Trail Building and Design
There's more to building a trail than moving rocks and dirt. Trails are usually part of larger systems that are the result of careful and diligent planning and collaboration. These trail systems must serve the needs of multiple user groups and take environmental and geographical factors into account.
While land managers and other administrators are ultimately responsible for land planning processes, committed trail users and community groups have important roles to play as well. Planning, after all, is ultimately about the big picture, and that picture includes not only the forest and the trees, but also the entire trails community.
IMBA's online resources on trail building emphasize the importance of well-planned trail systems, and offer advice for how to create a trail system plan that can create good experiences for diverse visitors, minimize user conflict and environmental damage, and hold up in the future.
- Advocacy and Organizing
- Bike Parks and Freeriding
- Grants and Fundraising
- Liability and Insurance
- Maps and Signs
- Mountain Bike Research
- Trail Building and Design
- An Easy Way to Toughen Trails
- Build Twists and Turns to Add Challenge to Trails
- Closing and Reclaiming Damaged Trails
- Common Trail Building Mistakes
- Designing and Building Sustainable Trails
- The Importance of Singletrack
- Managing Risk With Trail Design
- Mechanized Trailbuilding
- Multi-Use Trails
- Trail Building Tips for Sensitive Areas
- Trail Building with Kids
- Trail Flow
- Tool Resource Guide
- Rock Sling
- Trail Assessment
- 2012 World Summit
Celebrating 25 years
2013 is IMBA's Silver Anniversary. That's 25 years of building trails and protecting your right to ride them.