Celebrating 50 years of the PCT
as a National Scenic Trail.

Columbia Cascades Trail Skills College

Volunteer students and instructors at the 2017 Columbia Cascades Trail Skills College. Photo by Gray Feather Photography.

Congratulations Class of 2018

The 2018 Columbia Cascades Trail Skills College was made possible thanks to the U.S. Forest Service, PCTA’s Mt. Hood Chapter, Washington Trails Association, Trailkeepers of Oregon, Backcountry Horsemen of Oregon, Backcountry Horsemen of Washington,  Mount St. Helens Institute and Oregon State Parks. These sponsors and partners welcomed 150 volunteers to play in the dirt and learn new skills at the Port of Cascade Locks.

Participants chose from over 20 trail maintenance classes, including Drainage Design & Drain Dips and Tread Re-Construction, plus new classes like “New Trail Construction.” Thank you to the volunteer instructors, partners and staff for the great selection, and thank you to the Pacific Northwest volunteer community for coming out to learn these skills.

See the photos

Volunteer photographers, students, and instructors uploaded their photos to the event Facebook page. Check them out online.

Can’t wait for next year?

The 2019 Columbia Cascades Trail Skills College will be held April 12-14 in Cascade Locks. 

More details, including course offerings and registration information, will be available in the spring. In the meantime, remember that you can always 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 and Mt. Hood Chapter Eventbrite page to find trail projects near you.

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



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