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The Dirt on Trail Work

This page contains MANY resources on sustainable trail design and concepts.  

It contains courses, links, and training on how to become a trail crew leader

New reference guide for adding GRADE REVERSALS on trails

How to Become

A Trail Crew Leader

Being a CCCMB crew leader involves a willingness to learn the fundamentals 
of trail maintenance and design. Once you are comfortable with these principles, 
you can then help by directing a crew of volunteers during trail workdays. It is 
our hope that crew leaders will be able to lead a crew on two or more trail 
workdays per season. 

The largest time commitment will be the upfront time 
needed to learn the fundamentals of moving dirt and guiding volunteers. Our 
crew leader training program consists of 


1) volunteers participating in a 
minimum of three training opportunities (see below) 

2) serving as an assistant crew 
leader for a minimum of three work days with different veteran crew leaders. 


Examples of training opportunities include one-on-one mentoring, pre-trail 
workday scouting rides, or a structured course.

See below for two Trail Crew trainings

New Links for Trail Crew Training Class #1 & #2


Listed below are several new links to videos about trail building techniques. They are meant for training of Trail Crew Leaders.  Enjoy!



1. MBoSC Flow Trail Crew Leader Training Class 1: Design  (See also #2 below)


2. Class 2 Layout Exercise


3. PowerPoint Slides for Presentation



1. MBoSC Flow Trial Crew Leader Training Class 2: Construction


2. PowerPoint Slides for Presentation

Core Trail Work Skills and Concepts


Trail work skills are best learned by working side-by-side with a person very experienced in trail maintenance.  CCCMB has many such folks who are willing to share their time and knowledge.  If you are interested in learning how to do effective and essential trail maintenance, please contact any of the crew leaders on the Regional Trail Crew CONTACT PAGE.

Advanced Trail Work Skills and Concepts

Pacific Crest Trail Association Trails Skills 

College Course Curriculum

This curriculum, AVAILABLE HERE, was written for volunteer and agency insructors to train new PCT trail volunteers. As such, it aims to provide a shared perspective, vocabulary, and approach to working on the PCT. 


IMBA-USFS-Building Mountain Bike Trails YouTube Videos to supplement Trail Solutions: IMBA's Guild to Building Sweet Singletrack

California State Parks Trail Manager's Toolbox


This Toolbox includes resources that trail and open space managers can use to develop and improve their local trail program to better serve their users and the community at large.

Further Food for Thought...


Good video about success with multi-use trails in Durango Colorado - HERE


Good Position Paper by Mountain Bikers of Santa Cruz County about trail use - HERE

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