New date: Due to Covid-19 concerns, TBS has been rescheduled for September 17-19, 2020

TBS is full! You may still complete the form below to be put on our waiting list.

From May 28th (6-8 pm) through May 30th the Pend Oreille Pedalers and the City of Sandpoint are hosting the first IMBA Trail Building School in North Idaho. Shane Wilson, of IMBA’s Trail Solutions team will join POP to educate and train builders on sustainable trail design and construction.

According to IMBA, “Trail Building Schools are 2-4 days of intense instruction involving 1/2 a day of classroom time and the balance of time on an actual trail building project performing hands-on training.”

Possible route of new Lower Basin trail – the instruction site for IMBA Trail Building School

The “actual trail building project” we will be working on is a new trail between switchbacks 6 and 4 on Schweitzer Mountain Road, in Sandpoint’s Lower Basin Trail network. The City of Sandpoint, which owns and manages the land on which our new trail will be built, is partnering with POP to sponsor this event and support the construction of the new trail.

Below is a schedule for the three days of TBS:

Evening of Day 1 (May 28, 6-8 pm): “Concepts of Sustainable Trail Design, Maintenance, and Construction”

  • This indoor/classroom course outlines the fundamental concepts behind successful shared-use trail systems, sustainable trail design construction, maintenance, and water management.
  • Up to 40 students may attend.

Morning of Day 2 (May 29): “Trail Planning and Design Exercises”

  • Tools and equipment for the planning and design of sustainable trails.
  • Field techniques for designing sustainable trails
  • Up to 20 students may attend

Afternoon of Day 2 and all of Day 3 (May 29 & 30): “Construction & Maintenance Strategies for Sustainable Trails”

  • Tool and field safety
  • Assessing existing trails for maintenance and upgrades
  • Hands-on trail maintenance and construction techniques
  • Up to 20 students may attend

If you are a interested in attending TBS please complete the form below. Approximately 10 full scholarships will be provided to POP members who are willing to commit to becoming trail crew leaders throughout summer 2020. An additional 6-8 spots are reserved for builders from other regional trail building organizations that wish to employ IMBA trail building practices in their own trail projects.