Understanding the current state of practice for steep switchback construction in B.C., and how to improve current practices, is important for industry safety, environmental impacts, and economics. In B.C., construction of steep roads and switchbacks is not uncommon, as 24% of the allowable cut annual (AAC) is located on slopes greater than 35%. This amounts to approximately 10 million m3 of harvestable timber volume on the Coast and 8 million m3 of harvestable timber volume in the Interior. Building forest roads in steep and challenging terrain poses safety, construction, environmental, and financial challenges. In some instances, companies have already begun harvesting at high elevations, and are reviewing policies and guidelines for what is considered safe, environmentally responsible operations for road construction and log hauling.