Southern California Trail Skills College


Volunteers learn the finer points of rock work during a 2017 Trail Skills College. Photo by Michael Lewis.

Congratulations Class of 2019!

The 2019 Southern California Trail Skills Colleges were made possible thanks to the U.S. Forest Service, Osprey, and PCTA’s Trail Gorilla volunteer chapters. These sponsors and partners welcomed 30 volunteers to play in the dirt and learn new skills, like Drainage Design & Dips and Waterbars & Checks, at seven day-long trainings on the Cleveland and San Bernardino national forests.

Thank you to the volunteer instructors, partners, and staff for hosting these trainings, and thank you to the Southern California volunteer community for coming out to learn these skills.

Remember, Trail Skills College is offered free of charge in an effort to inspire volunteer maintenance of trails. In exchange for attending a day-long training, we encourage you to volunteer at least 8 hours of work on trail projects in the coming year. Visit the online volunteer schedule to learn more.

Can’t wait for next year?

Southern California Trail Skills Colleges usually take place in October-November. Details for the 2022 Trail Skills Colleges will be available in summer 2022.

But 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 the online volunteer schedule and Trail Gorillas Facebook 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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