Volunteering

The vast majority of our work is done by volunteers. Check out the calendar to keep an eye on upcoming trail work opportunities!

TRAIL DAY

MTB Missoula organizes volunteer work parties throughout out the year. To find a work party that fits your schedule, check the calendar. We also send out notifications to our mailing list and Facebook page.

We take pride in providing benefit to all types of trail users through our community service.

MAINTENANCE DAYS

  • Tread maintenance days involve digging (clearing water bars, removing brake bumps, fixing corners) and brushing.
  • Generally last about half a day (9a to 1 or 2p) and are located closer to town (Rattlesnake, Sentinel, Marshall).
  • There’s often lighter work available for those who want to be involved but prefer not to dig.

CLEARING DAYS

  • On clearing days, we generally set up an early morning shuttle and then ride a trail point-to-point, clearing all trees along the way. MTB Missoula clears the Sheep Mountain complex, the Carlton Ridge/Mill Creek trail, the Reservation Divide, and some trails in Thompson Falls and Seeley Lake. These are long but extremely rewarding days.
  • For 2017 and onward, we will be offering free certification through the USFS for our chainsaw operators. Certification is good for 3 years. Spring ’17 dates to follow.
  • We always need extra swampers on clearing days (they remove smaller trees with a hand saw and help the sawyer pull cut logs off the trail), so if you’re not a sawyer you can still be an integral part of the clearing days.

BUILD DAYS

  • Volunteers are a huge part of MTB Missoula’s construction projects.
  • In 2017 we’re building a downhill-only trail on the Five Valleys Land Trust property above Marshall.
  • We’ll have groups working on Sundays and Tuesday evenings through May and June.

WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING:

  • Bring work wear, water, and a snack.
  • Generally lunch, drinks and tools are provided. Sawyers provide their own chainsaws for clearing days. 
  • Some work areas are accessed by bike: if this is the case, it’ll be specified in the post. Otherwise, we’ll generally hike or drive to the areas with tools.  

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Please contact brian@mtbmissoula.org if you have particular experience and are interested in leading crews.