Flair in the Forest: How Trail Builders Share Resources in the Pacific Northwest

What goes into building mountain bike trails in the Pacific Northwest? More than you’d expect, as shown in this new film by Pearl Izumi.

Most of us are familiar with nature shows and documentaries. The slow and poignant drawl of the narrator keeps us clued to the vast biodiversities within our planet. But how often do we think about mountain biking environments in that way? 

In this Mark Matthews MTB Earth film, in collaboration with Pearl Izumi, “Biodiversity of Trail Builders” takes us on a journey through lush forests and the wild creatures that inhabitant them.

Various trail builders scatter these lands, adding their flair to the forest. However, there is one major challenge — paradise is crowded. So, trail builders must learn to work together and share the limited resources.

“The stoke of the pack pushes one another to new heights,” the narrator croons. Fire up the player to be transported to the temperate rainforests of the Pacific Northwest that boast some of the best mountain biking trails in existence.

Video: Scott Bell Visuals
Photos: Jarrett Lindal Media
Starring: Mark Matthews

Runtime: 4:35

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Heather Hendricks is a writer at GearJunkie.

She’s been writing about snowboarding, women’s gear, travel, and mountain towns for more than 15 years. Prior to that, Heather worked at TransWorld SNOWboarding Magazine as a Contributing Editor and Special Projects Manager. She also worked as a Gear and Travel Editor at Teton Gravity Research. And she worked as an Online Editor of Snowboard Mag.

Based in Colorado, Heather likes to live by the seat of her pants, and is always up for a road trip or spontaneous adventure. She’s currently learning to fly fish, how-to-be a new dog mom, and is van-living and loving it.

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