Here is what I did today on the Pond Brook Connector Trail. First I layed it out with pin flags. Then I raked the path, cut branches that were sticking out and moved all the dead fall. I moved logs and downed trees on the outside of the switch back curve and then I stared benching. There was probably a inch or two of duff and then I was already at the mineral soil.
I started benching from the top of beginning of the switch back curve and stopped at the current trail.
Below is the switch back curve.