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Summer 2015

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2015: 20 Years of Service to Trail Users

The Backcountry Trail Patrol Association is a private, non-profit organization that provides volunteer trail patrol and medical support at special events as part of the National Mountain Bike Patrol. We are the third oldest active patrol in NMBP, and were the sixth patrol to join back when NMBP was part of NORBA. What became the Backcountry patrol was started by four Anoka County (MN) Park Rangers as the North Central Mountain Bike Patrol (NCMBP) in 1995. NCMBP launched it's Backcountry Trail Patrol Program in 1999 to promote and patrol trails on the Chippewa and Superior  National Forests in Minnesota. In 2003 when NCMBP became a prorgam of MORC (Minnesota Off-Road Cyclists), the Backcountry Patrol program became a separate, independent organization concentrating on the Chippewa National Forest and the Chequamegon National Forest in Wisconsin.

Chippewa NF Patrol, 2003

Eventually, we became active partners with,  the Chequamegon, and the CAMBA Trails which are our our primary patrol venue, although we still serve as casual volunteers on the Chippewa several times each year. Because of the interests and abilities of some of our members, we also do some winter patrol on cross-country skis and snowshoes, in addition to our widely recognized winter fat-bike patrols. We also patrol and maintain the trails in Isanti (MN) County Parks, which we helped design and build.


We ask that all members commit to doing at least 12 hours of trail patrol on CAMBA and/or MORC trails per season, and work at least three events over the course of a year. You can see by the list below there are plenty of opportunities to work events.

Our major events are:
City of Lakes Loppet Urban Ski Festival
CAMBA/Mt. Borah Epic
Team Ortho Minneapolis Marathon
Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival
Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon
Other events we work are:
Team Ortho Polar Dash
Cuyuna Lakes Whiteout Fat Bike Race
Fat Bike Birkie
Team Ortho Get Lucky
TCM 1 Mile
City of Lakes Tri-Loppet
Cuyuna Lakes Rusty Ride
Team Ortho Minneapolis Duathlon
Team Ortho Monster Dash
Patroller coordinated events include:
Birkie Tour
Lake Maria State Park Winter Family Fun Day
Lake Maria SP Candlelight Snowshoe Hike 
North End Ski Classic 
Cable Off-Road Classic 
Minnesota Ironman Ride 
Team Ortho Go Commando Adventure race 
Team Ortho Women Only Run 
Birkie Trail Run 

Any Senior Patroller can decide to work an event and recruit other members to assist.

Trail systems we officially patrol (With links):

Chequamegon Area Mountain Bike Association

Chequamegon National Forest (WI)

Isanti County Parks

Email us for more information. 


Copyright 2002 - 2015 Backcountry Trail Patrol Association, Inc.
Last modified: August 02, 2015



Medical Training 


 Training resources:

Emergicare Wilderness

Medical Training,

The Backcountry Trail Patrol and Emergicare Medical Training are working together to train as many people as possible in "Hands Only CPR"

AHA Compression-only CPR

We thank


for their ongoing support!

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Backcountry Trail Patrol Association, Inc., is an equal opportunity service provider, operating under a volunteer services agreement and in partnership with the USDA Forest Service Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest

2005 Winning Website in the "Trails Training" category.