North Cascades Trail Skills College
You’re invited to the second annual North Cascades Trail Skills College in Darrington, Washington. This a free weekend event open to local volunteers who would like to learn more about maintaining their local trails. Beginners and experts alike can benefit from Trail Skills College courses like Basic Saw Crew training, Drainage Design & Drain Dips, Crew Leadership: Project Management and Tread Re-Construction.
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.
When is it?
May 19 – 21, 2017
Where is it?
The fairgrounds in Darrington, Washington
Are meals and lodging provided?
Free car/tent camping will be available to all participants on Friday and Saturday. Meals will be provided at no cost, starting with dinner on Saturday and ending 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, but we expect to offer around three classes per day on Saturday and Sunday. There are no classes offered on Friday. Students can register for one class per day. Check back soon for more information.
How do I register?
Online registration will open on this website in April.
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 and North 350 Blades 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].