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Prescott NF and Partners Learn Trail Building Skills Together

29 April 2016   Debbie Maneely
Mountain Bikers Join in Trail Building

Prescott, AZ (April 29, 2016) – The weekend of April 16 and 17, 24 mountain bike trail builders from across the state gathered in Prescott to learn new trail building skills from the International Mountain Bicycling Association’s (IMBA) Trail Solutions team. The idea came about last year when local IMBA director asked the Forest Service if the newly authorized Firewater Trail could be built with more rock on a steep rocky slope to provide a unique trail experience in the area for mountain bikers and other trail users. This partnership between the Prescott National Forest, IMBA, local Prescott Mountain Bike Alliance, and the Mountain Bike Association of Arizona came together to jointly fund the training project. This training was carried out on the Firewater Trail near Thumb Butte in the Prescott National Forest. The authorization of this new trail is a direct result of the ongoing public collaboration with the Greater Prescott Trails Plan.

During the 2 day training volunteer trail builders, Forest Service staff from the Prescott and Tonto NFs, as well as City of Prescott staff learned how to build and design sustainable trail with rocks, using rock bars, grip hoists (come along like device), and sledge hammers. They built rock walls, rock platted sections of tread and armored sections with rock pitching.

Link to IMBA Press Release and Photos

If you are interested in volunteering on the Prescott National Forest, please contact Adriane Ragan, Volunteer-Partnership Coordinator at (928) 443-8216 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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