The U.S. Forest Service decided that white trail diamonds will be used for non-motorized trails across the United States. The new white diamonds recently arrived, so TRACKS (www.trackswhitemountains.org) volunteers are taking down all the blue trail marker diamonds and replacing them with white reflective ones.
The new signs are like the Emergency Response diamonds, just not with codes on them. Reflective diamonds are more visible in low light conditions.
This project requires placing about 9,500 new trail marker diamonds on the 200-plus mile White Mountains Trail System for hikers, mountain bikers, trail runners, bird watchers, geocachers and equestrians in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests.
The WMTS is a very popular outdoor recreation opportunity in the White Mountains and is a major contributor to the regional economy. More than 70,000 WMTS trail brochures were distributed to residents and visitors over the past four years, and the White Mountains Independent recently published a “Take a Hike” guide, which has been widely distributed.
As reported by the White Mountain Independent, for the full story, click here.