Teen Trail Corps – Idaho
Though racing is the most visible aspect of the Idaho League a new, growing and equally important program in the IICL is Teen Trail Corps.
Teen Trail Corps (TTC) is a National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA) program, supported by REI and the Walton Family Foundation, providing NICA student-athletes the opportunity to serve and give their time towards bike related advocacy activities. It is designed to provide exposure and be a gateway for NICA student-athletes into the world of advocacy, through trails. Student-athlete activities are categorized into five badges that may be earned. The first four are Speak, Serve, Ride and Respect. Once a student-athlete has earned all four, they receive the fifth badge, “Teen Trail Corps Captain.” More details on the TTC Program can be found HERE. We believe TTC will be one of the most important legacies of interscholastic mountain biking.
Following are some of the trail advocacy organizations throughout Idaho. Please get in touch to find out more about advocacy and trail work options in your local area:
North Central Idaho
Central Idaho Mountain Bike Association (CIMBA)
Protect, enhance, and create quality trail experiences for the mountain bike community in central Idaho. We actively work to do the following:
– Promote the sport of mountain biking and responsible riding.
– Advocate for trail access.
– Build and maintain sustainable trails.
More information at: https://www.cimbarides.org/
Valley County Pathways
VC Pathways has a county-approved pathways master plan that envisions more than 100 miles of pedestrian pathways between McCall and Cascade, including the prospect of revitalizing an old railroad right of way that runs the length of Long Valley, and building trails around Payette Lake and Lake Cascade.
More information at: http://www.valleycountypathways.org/
Ridge To Rivers
Ridge to Rivers employs one of the few full-time trail crews in the country. Collectively our staff has over 70 years of trail experience, with skills ranging from trail design to various trail construction methods and maintenance techniques. Most of our staff have trail backgrounds that began with the U.S. Forest Service or with private trail contractors. We are considered experts in our field, with experience designing and building trails in settings that range from wilderness to highly trafficked urban areas, and in a variety of locations that include the Rocky Mountain West, New England, the Southwest and even Patagonia.
We are dedicated to our craft, and extremely committed to our goal of providing quality trail opportunities for the citizens of Boise and the greater Treasure Valley. Ridge to Rivers staff not only manage the trails, we are avid users of them, logging countless miles annually on our bikes and in our running shoes. This is invaluable in terms of our understanding the complexities of heavy use, weather extremes and erosive soils that make up the Boise Foothills environment.
More information at: https://www.ridgetorivers.org/
Southwest Idaho Mountain Bike Association (SWIMBA)
The Southwest Idaho Mountain Biking Association (SWIMBA) is a rider focused advocacy organization dedicated to building and preserving a world-class, multi-use trail network in Southwest Idaho. We are dedicated to creating a cohesive, inclusive, and diverse mountain bike community in the Treasure Valley and beyond.
More information at: https://www.swimba.org/
South Central Idaho
Mountain Bike The Tetons
Our Mission is to enhance recreational & economic opportunities for the Teton region through development of our mountain biking resources.
More information at: https://mountainbiketetons.org/
Teton Valley Trails and Pathways
Teton Valley Trails and Pathways promotes a trails and pathways connected community. The organization brings together citizens, businesses, and local governments to expand the Valley’s opportunities for outdoor recreation and nature appreciation, while linking communities, providing access to National Forest trails, and promoting healthy mountain lifestyles.
More information at: https://tvtap.org/
Teton Freedom Riders
The Teton Freedom Riders fill the labor void with thousands of hours of trail building annually via individual efforts. Our annual events including the Teton “Pass Bash” which provides the best opportunity for riders to come hang-out, go for a ride, and learn more about what is happening for the current season.
More information at: https://tetonfreedomriders.org/
Friends of Pathways Jackson Hole
Friends of Pathways supports a vibrant community by promoting sustainable transportation and healthy recreation in Jackson Hole.
More information at: https://friendsofpathways.org/
Want more information about Teen Trail Corps in your neck of the woods? Reach out to the IICL Teen Trail Corps Coordinator, Matt Galyardt (firstname.lastname@example.org)
“I’m excited to join the IICL team and look forward to working with the teams across Idaho coordinating trail work efforts. Encouraging our student athletes to get dirty and give back to their communities while providing needed work to our trail systems will have far reaching benefits. “