Frequently Asked Questions about MTB Project


What's the difference between Featured Rides and Trails?

A Trail is just a single trail as you would find on a traditional map. A Featured Ride is a complete, recommended route that might include parts or all of several trails and maybe even a portions of roads to connect them. More information and examples

Why don't you have my local trails?

Nobody in your area has shared them yet! All the data on MTB Project is created by riders like you. Sharing your photos, rides, and trails is a bit of work, but it's fun and rewarding — your name will be forever listed on the site next to the things you share, and you'll earn points on the site as well. Also, a generation of riders will benefit from and appreciate your work.

MTB Project started in the spring of 2013 and we're adding data as fast as we can.

How do I add a Featured Ride or Trail?

Our Mapping Guidelines have full details.

How do I easily make a Trail from one of my Featured Rides?

  1. Click the 'Share Your Trails' button on the home page.
  2. Click the 'Create a Ride or Trail' button.
  3. Choose to 'Create a Trail'.
  4. Select your Ride from the drop-down and create a trail from it.
  5. Shorten the GPS track so that it covers a single trail using the 'Crop Route' slider tool. (Refer to the list of 'Tips' at the top of the page for help on other line adjustments.)
  6. In the event that your Ride does not use the entirety of a trail, you might be able to 'draw' in the unused portion based on one of the map layers. If that's not an option, map what you can and let us know it's incomplete when you submit.
  7. Fill out all of the descriptive elements, save, and submit when ready. The writing for the Trail can often be copied and pasted from that part of this Ride (if you added enough details in the description).

This is too much reading. Can I just watch a video?

Sure! Our friends at IMBA created these great "getting started" videos:

Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4

Is this really all free?

Yes, everything is completely free. We have no plans to charge for access to detailed data, maps, GPX downloads, or the mobile apps.

How are you different from Strava, Garmin Connect and other mapping sites?

MTB Project is a guide. We want you to find Trails and Featured Rides that you'll love, so we provide detailed descriptions, photos, maps, and mobile apps to keep you on the trail. While we have checkins and other social features, MTB Project is less about competition and more about enjoying the sport and finding new places to love.

When you record data, you have the right to post it anywhere you want, so if you use another site like Strava or Garmin Connect, feel free to also share your trails on MTB Project.

How are trails rated?

Easy: 5% grade, 2" obstacles

Easy/Intermediate

Intermediate: 10% grade, 8" obstacles, short harder sections

Intermediate/Difficult

Difficult: 15% grade, 15" obstacles, occasional harder sections

Extremely Difficult: 20% grade, 15+" obstacles, many harder sections

How is MTB Project associated with IMBA?

We have a deep partnership with the International Mountain Bike Association (IMBA), and we share a vision: mountain bikers deserve a dedicated site that helps them discover and enjoy trails around the world.

IMBA staff and their thousands of dedicated members help create, review, and edit trails and photos on MTB Project. All trail data is shared with IMBA, who uses that data in their advocacy efforts to make biking more accessible for all of us.

Learn more about IMBA's partnership with Adventure Projects.