Storing and Organizing Your Trail Signs

By Larry Gomes, White Mountain Ridge Runners

For Trail Masters Meeting – December 4, 2004

 

If you are like most clubs, your trail signs are competing for space in your club garage or even your home garage.   For most of the year, they sit there ignored (or buried behind other stuff) until mid-December, when they suddenly take center stage.  At that point, you are scrambling to find the signs that you need to post and the signs that you ordered from the Trails Bureau.  Generally speaking, things could be better organized.

 

After a frustrating experience last fall, we decided to re-organize our signs alphabetically.  It allows anyone to quickly find the signs that they need and to put them back in the right place at the end of the season. 

 

Building a Sign Storage Cabinet

Our re-organization started with a steel storage cabinet.  We set up the metal shelves so they could fit a standard size milk crate.  Then we used milk crates to break up the cabinet into sections. 

 

We stored our signs into (and between) the milk crates in alphabetical order using the list on the reverse side of this document.  When we were done, we put labels on the door next to each shelf so we would know which signs should be stored on that shelf.


 

Trail Signs – Stored in Alphabetical Order

 

Trail Sign Name

Qty on Hand

Arrow – Orange

 

Arrow – Yellow

 

Caution

 

Caution – Bridge Ahead

 

Caution – Gate Ahead

 

Caution – Logging Ahead

 

Chevron

 

Corridor Trail

 

Dead End – Do Not Enter

 

Diamond – Orange

 

Junction Ahead

 

Keep Right

 

Landowner Sign

 

No Snowmobiles (Logging)

 

No Snowmobiles (Symbol)

 

No Snowmobiles (Words)

 

Object / Bridge Marker  (Black Stripes on Yellow)

 

Please Stay On Trail

 

Plantation

 

Primary Trail

 

S-Curves Ahead

 

Services (Blue on white sign available from NHSA)

 

Slow

 

Snowmobiles Permitted on This Trail

 

Snowmobile Speed Limit (10 mph)

 

Stay on Trail or Stay Home

 

Stop

 

Stop Ahead

 

Trail Bikes / ATV Prohibited

 

Trail Funded by Registration Fees

 

Trail Information

 

Trail Parking

 

Watch for Groomer

 

Wheeled Vehicles Prohibited