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Trail Building School Overview

IMBA’s Trail Building School teaches IMBA's philosophies and trains local volunteers and land managers on how to build and maintain sustainable singletrack. The school involves three hours in the classroom followed by about four hours in the field doing hands-on trail work and field instruction. Plan this classroom session for Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon. (Read more about choosing a trail building project.)

If you request a TCC visit, you MUST schedule the IMBA Trail Building School. Please note that the crews do not teach mechanized trail building.

Participants are expected to come to both the classroom and field sessions on Saturday. If someone can only come to one, direct him or her towards the classroom session. It can take away from the field session experience if people who didn’t attend the classroom session end up asking a lot of questions about things that were covered.

General outline of the classroom presentation:

  • Introduction to IMBA
  • Introduction to the Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew
  • Trail building theory
  • Essential elements of sustainable trails
  • Designing a trail
  • Constructing the trail
  • Rerouting and reclaiming trails
  • Advanced trail construction techniques

Who to invite?

  • Any trail user (bike, pedestrian, equestrian, etc.)
  • People interested in or tasked with trail design, building and maintenance, such and land managers and city planners
  • Community service: those who oversee a community service program, those who need to complete a community service project
  • Anyone who would like to understand the elements for trail sustainability
  • Anyone who has to communicate the elements for trail sustainability
  • High school mountain biking teams and local scout troops (16 and older, please)
  • University students (cycling teams, urban planners, parks and recreation majors, etc.)
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