Southwest Trail Solutions Core Team
Welcome To Southwest Trail Solutions Information Hub
We’re glad you found us! We hope this information helps you gain a better understanding of trail building principles and best practices, and our work.
Formed in 2008, we’re a trail design services firm based in the Sonoran Desert, although we’ve worked in the Pacific Northwest, New England, Texas, Nevada – even a temperate jungle in Jalisco, on Mexico’s Pacific Coast. We’re committed to helping our clients achieve their objectives as they plan, build and maintain trails. We offer the benefits of many years of experience, hundreds of miles of trails designed and built, and innovative solutions. We design to maximize user enjoyment while protecting resources through sustainable design and construction techniques, many of which we developed ourselves.
Our core values include a profound reverence for the landscape and all of its components.
Our services include assessment, system and trail design, construction project management, and training staff and volunteers.
MEET OUR CORE TEAM
Mark has been designing, building and maintaining trails since the early 1990s. He began in Oregon, and moved to Southern Arizona in 1998, where he was involved in the design of the Arizona Trail. Other trail systems he has designed in Southern Arizona include a reroute of the 50 Year Trail, 24 Hours in the Old Pueblo Race Course, Tucson Mountain Park, Robles Pass, and the Sweetwater Preserve. Read More About Mark …
A Tucson native, Neil graduated in 2010 from the University of Colorado with a B.A. in Geography and Environmental Studies and a minor in Energy Sciences. While in Colorado, Neil developed a love for mountain biking and hiking, as well as the trails that make these activities possible. An accomplished endurance
mountain biker and runner, Neil has ridden many stretches of the Arizona Trail and is very familiar with the Ripsey area. Read More About Neil …
Evan has been enjoying trails since before he could walk. He grew up in a family of avid hikers and campers, and spent his childhood wandering the woods around his family home in Pennsylvania. As an adult, Evan has spent as much of his life as possible in or around the outdoors, including working in the gear industry, as a climbing and hiking guide, and most recently as a trail builder and designer. He currently serves as the Executive Director for Sonoran Desert Mountain Bicyclists, a trail building and mountain bike advocacy nonprofit in Tucson, AZ. Read More About Evan Pilling