Kevin Landry and Jeremy Norris attempt to leave their mark on the Squamish, BC mountain biking scene.

Trail building. Photo by Fitz Cahall and Bryan Smith

Unless you’re a dog, leaving your mark on anything can be tough. For mountain biking, in particular, it can be a challenge. Building trails legally is not just hard physical labor, but meeting all of the needs of the land managers can seem like a Herculean effort.

Just getting the land managers to talk to you may be next to impossible.

Building the perfect trail is merely a dream to most mountain bikers. The wheels of the forestry establishment turn much slower than the knobby-tired wheels on our bikes. Some riders take matters into their own hands, building illegal trails. As much fun as some of those trails are to ride, they are often built unsustainably and turn into eroded mud-pits after the first real rain.

The message to all of you renegade trail builders out there: I love your trails (now quit giving mountain bikers a bad name and move to Squamish where the dirt is your canvas.)

Video created by Fitz Cahall and Bryan Smith.