I’m a trail builder and would like to work with UROC on building a trail

We encourage trail builders to work with us while making the network a sustainable, functional, fun and an overall elevated experience in the forest. You can be part of the trail building process from the trail application right through to the final opening of the trail. We will help you gain the experience to be part of a trail build or help facilitate the project through every step. Contact UROC on: weride@unitedridersofcumberland.com

I want to build a trail, but I’ve never done it before.

If you haven’t built a trail before, but you want to be involved UROC always has many projects on the go. By volunteering and spending time with us you will find out what is involved in taking on a build and the scale of commitment it will entail. UROC helps facilitate trail planning, laying out, GPS’ing your line, applying for approval from the landowners. We’ll get you going with the right tools, any materials and additional workforce to meet all the challenges ahead of you.

Can I go in and start working on any trails anytime?

You should always check in with UROC before you consider working on any trail. We ask you not to move dirt, build features or blaze in new sections of trail without checking in with UROC. This is called significant trail works and we ask you not to carry out significant trail works. The best thing you can do is contact UROC on: weride@unitedridersofcumberland.com

What is significant trail works?

  • Any building or construction of new trail without permission from the landowners.
  • For existing trail, re-routes, tree root or embedded rock removal, building features or structures, major drainage work, or any other trail alteration.
  • If you are using a chainsaw or axe, you are probably doing “significant trail work”.
  • If you are moving a lot of dirt, you are probably doing “significant trail work”.
  • Clearing deadfall on a non-existing trail is “significant trail work”
  • Clearing deadfall or other debris/obstacles, brushing or addressing minor drainage issues on existing trails is not “significant trail work”.

Why do we need to ask first to build a trail?

  • The trail network exists on privately owned land.
  • Unauthorized trail work on that private land could jeopardize the access agreement UROC has attained with the landowners.
  • In addition to trail building and maintenance, this access agreement allows us to have vehicle access for trail work, have a paid trail crew, apply for government funding, and host events.
  • Our collective stewardship of the trails is crucial to maintaining the reputation of the mountain bike and trail user community.
  • Failure to follow the builder guidelines potentially jeopardizes access to the trail network for everyone.
  • In cases of unauthorized trail building, the builder could be held liable. UROC insurance may not apply. It is possible the builder/s would be asked to pay for the restoration of the line. 
  • UROC takes unauthorized trail work seriously. UROC is obliged to decommission any unauthorized trail building and report circumstances to the landowners. The landowners may consider issuing fines or take legal action against the offenders.
  • The trail network is becoming denser and there is a need to be strategic about new trail construction.

Are there good and bad places to build a trail?

Throughout the years the Cumberland network has started to see some areas that identify with different user groups and riding interests, this is largely due to the terrain characteristics and the type of trails built. We have learned over time where the bad places and the good places to build are, where the wet patches are, where watershed exists, different landowner boundaries, or the landowners are next harvesting timber. We also know what character of trails would enhance or add to the trail network. We can save you a lot of time and effort. Contact us on: weride@unitedridersofcumberland.com

Builder guidelines and maintenance

  • The United Riders of Cumberland works with the planning and construction guidelines and trail application process published in 2020.
  • Any new builds or significant trail work guidelines as published in 2020.
  • The United Riders of Cumberland works from and maintains trails to the Whistler trail standards.

See link to download the guidelines below.


Builder Guidelines Documents

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Meet Sean. Sean moved to the valley with his family 6 years ago and has lived in Cumberland for the past 3. Although Sean used to bike the trails he's now switched to running, saying he prefers the feel of his feet on the ground. Sean runs the trails 4 to 5 times a week and hopes he can complete some ultra marathons this year. Sean agreed to take some time to tell us why he runs the Cumberland Trails and why he will always be a UROC member.
"In a nutshell, the Cumberland Trail Network is my escape. Trail
running keeps me balanced. The network in Cumberland has an
incredible variety of technical, vertical and flowy trails to keep your runs interesting. I really enjoy the climbs, technical and descents. You can create a loop out of all the trails here for whatever experience you want. For example, The Perseverance Race loop has a really nice
climb and descent over 11km while the Cumby 25km Race route has a good mix of flowy and technical. Don’t forget there’s the Eastern Bloc and of course the Italian dinner! You just can’t go wrong in Cumberland! It’s hard not to think of the trails whenever someone mentions Cumberland. I’ve encountered people from all over BC and beyond while using the trails here. Cumberland is synonymous with an outdoor
healthy lifestyle and our local businesses certainly benefit well from the draw to the trails here. The trail-builders do an absolutely phenomenal job keeping the trails in top shape for everyone to use. However, as more people use the trails, I think it’s important for people to practice good trail etiquette and to respect it. If you are new to the trails I suggest you pickup a map
from a local bike shop, speak with a local or download trail forks and
go explore! Please keep in mind that the trails are multi-use so keep your head up, eyes and ears open. If you’re alone, make a little noise so the wildlife know you’re there. Besides a decent pair of trail runners and appropriate layers for the weather, I always wear a pack for water, some first aid supplies, energy bar, knife and/or bear spray, and phone. Whether running alone or in a group, safety is paramount."
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Meet Dawn. Dawn is a regular user of the Cumberland trail network, but instead of on a bike she uses her two feet. Dawn is one of the many trail users who regularly visit our trails to hike, trail run, bird watch, or just explore and enjoy nature. It's great to hear from such a passionate user of the trails.

"I've lived in Cumberland almost 30 years and my first introduction to the forest was hiking with my children. It's my happy place, my way of keeping sane. I walk every day, on average 8km’s a day. Last year during the first part of COVID, when I was extra stressed, I was hiking closer to 12-14km’s a day, which makes my mileage for 2020 between
2500-3000km’s. I go through a lot of footwear. I became a member of UROC and act as a trail steward or trail warden. I'm out there every day and enjoy helping out by reporting any trail issues or problems.
The trails get people outside and that’s really important these days! When you are out in the forest time stops. Hearing woodpeckers or other creatures we share the forest with is very special and being aware that we are all part of something bigger, is humbling and exhilarating at the same time.

I hike solo with my dog most days but on Sundays, for about eight years now I've been hiking with a group of women - The Sunday morning Philosopher's Club - we talk about everything but by the end of the hike it is always about food. Good food and recreation are meant to go together!

Favourite trail? I love Hai Gai. It is magical and very Jurassic Park in there and now it is protected as part of the Cumberland Community Forest Society purchase completed last September. I am also a longtime supporter of the Cumberland Community Forest Society and am featured as the crazy lady in the documentary "Save Space Nugget" I also love Steam Donkey, as it has the steam donkey from the old logging days. I've done some grooming and signage in the Eastern Bloc and have a lot of respect for the trail builders. Hai Gai was the name of the main street in Chinatown, Bronco's is named for Bronco Moncrief, longtime Cumberland mayor.
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