North Cascades Trail Skills College

Volunteer students and instructors at the 2017 North Cascades Trail Skills College. Photo by Loren Schmidt.

Congratulations Class of 2018!

The 2018 North Cascades Trail Skills College series took place throughout the spring and summer of 2018, and was made possible thanks to the U.S. Forest Service and the PCTA’s North 350 Blades volunteers. Together, we welcomed more than 100 volunteers to dig in the dirt and learn new skills on the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie, Okanogen-Wenatchee, and Gifford Pinchot national forests.

First time and seasoned trail maintainers chose from courses like Intro to Trail Maintenance, Basic Saw Crew Training, Trail Design and Tread Reconstruction. Thank you to the volunteer instructors, partners and staff for the great selection, and thank you to the North Cascades volunteer community for coming out to learn these skills!

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 participants to volunteer on the PCT for at least 16 hours in the coming year.

Can’t wait for next year?

The 2019 North Cascades Trail Skills College will be held June 21-23 near Snoqualmie Pass.

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 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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