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 for the riders and the multitude of different trail users 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 of the way. Contact UROC on: weride@unitedridersofcumberland.com

We don’t like to see dedicated and committed efforts go to waste by the relentless challenges and countless hours of hard work put in to be lost to unexpected hurdles or overwhelming challenges often encountered during the process of building a trail.  UROC is determined to help the experience of building a trail be a good one and capture the satisfaction of building something incredible, long standing and most of all fun. 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 get to that experience, then UROC always has projects you can get involved in. By volunteering your efforts and spending time with us on varied projects, 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 also get you going with tools, materials, additional workforce and what to do when you’re stuck, scratching your head and feeling overwhelmed with 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 or build new features or blaze in a new ride around…just because you thought you were helping. The main reason for this is the land we recreate on is all privately owned and we have to ask for permission before anybody moves any amount of dirt or starts changing trails without checking first…and remember there are thousands of community members who ride, run or walk the trails and you don’t want to have to answer to unrest when you do something you shouldn’t have. The best thing you can do is contact UROC to enquire on: weride@unitedridersofcumberland.com

What should we not do? What is considered significant trail works?

  1. Any building or construction of new trail without permission from the landowners.
  2. For existing trail, re-routes, tree root or embedded rock removal, building features or structures, major drainage work, or any other trail alteration.
  3. If you are using a chainsaw or axe, you are probably doing “significant trail work”.
  4. If you are moving a lot of dirt, you are probably doing “significant trail work”.
  5. Clearing deadfall on a non-existing trail is “significant trail work”
  6. 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 community and strengthening our advocacy efforts.
  • 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 trail built. We have learned over time where the bad places are and the good places, where the wet patches are, where watershed exist, different landowner boundaries, or the landowners are next harvesting or what other builders are up to or already being worked on. 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

(click to download)


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