Trail Skills College

Join our premier trail maintenance educational program. Up and down the Pacific Crest Trail, we teach the fundamental skills of trail design and maintenance. Classes are free and open to new and experienced volunteers and outdoor professionals.

Trail Skills Colleges are taught by professionals and volunteer leaders who have extensive experience in the fields of recreational construction, trail maintenance, and leadership. Learn from the experts.

Important note on Trail Skills Colleges during Covid-19

In March 2020, we began canceling and/or postponing all in-person PCTA related events in response to Covid-19. Shortly after, we made the difficult decision to extend these cancelations to include all large weekend Trail Skills Colleges in 2020. These Trail Skills Colleges typically bring together 50-100 people, including volunteers, staff and partners. Given state public health restrictions and the challenges we’d face maintaining physical distancing in Trail Skills College courses and social time, it wasn’t in the best interest of our staff, volunteers and community to host these large training events.

We are currently discussing safe opportunities to provide in-person volunteer training in 2021. As details are finalized, they will be published on this website. In the meantime, visit our Covid-19 Volunteer Protocols page for more details.

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