Columbia Cascades Trail Skills College

Volunteers at the 2018 Columbia Cascades Trail Skills College learn to build turnpikes and work with packers and pack stock. Photo by Les Taylor.

Congratulations Class of 2019!

The 2019 Columbia Cascades Trail Skills College was made possible thanks thanks to the U.S. Forest ServiceOregon State ParksPCTA’s Mount Hood ChapterWashington Trails AssociationTrailkeepers of OregonBackcountry Horsemen of OregonBackcountry Horsemen of Washington, Osprey, and the Port of Cascade Locks. These sponsors and partners welcomed more than 150 volunteers to play in the dirt and learn new skills in the Columbia River Gorge.

Thank you to the volunteer instructors, partners, committee, cooks, and staff for coming together to host this training, and thank you to the Pacific Northwest volunteer community for coming out to learn these skills.

Remember, Trail Skills College is offered free of charge in an effort to inspire citizen stewardship of trails. In exchange for attending the training, we encourage you to volunteer at least 16 hours of work on trail projects in the coming year. Visit the online volunteer schedule to learn more.

Can’t wait for next year?

Don’t forget, you can learn new trail maintenance skills by volunteering on a PCTA trail crew any time. Most crews do not 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 to find PCT projects near you. Details for 2020 Trail Skills Colleges will be available in spring 2020.

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

Sponsors and Partners


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