I'm looking to build a walking path on a few acres of my property. I have a JD 1026R tractor, 26HP, 18 HP at the rear PTO, 3 pt hitch, 4WD. I have a front loader, snow/push blade, mid mount mower, ballast box for it.
First phase is to clear a path down a hill, fairly steep slope. Looks like there might have been a path many many years ago when this was a farm, but a lot of honeysuckle and small trees in the way. I'm thinking I'll also want to put down some surface material (crushed limestone, gravel, open to ideas) to build a better surface for taking tractor up and down hill as well as walking.
Phase two is to build a path about 4-5 ft wide around the base of the hill, about the size of a football field. Some trees to clear, but mostly fallen trees, brush, honeysuckle, looking to have it be a meandering path, not a perfect road surface.
Possible phase three would be to build a second access path from the opposite side of the property, but its pretty steep over there and not sure if I could use tractor.
So what methods should i use to build the path, smooth it down, lay some surface material down, etc? Rear blade, box blade, rake, etc? So far I've only used the tractor in the woods to clear off brush piles and cut/fallen trees with bucket of FEL.