Big Bend Trail Skills College

Volunteer students and instructors at the 2017 Big Bend Trail Skills College. PCTA Photo.

Congratulations Class of 2017

The 2017 Big Bend Trail Skills College was made possible thanks to the Bureau of Land ManagementU.S. Forest ServiceBackcountry Horsemen of Oregon, and Hydro Flask. These sponsors and partners welcomed 45 volunteers to play in the dirt and learn new skills near Ashland, Oregon. Volunteers chose from courses like Brushing & ScoutingBasic Saw Crew TrainingWaterbars & Checks, and crosscut saw & chainsaw training. Thank you to the volunteer instructors, partners and staff for the great selection, and thank you to the local volunteer community for coming out to learn these skills.

Can’t wait for next year?

The 2018 Big Bend Trail Skills College will be held June 8-10.

More details about the 2018 event, including class and registration information, will be available in the spring.

In the meantime, remember that you can learn new trail maintenance skills by volunteering on a PCTA trail crew. Most crews don’t 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, PCTA’s Southern Oregon Rockers or PCTA’s NorCal Trail Crew on Facebook to find PCT maintenance projects in Northern California and Southern Oregon.

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


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Photo by: Nathaniel Middleton