenities (toilets, running water)
Response Percent Response Count
Very important 1.9% 1
Moderately important 13.2% 7
Less important 22.6% 12
Not important 43.4% 23
Trail flow/design
Response Percent Response Count
Very important 37.7% 20
Moderately important 13.2% 7
Less important 7.5% 4
Not important 22.6% 12

How concerned are you about the following trail issues?

Gaps in the current system
Response Percent Response Count
Very concerned 26.9% 66
Moderately concerned 39.6% 97
Less concerned 22.9% 56
Not concerned 6.5% 16
Impact on the environment
Response Percent Response Count
Very concerned 27.3% 67
Moderately concerned 41.2% 101
Less concerned 25.3% 62
Not concerned 4.1% 10
Trail maintenance
Response Percent Response Count
Very concerned 30.6% 75
Moderately concerned 51.0% 125
Less concerned 13.9% 34
Not concerned 2.0% 5
Level of use/overuse of trails
Response Percent Response Count
Very concerned 34.7% 85
Moderately concerned 41.6% 102
Less concerned 18.8% 46
Not concerned 3.3% 8
User conflicts
Response Percent Response Count
Very concerned 26.1% 64
Moderately concerned 39.2% 96
Less concerned 27.3% 67
Not concerned 4.5% 11
Trailhead facilities
Response Percent Response Count
Very concerned 4.1% 10
Moderately concerned 19.6% 48
Less concerned 45.3% 111
Not concerned 25.7% 63
Unauthorized (social) trails
Response Percent Response Count
Very concerned 16.3% 40
Moderately concerned 28.6% 70
Less concerned 31.8% 78
Not concerned 20.8% 51
Personal safety/vulnerability
Response Percent Response Count
Very concerned 14.3% 35
Moderately concerned 23.3% 57
Less concerned 33.1% 81
Not concerned 26.9% 66
Not enough easy trails
Response Percent Response Count
Very concerned 4.9% 12
Moderately concerned 13.1% 32
Less concerned 35.9% 88
Not concerned 43.3% 106
Not enough difficult trails
Response Percent Response Count
Very concerned 13.5% 33
Moderately concerned 20.8% 51
Less concerned 37.6% 92
Not concerned 25.7% 63

How adequate do you find trails in Flagstaff on the following topics?

Geographic distribution by neighborhood
Response Percent Response Count
Very adequate 12.1% 29
Moderately adequate 60.3% 144
Less adequate 19.7% 47
Not adequate 1.7% 4
Variety of difficulty levels
Response Percent Response Count
Very adequate 23.8% 57
Moderately adequate 57.3% 137
Less adequate 15.9% 38
Not adequate 1.7% 4
Options for hiking
Response Percent Response Count
Very adequate 42.3% 101
Moderately adequate 49.8% 119
Less adequate 3.8% 9
Not adequate 0.4% 1
Options for mountain biking
Response Percent Response Count
Very adequate 27.2% 65
Moderately adequate 44.8% 107
Less adequate 8.4% 20
Not adequate 4.6% 11
Options for equestrian use
Response Percent Response Count
Very adequate 19.2% 46
Moderately adequate 19.7% 47
Less adequate 7.9% 19
Not adequate 5.0% 12
Options for motorized use
Response Percent Response Count
Very adequate 20.9% 50
Moderately adequate 14.6% 35
Less adequate 11.7% 28
Not adequate 7.5% 18
Options for individuals with mobility limitations
Response Percent Response Count
Very adequate 6.3% 15
Moderately adequate 20.1% 48
Less adequate 27.6% 66
Not adequate 9.6% 23
Overall miles of trails
Response Percent Response Count
Very adequate 26.8% 64
Moderately adequate 51.0% 122
Less adequate 14.2% 34
Not adequate 4.2% 10
Maintenance of trails
Response Percent Response Count
Very adequate 20.1% 48
Moderately adequate 48.1% 115
Less adequate 24.3% 58
Not adequate 5.4% 13
Trailhead amenities
Response Percent Response Count
Very adequate 13.4% 32
Moderately adequate 41.0% 98
Less adequate 28.9% 69
Not adequate 8.4% 20

Many trails used around Flagstaff are unauthorized - they have been established without proper permitting and are not part of the designated trail system. How should unauthorized trails be handled?

Response Percent Response Count
All unauthorized trails should be decommissioned 2.9% 7
Most should be decommissioned 5.7% 14
Some - those causing environmental problems - should be decommissioned 56.6% 138
None should be decommissioned 13.5% 33
Neutral/no opinion 2.5% 6
Other 18.9% 46

Where do you see opportunities, successes, and concerns for Flagstaff's trail system? Use this map to mark locations, and use the comment box to describe the opportunity, success, or concern. Hover the pointer over a trail line to see the name of the trail in the upper right corner of the map.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Do you have other comments you would like to share?

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November 15, 2018, 9:39 AM
  • What is your gender?
    • Male
  • What is your age?
    34
  • What is your home ZIP code?
    86004
  • On average, how often do you use trails in the Flagstaff area?
    • 5 or more times per week
  • For what activities do you use trails? (check all that apply)
    • Walking (short leisurely walks, starting from your house)
    • Day hiking (longer hikes)
    • Mountain biking
  • What trails do you use most commonly? List up to three.
    • South Elden/Fat Man's Loop Stuff
    • Lower Oldham
    • Mount Elden Trails("social trails" included)
  • How do you typically access trails? (check all that apply)
    • Personal motorized vehicle
    • Bicycle
  • When do you use the trails? (check all that apply)
    • Weekdays
    • Weekends
  • What time of day do you generally use the trails? (check all that apply)
    • Mornings
    • Afternoons
    • Evenings
    • Nighttime
  • What time of year do you generally use the trails? (check all that apply)
    • Spring
    • Summer
    • Fall
    • Winter
  • Are there barriers to your trail use? (check all that apply)
    • None, there are no barriers
  • Where do you typically get information about trails? (check all that you use)
    • Guidebook/paper maps
    • Word of mouth
    • Other - I have been in town for 15 years so it has been a combination of exploration and people to allow me to know the trails, no digital research for Flg.
  • How would you rate the overall quality and accuracy of trail information in Flagstaff?
    • Medium
  • Would you use a Flagstaff trail system website to obtain trail information?
    • No
  • What information would you find useful on a trails website? (check all that apply)
    • Maps
  • What do you value about trails?
    • Recreation/having fun
    • Mental health
    • Solitude, peace and quiet
    • Exercise, physical health
    • Family activities
    • Dog friendly
    • Transportation
    • Access to nature
    • Adventure
    • Economic benefits
    • Challenges
    • Other - Trails are a massive reason why I moved here, it is a personal journey of solitude, exercise, decompression and the challenge of technical mountain bike trail riding.
  • What features are important to you in a hiking trail?
    • Views and scenery along the way - Less important
    • Wildlife - Less important
    • Reaching a destination - Moderately important
    • Solitude - Very important
    • Loops/options - Less important
    • Physical challenge - Moderately important
    • Length - Less important
    • Easy access from my house to the trail - Moderately important
    • Low conflict with other uses - Moderately important
    • Parking at the trailhead - Less important
    • Trailhead amenities (toilets, running water) - Less important
    • Trail flow/design - Not important
  • What features are important to you in a running trail?
    No response.
  • What features are important to you in a mountain biking trail?
    • Views and scenery along the way - Less important
    • Wildlife - Less important
    • Reaching a destination - Less important
    • Solitude - Very important
    • Loops/options - Moderately important
    • Physical challenge - Very important
    • Length - Moderately important
    • Easy access from my house to the trail - Moderately important
    • Low conflict with other uses - Very important
    • Parking at the trailhead - Less important
    • Trailhead amenities (toilets, running water) - Less important
    • Trail flow/design - Less important
  • What features are important to you in an equestrian trail?
    No response.
  • What features are important to you in a motorized trail?
    No response.
  • How concerned are you about the following trail issues?
    • Gaps in the current system - Not concerned
    • Impact on the environment - Less concerned
    • Trail maintenance - Less concerned
    • Level of use/overuse of trails - Very concerned
    • User conflicts - Moderately concerned
    • Trailhead facilities - Less concerned
    • Unauthorized (social) trails - Not concerned
    • Personal safety/vulnerability - Not concerned
    • Not enough easy trails - Not concerned
    • Not enough difficult trails - Moderately concerned
  • How adequate do you find trails in Flagstaff on the following topics?
    • Geographic distribution by neighborhood - Moderately adequate
    • Variety of difficulty levels - Very adequate
    • Options for hiking - Moderately adequate
    • Options for mountain biking - Very adequate
    • Overall miles of trails - Moderately adequate
    • Maintenance of trails - Moderately adequate
    • Trailhead amenities - Moderately adequate
  • Many trails used around Flagstaff are unauthorized - they have been established without proper permitting and are not part of the designated trail system. How should unauthorized trails be handled?
    • None should be decommissioned
  • Where do you see opportunities, successes, and concerns for Flagstaff's trail system? Use this map to mark locations, and use the comment box to describe the opportunity, success, or concern. Hover the pointer over a trail line to see the name of the trail in the upper right corner of the map.
    No response.
  • Do you have other comments you would like to share?

    We all have different purposes and uses for the "woods", my main priority is seen through the lens of a mountain bike. The brilliance of the current Flagstaff system is it provides a very easy way to commute by trail, from where I live, and gives easy access to the myriad of trail options up on Mt Elden and the Dry Lake Hills as well as the peaks and beyond. A very large part of my continued interest in these areas for mountain biking is riding the "social", technical, trails. There is a large population of people in the Flagstaff mountain bike community, as well as a growing number of tourists, who place a massive amount of importance on these trails. The presence of these trails and these mountain bikers who use them are often vilified by other recreationalists, by the older population, and it seems environmentalists too. If we need to revamp some of them and make them more "sustainable" with a more modern progressive technical trail design in place, I would much rather see that than they be decommissioned.

    It has become clear that all of the Flagstaff trails add to our economic viability(as I can understand because I own a bike shop in town) but the exploitation and forced sterility of our trails would be unacceptable and a tragedy in many ways. I, like so many people who came here for the trails and woods experience, were drawn to the "cowboy" nature of these trails and the ease of escape. I hope this project can look at the bigger picture and not just look at these trails as dollar signs. Like I said above, I own a bike shop, and am a stakeholder, in town that is directly influenced by these decisions and could benefit from more growth, but if Flagstaff lost it's character in the woods, I and many of us might lose our purpose here. We are seeing Flagstaff change in so many ways right now and I am glad the FTI project is properly reaching out to the public, I hope the mountain bike community steps up to express their concern and value of our way of life, and I believe we have the potential to promote these technical trails to our economic benefit. Check out what they have done outside of Jackson Hole on Teton Pass, cooperation with many entities to have and promote a highly technical and legal riding experience. I have spent the last 20 years riding mountain bikes in Flagstaff and I am still amazed at the world class experience it provides, please let us maintain this character and give locals and tourists alike the reason to come, explore and challenge themselves.

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