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 2017

The 2017 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 Hydro Flask. 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 Cooking & Camping with the Crew and Working with Packers & Packstock. 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?

Don’t forget, 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. 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 website to find trail projects near you.

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

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Photo by: Nathaniel Middleton