The kids kept getting muddy from trying to get up and down this embankment on their way to and from the bus stop each day. We had to find a better way. I’ll tell you, quick and dirty projects like this are my favorite. There’s nothing precise about this, it’s simple, took very limited time, and it adds more than just functionality.

Landscape Timber Trail Steps

Cut away a flat step-like edge up the embankment. I used a shovel and pick axe. The dirt here was a lot easier to work with than several other projects (this low lying area stays pretty moist AND it was spring – lot’s of moisture – meaning the soil was really easy to control).

Creating simple trail steps.

In no time, it’s coming together.

Creating Trail Steps

Using 4×6 landscape timbers and 3ft rebar I’m able to quickly and easily secure the steps to my stair cutouts.

Tools needed:

  1. Circular Saw
  2. Hand Saw
  3. Tape Measure
  4. Square
  5. Pencil
  6. 6″ Drill Bit
  7. Heavy Drilling Hammer
  8. Shovel
  9. Pick Axe
  10. Level

Materials needed

  1. 4×6 Landscape Timbers
  2. 2x 3ft (5/16th) rebar – for each step.

Drill the hole as straight as you can, level out the step you created in the dirt, place the landscape timber on the step and go to town on that rebar (depending on the ground – this could be a workout).

Using Rebar - Landscape Timber Trail Steps

Couple years later and the stairs could use a little love… but they’re still working just fine, I’ll just let them be for now.

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