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.

2021 Columbia Cascades Trail Skills College

The 2021 Columbia Cascades Trail Skills College was possible thanks to the U.S. Forest Service, PCTA’s Mount Hood Chapter, Washington Trails Association and Trailkeepers of Oregon.

Trail Skills College is offered free of charge in an effort to inspire stewardship of trails. In exchange for attending a training session, we encourage you to volunteer at least 8 hours of work on trail projects in the coming year.

Thanks for joining us! Check back here soon for information regarding our 2022 offerings.

When is it?

Online trainings and corresponding field sessions will take place again in 2022– check back soon for dates!

Where is it?

Field sessions will take place in the greater Columbia River Gorge area. Details for each field session location will be available during registration.

How much does it cost?

Trail Skills College is free of charge.

Are meals and lodging provided?

Information regarding the 2022 Trail Skills College will be posted in advance of the event.

What’s the fitness level of Trail Skills College?

The fitness level of the field sessions will vary depending on the classes you select during registration. However, all participants should be prepared to hike a minimum of 1-2 miles while carrying personal gear and tools. Participants should also be prepared for the hands-on learning opportunities in many of these classes, resulting in 6 hours of active trail maintenance per day.

How do I register?

Registration will open later in the year, check back soon!

Can’t wait?

Don’t forget, you can learn new trail maintenance skills by volunteering on a PCTA trail crew any time. 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 PCTA’s online schedule to find trail projects near you.

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



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