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Southern California Trail Skills College

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2018 Trail Skills Colleges are scheduled for Sept. 29-30, Oct. 27, Oct. 28, Nov. 10, and Nov. 18 in various locations throughout Southern California. Photo by Michael Lewis.

In 2018, the Pacific Crest Trail Association and your local Trail Gorilla volunteer chapters will host five Trail Skills Colleges throughout Southern California.

Each Trail Skills College will cover a different topic, from crew leadership to drainage design, to scouting and stewarding the trail.

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

Upcoming Trail Skills Colleges

The complete list of courses

  • Registration is required for all events
  • Sept. 29-30: Crew Leadership near Palm Springs
  • Oct. 27: Scout/Steward training near Palm Springs
  • Oct. 28: Advanced Drainage training near Anza
  • Nov. 10: Advanced Draining training near Green Valley
  • Nov. 18: Scout/Steward training near Cajon Pass

Are meals and lodging provided?

Lodging and meals will be coordinated for the two-day Crew Leadership training. Participants in all other Trail Skills Colleges are responsible for providing their own meals and accommodations.

What’s the fitness level of Trail Skills College?

The fitness level will vary depending on the location and objective of your class, 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 each class, resulting in 6-8 hours of active trail maintenance.

How do I sign up?

Registration will open in late August. Contact [email protected] for more information.

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