2020 Trail Maintenance Protocols

We know there are a lot of volunteers who are eager to get back out on the trail and enjoy the camaraderie and pride in a hard day’s worth of trail work. This page is where you’ll find all our resources, including the current status in our plan, for safely reengaging with trail maintenance activities.

As of June 22, 2020, some of our partner land management agency units are ready to have volunteers back on trails, while others aren’t. Our updated Reengagement Plan allows us to move forward with volunteer trail maintenance on a unit-by-unit basis, in line with state, county and agency partner protocols.

The Reengagement Level spreadsheet below is being updated by PCTA’s Regional Representatives on a daily basis.  Please check the spreadsheet to see where units are in the process of reengaging volunteer programs.

Read the full Reengagement Plan and Enhanced Safety Protocols here.

Check the Reengagement Level of your local agency unit here.

Please note: the agency unit spreadsheet above reflects reengagement related to COVID-19 and the public health situation. It doesn’t reflect changes in PCTA’s volunteer programs due to trail closures, such as those related to wildfire. Contact your local Regional Representative or visit the Pacific Crest Trail Closures page for more information.

Also read:

Reengagement Level Overview

Much of the trail remains in:

Three Sisters Wilderness photo by Justin McCormick.

Stay Home, Stay Healthy: No in-person volunteer projects, trainings or events

  • Check the status of individual agency units here.
  • In order to take the next step to “Reengagement Level A,” we need the individual land management agency unit to be ready to have volunteers back; Stay-at-home orders lifted to allow for non-essential travel and activities; PCTA to be able to provide additional required PPE, including sanitizing equipment.

Select agency units are in:

Additional Reengagement Resources

New COVID-19 related documents are compiled below. These supplement the forms on our Crew Leader Center.

Electronic Paperwork for Level A Volunteers must complete their Sign-in Sheet, Trail Survey JHA, Risk Assessment Worksheet, COVID-19 Release of Liability Form and electronic signature before each outing. Updated July 2020. Online
Electronic Paperwork for Level B & C Volunteers must complete their Sign-in Sheet, Trail Maintenance JHA, Risk Assessment Worksheet, COVID-19 Release of Liability Form and electronic signature before each outing. Updated July 2020. Online
Electronic Livestock Operations JHA For outings involving livestock, volunteers must complete an electronic Livestock Operations JHA in addition to standard Level B-C electronic paperwork. Released July 2020. Online
Printable Versions of Electronic Paperwork Volunteers should complete all forms online before each outing. (See above.) However, printable versions of new COVID-19 related documents are available.
Risk Assessment Worksheet: Risks Associated with the Spread of COVID-19 Specific to Volunteer Programs. Released June 2020. PDF
COVID-19 Release of Liability Form. Released June 2020. PDF
Video Tutorial for Electronic Paperwork This video tutorial explains where to find the required electronic paperwork for volunteer projects, how to fill it out, and when to fill out. Released August 2020. Video
Written Instructions for Electronic Paperwork These written instructions explain where to find the required electronic paperwork for volunteer projects and how to fill it out. Released September 2020. Word
Acknowledge Variable Risk of COVID-19 The CDC has determined that some members of the public are at higher risk for severe illness. Volunteers must review CDC guidelines and determine that participation in the project will not unduly jeopardize their health Online
COVID-19 Self Evaluation It is of paramount importance that those who may carry COVID-19 avoid social gatherings of any type – including PCTA projects. Volunteers must review symptoms of coronavirus on the CDC website and complete a self-evaluation before attending each project. Online
Protocols for Sanitizing Tools and Equipment It is imperative that equipment which will be reused by future groups is thoroughly cleaned and sanitized to prevent the transmission of COVID-19. Updated August 2020. PDF
Tailgate Safety Session and Tool Checklist with COVID-19 Enhanced Safety Protocols Provides a checklist of important topics to cover, including enhanced safety protocols, during virtual pre-project safety sessions and tracking tools in the field. Released August 2020. Excel
Infographic for Volunteer COVID-19 Guidance An infographic highlighting steps to take before you volunteer, while you’re on a project, and post-project. Released June 2020. PDF


The PCTA’s volunteer activities are optional and non-essential. Your health and safety is our top priority, and your participation is at your discretion. We understand everyone has different levels of comfort and acceptable risk. If you aren’t comfortable returning to trail work when others are, we support you in returning to trail work when you are ready!

PCTA will monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and adapt our reengagement plan as necessary, including reverting to previous levels.

This page was last updated September 24, 2020.

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