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IMBA Trail Solutions: Advanced Mechanized Trail Building School

  • New England Outdoor Center 30 Twin Pines Road Millinocket, ME, 04462 United States (map)

Registration for this course is currently CLOSED. Please contact for more information.

Katahdin Area Trails (KAT) with support from the Maine Community Foundation and help from OSI, is hosting an Advanced Mechanized Trail Building School with the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA). This will be the first training of its kind here in Maine. IMBA Trail Solutions (TS) staff will spend three days training prospective operators in modern high quality trail building for mountain bikers. The focus of this course will be on skills and techniques that make for a more efficient workflow, while creating modern mountain bike experiences. Topics to be covered include but are not limited to:

  • Typical bench cutting

  • Borrow pits and lift-and-tilt

  • Turn construction

  • Rock armoring with a machine.


This course is designed for machine operators that have substantial accumulated hours of time constructing bike-optimized trail using mini-excavators and similar equipment.

Price & Registration

Tuition is $500 and includes lodging on site.

Registration for this course is currently CLOSED. Please contact for more information.

About this Collaboration

This course is being offered through Katahdin Area Trails with support the Maine Community Foundation, and assistance from OSI. The course will be run by IMBA Trail Solutions.

Katahdin Area Trails is a 501c3 non-profit dedicated to building sustainable, purpose-built recreation trails in Maine's Katahdin Region. Learn more at

IMBA Trail Solutions (TS) is the international leader in developing singletrack trails, with experience in over 500 projects in the North America, Europe, and Asia. Their staff excels at planning, design, and construction of trail systems that provide high-quality experiences for local riders and destination visitors while simultaneously minimizing environmental impacts. Trail Solutions is a fee-for-service based arm of the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA), a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. IMBA’s mission is to create, enhance, and preserve great mountain biking experiences. Trail Solutions employs approximately twenty professional trail planners and builders. In addition to being industry professionals and exceptional mountain bike riders, Trail Solutions staff hold a broad base of applicable skills and knowledge from planning, landscape architecture, environmental sciences to GIS systems, AutoCAD, and graphic design. Their wealth of experience has allowed them to develop the gold standard guidelines for creation of both sustainable and enjoyable singletrack trails. These guidelines have influenced all major federal land management agencies and a large number of state and local parks departments. Trail Solutions pride themselves on the positive experiences they have provided to the millions of active trail users around the world, and in the economic independence that communities have achieved through the development of destination trail systems.

The Outdoor Sport Institute

The mission of OSI is to strengthen communities through outdoor sport, and explore outdoor sport through community. We are a 501c3 non-profit organization.

We seek to:

  • Build a community’s capacity to envision and create an active, outdoor culture

  • Build capacity of teens and adults to serve as outdoor sport mentors & leaders where they live

  • Foster intergenerational relationships within the community through outdoor sport

  • Use outdoor sport to teach skills that foster self-determination capacities including but not limited to self-efficacy, self-confidence, resilience, discipline, risk management, judgment, and decision making.