Most trail networks are a patchwork of land ownerships, typically including multiple federal agencies with private parcels interspersed throughout. A sudden closure across the smallest parcel can jeopardize access. Many landowners generally support continuing public access but see increasing challenges and lack the time, resources or energy to manage for access. Land managers may refuse to designate key portions of trail that lack easements across private parcels. TCP can play all roles to establish and maintain easements to ensure continuing public access and implement techniques and procedures to maintain the peace with the many generous landowners who support continuing public access.