The Trace tool from the Editor toolbar cannot trace polygon data where the width of the polygon is the same or less than the snapping tolerance.
Last Published: January 7, 2016ArcGIS for Desktop
Bug ID Number
June 23, 2015
February 14, 2023
ArcGIS for Desktop
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After review by the development team, it has been determined that this issue is related to a known limitation with the software that lies outside of Esri's control. The issue's Additional Information section may contain further explanation.
This is a limitation of the Trace tool in ArcMap. However, in ArcGIS Pro this limitation has been addressed.
Use line data with the correct offset to create the trace or create larger buffers.
Select the feature to be traced, click the Trace tool, and click the O key to access tracing options. In the dialog box, check Trace Selected Features. The Trace tool only uses the selected single feature at any scale.