West Cascades Trail Skills College

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2022 West Cascades Trail Skills College

The West Cascades Trail Skills College is a free week-long event for volunteers to learn about trail maintenance and stewardship. Beginners and seasoned trail workers alike can benefit from the foundational courses being offered: Intro to Trail Maintenance and Intro to Trail Scouting.

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

The 2022 West Cascades Trail Skills College was possible thanks to the U.S. Forest Service, Cascade Volunteers and the PCTA’s Mid-Oregon Volunteers.

Registration has now closed

When is it?

June 10-12 2022

Where is it?

The McKenzie Bridge
57909 McKenzie Hwy, Blue River, OR 97413

How much does it cost?

Trail Skills College is free of charge.

Are meals and lodging provided?

While water and restrooms will be available onsite, due to ongoing COVID safety procedures, we will not provide food this year.

Camping will be available for the weekend.

What classes are being offered?

Twelve classes are being offered at the 2022 trail skills college!

On Saturday the 11th we are offering:

Intro to Trail Maintenance
Sawyer Support – swamping
Hand Tool Field Maintenance
Drainage Design & Drain Dips
Crew Leadership: Project Management
Radio Use
Crosscut Demonstration

On Sunday the 12th we are offering:

Brushing and Scouting
Love Your Lake Training 
Trailwork: Tread and Drainage
Chainsaw Maintenance
Drainage Crossing

Find the PCTA Trail Skills Curriculum Here!

How do I register?

Registration is now 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 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 to find trail projects near you.

If you have questions about Trail Skills College, contact PCTA’s Volunteer Program at [email protected].

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