S & S Trail Services LLC strives to provide sustainable recreation trail experiences for Mountain Bikers, Hikers and Equestrians across the globe. Our company uses the most modern trail building techniques to ensure a long lasting, quality experience for these user groups. Between our two owners we have over 25 years of experience as both trail users and trail builders for all of these recreation types. We're proud to be the only full-time trail building company in Texas.

S & S Trail Services specializes in hybrid projects working with volunteers and providing crew supervision for community trail building exercises. We have over 200 miles of constructed trail in our repertoire, as well as many trail rehabilitation projects. We also are well versed in construction of wooden trail structures such as bridges, boardwalks, and technical trail features for mountain biking.

In our current climate of rampant obesity, global warming, nature deficit disorder and a general movement away from play outdoors, we see trails as an opportunity to help with all of these problems.

  • What better way for a child to learn to be active than a hike alongside a creek not far from home?
  • What about providing cyclists with a safe alternative to riding in the streets, allowing them to enjoy nature as they pedal to work?
  • How about providing bike parks to children in urban areas so that they can not only play the extreme games on their computers, but also go outside and participate in them?
  • If we provide these opportunities, won't we in turn create environmentalists?
  • People who yearn to live and play outdoors will stand up and be counted when the time comes, voting to protect our environment and fund our parks.
  • Horseback riding on trails can also help us reach back into our heritage with a trail ride experience much like the first settlers must have had, providing educational components to our recreational pursuits.

Our collective experience includes working with developers, government agencies, and volunteer-based projects, and we can assist in forming lasting partnerships between these various groups to create fun and sustainable trails for all.

Do you need an answer quick? Call us at 713-446-6610. For non-urgent inquiries, email info@sstrails.com.


GHORBA Trail Clinic: October 30-31

Posted by Ryan Spates in S&S Trails Blog on Nov. 5, 2010 - 8:41 am

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S&S Trail Services completed a weekend-long training session in Houston at the request of GHORBA (Greater Houston Off-Road Bicycling Association), and it was a smashing success! Many thanks go to Russell Adams and the other officers and board members of the club who were instrumental in pulling the event together.

The classroom portion of the training was taught at a newly-opened library next to the Anthills trails, where the dirt-training part of the class was held later in the weekend. Our crew leader Chuck was finally able to attend one of our trainings since it was held in Houston, and he said it was great to learn the theory behind the applied work he’d been doing with us for several months.

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Barton Creek West: Trail Extension

Posted by Ryan Spates in S&S Project Gallery, Uncategorized on Oct. 26, 2010 - 10:31 am

In October, S&S Trails set out to add trail to the already stellar network at Barton Creek West. The new section was intended to be more of a challenge than the others, and offer some views that were not available at any other point in the area. The trail would be on the escarpment overlooking the very north end of Barton Creek.

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Senna Hills: Maintenance

Posted by Ryan Spates in S&S Trails Blog on Oct. 26, 2010 - 10:27 am

In September and the beginning of October, S&S Trail Services was busy in west Austin at the Senna Hills neighborhood. Flooding had moved a couple of bridges and tumbled a few trees. The S&S Crew trimmed weeds and performed routine maintenance on most of the trail system, in addition to correcting the storm damage. One section of trail had cedar duff build up on the low side, preventing water from draining. This whole section was debermed.

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GHORBA Double Lake Project May 17-June 18

Posted by Ryan Spates in S&S Project Gallery on Jul. 1, 2010 - 10:46 am

After wrapping up some Spring season work projects, the intrepid Texas trail builders of S&S Trail Services kicked off the pre-Summer season by starting work on the Double Lake trail expansion. We were very excited to begin this project as it had been in the works for quite some time. Kevin Highfield with the Greater Houston Off-Road Bicycle Association (GHORBA) was instrumental in writing the RTPgrant to get the project funded, and Nick Gonzalez partnered with Kevin to oversee the project.

Because the expansion was estimated to be 11 miles in length and needed to be completed by October of 2010, S&S Trail Services decided to partner with Progressive Trail Design (PTD) from Arkansas to complete the project. We were familiar with company owner Nathan (Woody) Woodruff’s work because his team built the trail we had designed for the city of Sugarland a couple years ago, and we liked the type of work they did. PTD also joined the Professional Trail Builders Association the year after we were inducted, so we knew they were a reputable company and one we would feel comfortable sharing the Double Lake job with.

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May 4-9 IMBA 2010 World Mountain Bike Summit

Posted by Ryan Spates in S&S Trails Blog, Uncategorized on May. 31, 2010 - 11:56 am

The month of May got off to a great start with S&S Trails traveling to Augusta, Georgia for the 2010 International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) World Mountain Bike Summit. Approximately 200 delegates from all over the world converged on the Southeast to learn from each other and ride some awesome singletrack. S&S Trails are corporate sponsors of IMBA, and we’ve attended every biennial summit since their inception in 2000. All the prior summits were held out west or up north (including one in Canada), and this year was the first to highlight trails in the southern region of the US. Since Susan started riding in Florida and has always been partial to the southeast, it was very exciting to have trails and landscapes featured that were quite different from those that were highlighted in the past. The motto for the event was GRITS, Great Riding In The South, and the moniker certainly fit.

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May 11-15 Montgomery County Boardwalking Bliss

Posted by Ryan Spates in S&S Project Gallery on May. 30, 2010 - 12:13 pm

Over a year ago S&S Trails flagged out a nature trail for the proposed Spring Creek Nature Center off of Riley Fuzzel Road near Old Town Spring. Our long-time project partner Robert Collins from Montgomery County Precinct 3 originally hired us for the trail design, and has kept us posted on the development of the nature center and the related construction projects on the property. When we first flagged out the trail we were working around numerous survey lines and clearing boundaries in the woods and we knew that extensive land grading and building construction was going to occur on the property. We proposed, and Robert agreed, that it would make sense for us to hold off on our trail construction until the major clearing on the property was completed and the building was started, so that A) we wouldn’t be in the way of other contractors and B) any work we did wouldn’t get bulldozed by those other contractors in the course of getting their own projects done.

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April 12-29 Senna Hills Phase II

Posted by Ryan Spates in S&S Project Gallery on May. 11, 2010 - 11:37 am

Last fall S&S Trails completed Phase I at the Senna Hills neighborhood in west Austin, giving the community their first natural-surface trails allowing homeowners to walk, run, and ride bikes in the woods behind their homes. Community response was overwhelmingly positive, and residents frequently said that they enjoyed the trails and wanted more of them throughout the property to allow more opportunities for nature exploration and exercise. This led to plans for Phase II that commenced in the spring.

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Senna Hills

Posted by Ryan Spates in S&S Project Gallery, Uncategorized on Apr. 30, 2010 - 4:05 pm

April 12-29
Last fall S&S Trails completed Phase I at the Senna Hills neighborhood in west Austin, giving the community their first natural-surface trails allowing homeowners to walk, run, and ride bikes in the woods behind their homes. Community response was overwhelmingly positive, and residents frequently said that they enjoyed the trails and wanted more of them throughout the property to allow more opportunities for nature exploration and exercise. This led to plans for Phase II that commenced in the spring.

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Purtis Creek State Park

Posted by Ryan Spates in S&S Project Gallery on Apr. 10, 2010 - 3:27 pm

April 5-7
During the first week of April S&S Trails returned to Purtis Creek State Park to build a rerouted section of trail and a small bridge over a creek crossing. We had originally done a one-day consultation at the park back on February 19th while we were on our way to teach the DORBA school at Sid Richardson Ranch. During that consultation in February we used a clinometer to measure the hillside slope and lay out a flag line that would drop gradually down to the creek crossing and then rise back up to the existing trail. When we returned in April we used Sam the dozer to build that section, and she was also useful in ferrying out materials to build the bridge and carrying away excavated dirt to build up a low area in another section of trail.

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Timberlane Maintenance

Posted by Ryan Spates in S&S Trails Blog on Apr. 10, 2010 - 12:02 pm

March 29-31 Timberlane Utility District maintenance
At the end of March, S&S Trails took a quick trip to Spring to work for our good friend Bud Gessel at TLUD. Some of the crushed granite trails needed a little resurfacing due to erosion, so we called up our local co-worker Chuck and got busy laying down more material. We also used our little dozer (affectionately named Sam) to do some drainage work to prevent future erosion problems, in addition to using her to load crushed granite into the dump buggy to carry it out to the trouble spots.

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