Trail Building and Maintenance

DMBA and Sustainable Trail Building Techniques

With the growing popularity of mountain biking, trail running and hiking, as recreational activities, our trails are seeing more usage than ever before.   This usage can loosen soil which becomes washed away during hard rainfalls.  Because of this, land managers such as Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority and Toronto Region Conservation Authority are looking for solutions to the erosion damage which has been occurring on some trails.  

The DMBA has adopted the Sustainable Trail Building Techniques that are being promoted by IMBA (International Mountain Biking Association).  These are trail design techniques that allow the designer to engineer a new trail such that erosion will be minimized and maintenance will be minor to keep the trail in good shape and protect the landscape.  In order for a trail to be sustainable (erosion resistant and low maintenance), there are 5 rules of design that must be followed.  DMBA designed trails take these rules into account when designing and rerouting trails.  Because of our ability to design and build these types of trails, land managers such as LSRCA (Durham Forest) have been very cooperative in allowing and assisting us to put new single track on the ground.  The days of running trails straight up and down hills are gone.  Public land managers will no longer allow erosion prone trails such as these to be built.

For further details about Sustainable Trail Building techniques watch the accompanying videos produced by IMBA.

IMBA Trail Building Video Series


Here’s a video of a recent DMBA trail build in Durham Regional Forest:


Put in some sweat equity. Come out and help repair and build the trails that you ride. Careful though, trail building is addictive, you might get hooked.

Trail building is strenuous work. But don’t let that scare you away, there is always lots of work to be done; even if you can’t handle the heavy work we’ll find something helpful for you to do. Please wear appropriate clothing for the weather conditions. Work boots, work gloves, and rugged clothing are highly recommended.

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