PCT Trail Maintenance Level

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 the current status in our plan for safely reengaging with trail maintenance activities.

As of June 22, 2020, some of our partner Forests 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.

Read the full Reengagement Plan and Enhanced Safety Protocols here.

Check the Reengagement Level of your local agency unit here.

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:

San Gorgonio Wilderness photo by Karthikeya Nadendla.

Reengagement Level A: Scouting, project planning, tool maintenance. (No tool use in field.)

  • Check the status of individual agency units here.
  • Open to PCTA volunteer leaders, existing section adopters, caretakers, stewards, scouts with members of volunteer’s household.
  • Group size: solo or based on shared households.
  • Within 100 driving miles of residence. No air travel permitted.

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. Released June 2020. Online
Printable Paperwork for Level A 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
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. Released June 2020. PDF
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 June 29, 2020.

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