Design

Skill Definition

Delineate the trail alignment, width, height, grade and structures appropriate to the intended trail use.


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Documents and Media for Design

Sustainable Trail Bridge Design
Sustainable Trail Bridge Design

Designing trail bridges based on trail-specific Trail Management Objectives (TMOs) is essential for providing the desired trail experience, for ensuring user safety, and for maximizing bridge longevity.

Guidelines for a Quality Trail Experience
Guidelines for a Quality Trail Experience

In the context of mountain bike trails, excellence is realized when a trail design merges the desired outcomes and difficulty that a rider seeks with the setting in which the outcomes are realized.

Natural Surface Trails by Design
Natural Surface Trails by Design

This groundbreaking book presents eleven generative concepts as the foundation for a concise process that explains, relates, and predicts what actually happens on all natural surface trails.


Trail Skills Training Library

Recorded Trainings for Design

Digital Transformation of Trail Management and Monitoring
Digital Transformation of Trail Management and Monitoring

Mike Linnane of Evolve Technologies and award-winning Trail Manager Eoin Hogan will present on the development path of the world’s first integrated digital trail management system. The webinar will outline the evolution from a paper-based trail…

Wilderness Trails: Special Places, Special Considerations.
Wilderness Trails: Special Places, Special Considerations.

This webinar will provide some basic information on trails in federally-designated Wilderness, examples of practical experiences, and resources to learn more. Presented by: Pete Irvine, retired, USDA Forest Service Dan Abbe, Wilderness Specialist,…


Further Education

Training Programs for Design

IMBA Trail Solutions Advanced Trail Building School
IMBA Trail Solutions Advanced Trail Building School

Partner with IMBA Trail Solutions and create with confidence. By deploying a complete range of skills–including visioning, detailed design, professional construction, and training for stewardship–our comprehensive approach saves resources.

Trails Certificate
Trails Certificate

Gain insight into best practices related to the design, construction and maintenance of trails. Learn about and apply techniques that can enhance, rehabilitate and protect trails and greenways. Participants will also learn about trail…

Sustainable Trails Development
Sustainable Trails Development

The Sustainable Trails curriculum welcomes students from various fields who are interested in trails development, programming and management, as well as design.

PCTA Trail Skills Course
PCTA Trail Skills Course

Because wildfires, wind storms, floods, gravity, and vegetation growth are constant threats to the PCT, the annual maintenance and reconstruction of the trail is a never-ending and monumental undertaking. Such work, historically carried out by…

Advancing Trails Webinar Series
Advancing Trails Webinar Series

American Trails brings agencies, trail builders, planners, architects, advocates, and volunteers the latest in state-of-the-art information on all aspects of trails and greenways. Our webinars focus on a variety of trail topics, usually applicable…

Training Calendar

Upcoming Trainings for Design

MTB Optimized Machine Built Trails - Hybrid Machine 3-Day Intensive
McDowell Tech Community College
McDowell Tech Community College
MTB Optimized Machine Built Trails - Hybrid Machine 3-Day Intensive

July 17 - 19, 2024

Old Fort, North Carolina

Hand Built Trails - Intermediate 3 day Intensive
McDowell Tech Community College
McDowell Tech Community College
Hand Built Trails - Intermediate 3 day Intensive

July 24 - 26, 2024

Old Fort, North Carolina

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