Tahoe Trail Skills College

Tahoe Trail Skills College

Tahoe Trail Skills College

You’re invited to the annual Tahoe Trail Skills College near Truckee! This a free weekend event for local volunteers to learn about trail maintenance and stewardship. Beginners and experts alike can benefit from Trail Skills College courses like Working with Packers & PackstockWaterbars & Checks, and Drainage Design & Drain Dips.

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 2017 Tahoe Trail Skills College is possible thanks to the U.S. Forest Service, California Alpine Club, and Hydro Flask.

When is it?

July 21 – 23, 2017

Where is it?

Near Truckee, California

Are meals and lodging provided?

Car/tent camping will be available at no cost to all participants on Friday and Saturday. Meals will also be provided at no cost starting with breakfast on Saturday and ending with lunch on Sunday.

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?

Most classes at this Trail Skills College will last two days (Saturday-Sunday) in order to provide enough time for projects in the field. The only one-day class is 306 Working with Packers & Packstock. Students in this class are encouraged to stay for dinner and camp Saturday evening, then depart Sunday after breakfast. There will not be a follow-up class on Sunday. We are not able to add students from Saturday’s 306 class to any of the two-day classes on Sunday.

Here are the class options:

Saturday only:


How do I register?

Registration is closed.

Can’t wait?

Don’t forget, you can learn new trail maintenance skills by volunteering on a PCTA trail crew any time. Most crews do not 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 to find trail projects near you.

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



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Photo by: Nathaniel Middleton