Big Bend Trail Skills College

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Volunteer students and instructors at the 2016 Big Bend Trail Skills College. Photo by Joe Smith.

Big Bend Trail Skills College

The Pacific Crest Trail Association and Bureau of Land Management invite you to the annual Big Bend Trail Skills College at Hyatt Lake. This a free weekend event for local volunteers to learn about trail maintenance and stewardship. Beginners and experts alike can benefit from Trail Skills College courses like Brushing & ScoutingBasic Saw Crew TrainingWaterbars & Checks, and crosscut saw & chainsaw training.

Trail Skills College is offered free of charge in an effort to inspire citizen stewardship of trails. In exchange for attending the training, we encourage you to volunteer at least 16 hours of work on trail projects in the coming year.

The 2017 Big Bend Trail Skills College is possible thanks to the Bureau of Land ManagementU.S. Forest Service, Backcountry Horsemen of Oregon, and Hydro Flask.

When is it?

June 9 – 11, 2017

Where is it?

Near Ashland, Oregon

Are meals and lodging provided?

Free tent/car/RV camping is available to all participants on Friday and Saturday. Meals will be provided at no cost courtesy of Backcountry Horsemen of Oregon. Meals will start with breakfast on Saturday and end with lunch on Sunday.

What’s the fitness level of Trail Skills College?

The fitness level will vary depending on the classes you select during registration. However, all participants should be prepared to hike a minimum of 1-2 miles while carrying personal gear and tools. Participants should also be prepared for the hands on learning opportunities in many of these classes, resulting in 6-8 hours of active trail maintenance per day.

What classes are being offered?

We’re still finalizing the 2017 class list. Check back soon for more information. Here’s a video of last year’s crosscut saw training and certification course:

How do I register?

Online registration will available on this website April 10 – May 19.

Can’t wait?

Don’t forget, you can learn new trail maintenance skills by volunteering on a PCTA trail crew any time. Most crews do not require any previous trail maintenance experience. Knowledgeable and experienced crew leaders are on site to teach you the necessary skills. Visit the online project schedule or PCTA’s Southern Oregon Rockers or PCTA’s NorCal Trail Crew on Facebook to find trail projects near you.

If you have questions about Trail Skills College, contact the Volunteer Programs Assistant at 916-285-1838 or [email protected].


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