Trail Solutions is IMBA’s premier trailbuilding resource. This 272-page book combines cutting-edge trailbuilding techniques with proven fundamentals in a colourful, easy-to-read format. Trail Solutions is complimented by Managing Mountain Biking – IMBA’s Guide to Providing Great Riding, a new 256-page book that focuses on solutions to mountain biking management issues. Together, the two books provide a complete resource for better trail recreation.
Packed with more than 130 photos and 50 original illustrations, Trail Solutions is an essential tool for land managers and volunteer trailbuilders aspiring to raise their shared-use trail systems to the next level.
- 272 pages in full colour
- How to build partnerships
- Philosophy of successful trails
- Principles of sustainable trails
- The trail design process
- Tools for trailwork
- Trail construction
- Trail maintenance
- Building challenging trails
Published in 2004, the book has emerged as the leading source of sustainable trail building information. Nearly 10,000 copies have been distributed to over 40 countries, and the guidelines have been adopted as official policy by hundreds of land agencies and recreation providers around the globe.
The book is divided into eight sections that follow the trailbuilding process from beginning to end. Readers will be guided through the essential steps of trail planning, design, tool selection, construction and maintenance. Trail Solutions also describes how to secure funding, and support volunteers to get the job done. It covers new ground by providing detailed advice on bermed turns, rock armoring, mechanised tools, free-riding, downhilling and other pioneering techniques.