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Experts who provide training in trail design and construction

Also see Experts who Provide Training for Backcountry Trail Work
Also see Featured Training Providers who are agencies and organizations

Many of the following experienced trail contractors from the Professional Trailbuilders Association offer custom trainings and workshops to fit your needs. All are knowledgeable in:

  • sustainable, cost-effective trail design, construction, and maintenance techniques
  • trail planning methods
  • working with and training agency staff and/or volunteers
  • training staff and volunteers to be trail crew leaders and crew workers
  • different trail types and users (hiking, equestrian, mountain bike, natural surface, hard surface, crushed stone, ATV, OHM, ORV, etc.) (experience with specific trail types varies by contractor).

In addition, based on their past experience, each trainer has particular strengths. These are listed only briefly and are not inclusive; please contact individual contractors for details. Each has more areas of expertise than can be listed here. Feel free to make inquiries with any of these trainers. Any and all negotiations are private between you and individual contractors. Company name links lead to individual trainer presentations within the PTBA site. You can also find additional trail contractors by geographic location, special expertise, or on a list of all trail contractor members.

Judd DeVall
Alpine Bike Parks LLC
1050 Millar Creek Road #8
Whistler, BC V0N 1B1 CANADA
Office: 604-962-1951
Fax: 604-962-8951
Cell: 720-204-0550
Alpine Bike Parks specializes in all aspects of mountain-bike-park development. In addition to trail design and construction, our consulting services include pro forma budgeting, masterplanning, site analysis, staff training and bicycle industry partnerships.
Troy Duffin
Alpine Trails, LLC
PO Box 2782
Park City, UT 84060
(W) 435-655-0779
(cell) 435-655-5776
Fax 435-655-0779
Land use planning and property management in urban/semi-urban areas, working with landowners, site plans and master planning, government approvals, all aspects of soft-surface multiple-use trails. Instrumental in developing a multi-jurisdictional, multiple-use trail system in the resort town of Park City, Utah.
Chris Bernhardt & Mia Burke
ALTA Planning and Design

1638 NE Davis Street
Portland, OR 97232
W: 503-230-9862
Fax: 503-230-9864

Additional Offices in Berkley, CA, Los Angeles, CA, San Diego, CA, Bozeman, MT, Sarasota Springs, NY, Arlington, VA

Alta Planning + Design specializes in developing progressive recreation and transportation solutions by providing planning, design, and implementation expertise to encourage the development and use of bicycle and pedestrian trail corridors and systems. Our mission is to provide green infrastructure and program solutions that help people have active daily lives.
Tony Boone & Cuatro Hundley
Anasazi Trails, Inc.
9 South Arroyo Road Madrid, NM, 87010
W/H: (505) 660-3151
Cell: (720) 244-7804
Tony and Danna Boone
Arrowhead Trails, Inc.
11121 County Road 240
Salida, CO 81201
(W/H) 719-539-2817
Specializing in multi-use trail planning, design and construction, especially for trails developed for mountain biking. Crew training is available for one-day workshops or week-long intensive professional trainings.
Peter Axelson
Beneficial Designs, Inc.
PO Box 69
Minden, NV 89423
W: (775)783-8822x121
Fax: (775)783-8823
Cell: (775)790-1210

We work to establish outdoor recreation standards for trail design from a technical point of view addressing grade, cross slope, surface firmness and stability, tread width and trail treat features and their impact on hikers of all abilities.

Dawn Packard
Blue Sky Trails, LLC

P.O. Box 289
Hot Sulphur Springs, CO 80451
1001 North 11th Street
Bismarck, ND 58501
Cell: 970-531-2001
H: 970-725-0169
Fax: 970-887-2058

Focusing primarily on natural surface, backcountry and wilderness trails for non-motorized use; extensive experience at high elevations and remote locations

Walter Opuszynski
True to the Land Trails, LLC
Montpelier, VT 05601
(802) 498-4506
Over a decade of experience in trail design, layout, and construction, and a background in education. I have combined the two areas to create specific trainings for groups.

Troy Scott Parker
8285 Kincross Drive
Boulder, CO 80301
(W/H) 303-530-1785
Fax 303-530-4757
Custom workshops and publications on naturalistic and sustainable trail design, efficient construction, and effective maintenance. Extensive photo library.

Gerry Wilbour

Northwest Trails, Inc.
705 Chuckanut Drive North (ZIP 98226)
PO Box 4323
Bellingham, WA 98227
(W/H) 360-671-1982
Mobile 360-739-1123
Fax 360-647-1968
Planning, design, and maintenance instruction for USFS and other government and private clients; excellent resource for extensive/heavy/technical trail construction, bridge issues, master planning and project planning, and design/build techniques.
John Kowaleski
TrailTech LLC
5 Morrow Lane
Amherst, MA. 01002
Seventeen years of work experience as a park and natural resources professional. Trail services include trail design, planning, and construction management, grant writing, volunteer and professional training workshops.

Peter S. Jensen
Peter S. Jensen & Associates, LLC, and Openspace Management

P.O. Box 316
Great Barrington, MA 01230

A group of individuals with a wide range of trail design and construction experience who are committed to natural resource protection, perpetuating and resurrecting old stone and woodcraft skills. Designing and building pedestrian trails which provide safe visitor access while safeguarding the natural, cultural, and historic landscapes with innovative design and low-impact construction techniques.
Bud Sanchez
A. Sanchez Forestry & Trails
1030 Ludington Avenue
Raymond, WA 98577
W/H: 360-942-3885
Cell: 360-942-8191
Fax: 360-875-6060

Professional trailbuilders specializing in all types of trail structures, actively pursuing trail construction with innovative features from suburban to backcountry.

Jim Slagle
Recreation Trails
39435 Barker Court
Sandy, OR 97055
(W/H) 503-668-7568
Retired USFS trail planner in Pacific Northwest, now in private practice. Over 38 years of experience in trail planning, location, survey, design, trail contract preparation, contract administration, construction and maintenance. Extensive experience with hiking, equestrian, and barrier-free trails. Conducts multi-day workshops for agencies and volunteers.
Susan Stormer, PhD. and Ryan Spates
S&S Trail Services LLC
512 Eberhart Lane, #1303
Austin, TX 78745
W: (713) 448-0161
Over 25 years experience specializing in multi-use singletrack trails for mountain biking, hiking, and horseback riding. Services include trail design, construction, education, crew supervision, and consultation. Also experienced in design and installation of improved surface nature trails.

Russ Pfeiffer-Hoyt
South Fork Construction
6190 Saxon Road
Acme, WA 98220
(W/H) 360-595-2512
Planning and design instruction for USFS.

Charles R. McKenzie

Trailbuilders of the Ozarks
Dept. of Technology
Southwest Missouri State University (SMSU)
Springfield, MO 65804
Former professor at Southwest Missouri State University teaches trail and bridge design, construction, and maintenance, has experience with motorized trails and related issues.
Krista Thie and Daryl Hoyt
Twin Oaks Construction
1549 West Jewett Blvd.
White Salmon, WA 98672
(W) 509-493-2626
Field instruction in rigging, blasting, equipment operation, trail design, bridge issues. Expert in all types of bridge work including suspension and log stringer bridges, and repair of suspension bridges. Trail contractor since 1978.
Donald R. Hays, Jr.

Donald Hays Trail Contractor, Inc

P. O. Box 7672
Tahoe City, CA 96145

(530) 583-9128 voice
(530) 583-1372 fax

I have over 30 years of trail building experience at the federal, state county, city and private levels. We provide high end trail condition surveys and reports, from single track to OHV, to assist in trail budgeting, land use planning and property management in urban/semi-urban and backcountry areas.

For more information on Professional Trailbuilders Association members and activities, see the Professional Trailbuilders Association website. PTBA is a partner in the National Trails Training Partnership, a private-sector partnership agreement to promote trails training and exchange of trails resource information.

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