How is it possible to draw a path, which follows a given grade or a trail grade / slope relation?

I know least cost path where I was able to calculate least cost path using the slope and avoid steep areas (or steep fall line trails), as far as I understood it. That's what I did for now.

What I need is a trail, which is either not steeper than 10 %, independent from the slope, or whose trail grade is not more than half of the slope.

I try to set up a method for a bike trail suitability analysis based on multiple indicators. These two criteria are conditions for sustainable trails regarding erosion and water runoff. The trail would have a start and end point or several possible start and end points.

If I was not clear: Trail grade is the steepness of the trail, slope the steepness of the hill.

I'd also be glad with a corridor instead of one specific narrow path.

Further, I'd prefer a QGIS solution, but could also work with ArcGIS.

  • @BERA I've just edited my question!
    – Kevkev770
    Dec 12, 2017 at 10:24
  • A slope raster should be enough? For example with green colors <=10 % slope and red >10%. The green would be your corridor
    – BERA
    Dec 12, 2017 at 10:42
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    There is similar questions: gis.stackexchange.com/questions/131702/… ; gis.stackexchange.com/questions/223037/…
    – nagib
    Dec 12, 2017 at 10:42
  • @BERA but then I still only have the slope from DEM which might be a good start. But how could I calculate trail grade then? (It might still be possible to build a trail with 8% grade in the green area, where I'd prefer trail grade to be max. 1/2 of slope)
    – Kevkev770
    Dec 12, 2017 at 11:03
  • @nagib this looks interesting! did you find a QGIS solution for PEGGER in the meantime?
    – Kevkev770
    Dec 12, 2017 at 11:08


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