North Cascades Trail Skills College

Join us at Snoqualmie Pass! Photo by Loren Schmidt.

2019 North Cascades Trail Skills College

You’re invited! The North Cascades Trail Skills College is a free weekend event for volunteers to learn about trail maintenance and stewardship. Beginners and experts alike can benefit from Trail Skills College courses like Tread Reconstruction and Cooking and Camping with the Crew.

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.

The 2019 North Cascades Trail Skills College is possible thanks to the U.S. Forest Service, Osprey and the PCTA’s North 350 Blades volunteers.

When is it?

June 21-23, 2019

Where is it?

Snoqualmie Pass, Washington

What’s the fitness level of Trail Skills College?

The fitness level 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 6-8 hours of active trail maintenance per day.

What classes are being offered?

Friday, June 21

304 Crew Leadership: Managing Volunteers

**For most participants, Friday will be an arrival day only.

Saturday, June 22

Emergency Scenarios

101 Brushing and Scouting

203 Waterbars and Checks

204 Cooking and Camping with the Crew

Sunday, June 23

Power Brushing

102 Tread and Drainage

205 Tread Reconstruction

Not sure which classes to sign up for?

For first-time trail maintainers, we recommend the “beginner track”:

  • 101 Brushing and Scouting on Saturday
  • 102 Tread and Drainage on Sunday

For stewards, we recommend the “intermediate track”:

  • 203 Waterbars and Checks on Saturday
  • Power Brushing or 205 Tread Reconstruction on Sunday

For advanced trail maintainers, we recommend the “advanced/prospective crew leader track”:

  • 304 Crew Leadership: Managing Volunteers on Friday
  • Emergency Scenarios on Saturday
  • Power Brushing or 205 Tread Reconstruction on Sunday, or assist as an instructor or with overall event breakdown

Are lodging and meals provided?

Free bunkhouse, RV, and tent camping will be available. Free meals will be provided for participants, starting with breakfast on Saturday and ending with lunch on Sunday.

How do I register?

Registration is closed.

Can’t wait?

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 the online project schedule and North 350 Blades Facebook to find trail projects near you.

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


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