My way is a little more work, but well worth it in the end. I agree walking it and marking it is step one. Marking paint for whole trees and tp hanging from branches makes for a good visual line of sight indicator. Regarding the small stumps....take a shovel! A mil surplus folding one is all you need. Dig around them a little bit so you can get the stump below grade. As you drive down the trail more and more with your rig and the soil compacts, those stumps cut at ground level, will all of a sudden be a few inches above grade! What you will be cutting will be dirty so use semi chisel chain if sawing, and keep a spare handy along with a file. If they are small enough for loppers, use em! I tend to leave the stumps 12" above ground, paint em up, and the very last step is stumping since it trashes chains with a quickness!