It doesn’t take much. The special thing about trail building is how community-driven it is. All it takes is a group of willing volunteers and a little bit of elbow grease to get new trails built and keep old ones maintained. We aren’t asking you to spend every weekend out on the trail with tools in hand. If you’ve never done trail work, sign up for one Saturday dig with your local trail stewards this winter. You’ll be surprised how much work can get done in one day, and how much fun it is. If you’re a veteran builder, bring a new mountain biker to your next build day. Welcome them to the community and teach them about how making trails is almost as fun as riding them. Organizing group rides isn't the only way to build community or hang out with friends in nature. Trail building is another opportunity to get friends together, share laughs, and make a difference you'll get to enjoy on the bike later as well. Sure, you could donate money instead, but your local trail advocacy group needs your volunteer hours just as much.
Our Trail Builder in Chief (and GM), Kris Bedsaul, leads by example and puts in countless hours of work throughout the year building trails and organizing a youth development MTB team. He actively encourages employees at Chris King to contribute as well, by hosting build days each year at our local Rocky Point Trails, where employees are able to skip work and do some digging. As a company, we also offer two extra paid days per year to each employee, if they spend those days volunteering - whether that means building trails or working with another non-profit organization making a difference.