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I found a couple of videos that I think are a great resource for people who are just getting into trail building. They are produced by the USDA. The videos not only contain information on how to build and maintain trails but they also explain why the methods are a good idea. This is general trail information and is good for bike trails as well as hiking, horse, and even moto trails.

The first one is Basic Trail Maintenance. The titles are mixed up on the site and this one is called "Constructing Trail Switchbacks"

http://www.archive.org/details/gov.usda.fs.mtdc.0823-2d01-mtdc.2.1

The next one is Constructing Trail Switchbacks. (Titled: Basic Trail Maintenance). One thing I noticed in this video is the corner radius they suggest (6 feet) is a little tight for the bikes and riding styles today. 8 feet would be better. But all in all, it's good information.

http://www.archive.org/details/gov.usda.fs.mtdc.0823-2d01-mtdc.2.2

There are a few more videos on that site that I think will be useful but I'm not going to post them until I have a chance to review them. There is one that goes through the entire process for building a mountain bike trail from getting permission from the land owner, to planning, to building. I've seen that one before in little pieces on Youtube. It's pretty good. It didn't stream from the site for me.

Here's a link if you want to download it and have a look.
http://www.archive.org/details/gov.usda.fs.mtdc.0623-2d01-mtdc

The two other videos I found and still need to review are
Surface Water Control Techniques for Trail Maintenance
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Trails in Wet Areas: Turnpike and Puncheon Construction

Both are very useful things for new trail builders to know.

Meanwhile, if anyone else has, or knows of educational videos like these, please post them. For this thread, I'm thinking more along the lines of "how to" rather than "this is us on trail day" videos. Especially official approved "how to" like the ones from USDA

Mods, I think this thread is a good candidate to be sticky.
 

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Great info, the turnpike and puncheon construction was informative. We're working on a reclaimed coal mine with some boggy sections, and the USFS vid will be helpful.
 

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One of our guys is in the process of making a how-to for berms and jumps. I'll post those up once he gets done. In the meantime, I'll have a look-see at those USFS vids and throw them onto our website.

Thanks TN! :D
 

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One of our guys is in the process of making a how-to for berms and jumps. I'll post those up once he gets done.
Good idea. I don't think USFS is going to make those videos any time soon.:D

It turns out that "Surface Water Control Techniques for Trail Maintenance" and "Trails in Wet Areas: Turnpike and Puncheon Construction" have their titles mixed up too.

They were right on with methods for turnpike construction and they gave several options. I'm liking those videos. I'm hoping to find more.
http://www.archive.org/details/gov.usda.fs.mtdc.0823-2d01-mtdc.4.4

I found one that shows the right way to put a handle on a double bit axe. (Same as a Pulaski handle)
http://www.archive.org/details/gov.usda.fs.mtdc.0823-2d01-mtdc.1.1
 

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OK "Surface Water Control Techniques for Trail Maintenance" , (mis-titled Trails in Wet Areas: Turnpike and Puncheon Construction)
http://www.archive.org/details/gov.usda.fs.mtdc.0823-2d01-mtdc.2.3?start=1319.5

All the techniques are correct but I wouldn't recommend new builders to consider using water bars, rubber water bars or check dams. If you have to, you have to, but those methods shouldn't be necessary if you plan and layout your trail properly.

You might need one of those methods if you are repairing or maintaining an existing trail where you can't re-route sections that are too steep.
 

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Reviewed the "Hand Tools for Trail Work" videos. The only thing I saw that I disagree with was when replacing an axe handle, don't use those little metal cross wedges, just use a wooden wedge in the saw kerf in the end of the handle. Soak the end in Linseed oil and the wedge is not going anywhere.

They also mention brush hooks. They may look like a good idea but you won't like them.

These videos are mis-titled too.

Part 1
http://www.archive.org/details/gov.usda.fs.mtdc.0823-2d01-mtdc.1.3

Part 2
http://www.archive.org/details/gov.usda.fs.mtdc.0823-2d01-mtdc.1.4
 
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