There's more to building a trail than moving rocks and dirt. Trails are usually part of larger systems that are the result of careful planning and collaboration proces. These trail systems must serve the needs of multiple user groups and take environmental and geographical factors into account.
While land managers and other administrators are ultimately responsible for land planning processes, committed trail users and community groups have important roles to play as well. Planning, after all, is ultimately about the big picture, and that picture includes not only the forest and the trees, but also the entire trails community.
IMBA developed two books based on more than 25 years of trail building and trail planning experience. 1. Trail Solutions: IMBA's Guide to Building Sweet Singletrack and 2. Managing Mountain Biking: IMBA's Guide to Providing Sweet Riding. Both very comprehensive reference books on trail building and management practices for mountain biking.
This online resource will proivde some European based best practices and models.