Q: I've never done trailwork and it seems kind of intimidating.
A: This quote from Steve W. sums up our thoughts...
"I went to trail work the first week pretty hesitant and shy because I
didn't know anyone or how to do anything...that quickly changed. The
people I met were fun and the work was easy to learn (not saying it's
always easy work). I find myself almost wanting to do more trail work
than riding some weeks. When you ride by/over something you've been a
part of, you DO feel a sense of ownership and pride. Trail work isn't
for everyone, but being a noob myself, I will say that getting into it
is much easier than you tell yourself it's going to be. I've become an
"Hi, my name is Steve, and I am a trail-workaholic"
Q: I don't know how to build trails...
A: We will teach you! HPT provides IMBA trained trail builders to help you learn all about making sustainable trails!
Q: What if I don't have tools?
A: Not to worry, we have plenty of tools for you to use!
Q: What should I bring or wear?
A: Bring plenty of water, work clothes (gloves, long pants) and work boots or hiking boots, if you have them. For the ride home, you may want to bring something to change into since you may have some dirt on you.
Q: What if I'm not a HPT member?
A: Members and Non-Members are all invited!
Q: Trail building seems like a lot of work...
A: Building trails does demand some effort, but it's a great way to get a great cross training workout. Plus you'll be having a great time with other likeminded people, building great trails.
Q: What if I have to arrive late or leave early?
A: No problem! Arrive when you can, stay for as long as you like, leave when you need to. We're not slave drivers!
Note: If you do plan on arriving late and you are not sure where we will be on the trail, please check the HPT website for where we will be meeting. We will also have a board with a map on the HPT Trailer showing where we are working for the night.
Q: What if the weather looks bad?
A: We typically build in most weather conditions. The exceptions are usually heavy rain, extreme winds, or lightning. If the weather looks bad, we will usually post something on the website Trailwork: What's Next section 1-3 hours before the scheduled meeting time (be sure to check the comments).
Q: What about lunch?
A: On weekend trail building days, we will provide lunch! On our weekdays we usually have a few beverages and maybe some snacks afterwards, so hang out, talk and have some fun with your fellow volunteers.
Q: I'd love to help out, but I have other commitments on Trail Building nights. What else can I do?
A: There are many ways you can help out. Becoming a member of HPT is a great way to start. We also have plenty of other work that needs to be done, behind the scenes. Check the message board for "HPT HELP WANTED" for ways you can help. If you don't see something there, send us an email, or post on the "Message Board" about something else you would like to do to contribute, that we may not have thought of.
We will also have 2 or 3 Trail Work days on weekends during the trail building season. Be sure to watch the website for further information. If you would like us to send you an email, be sure to sign up and "Become a Member" of the HPT.COM Community.