Spatial Analyst to assess multiple loops

Discussion created by juan.poblete on Aug 13, 2014
Latest reply on Aug 22, 2014 by Dan_Patterson

Hi! I am kind of new to ArcGIS and I would appreciate some help. I need to create a network of footpaths joining multiple destinations and carry a cost / benefit analysis based on; landuse, slope and proximity to tourist attractions in order to identify suitable loops. The scenario is new footpaths within a natural state reserve)   The sketch attached is a simplification of the real problem and does not take into account the real number of points  (about 25) and the potential loops they can create (which I believe should rise up to 25!). In the sketch attached the result of the analysis should highlight which loop is preferable; 1-2-4-1 or 2-3-4-2.   I have thought on carrying a cost distance analysis for each par of points and then carry a OD cost matrix. Is there a better way todo this?