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 is possible thanks to the U.S. Forest Service, Cascade Volunteers and the PCTA’s Mid-Oregon Volunteers.

When is it?

Check back soon for 2022 dates!

Where is it?

Online trainings will be held on Zoom. Corresponding field sessions will take place on the PCT in the Willamette National Forest. Details for each field session location will be available after registration.

How much does it cost?

Trail Skills College is free of charge.

Are meals and lodging provided?

Check back soon for 2022 details!

What’s the fitness level of Trail Skills College?

The fitness level of the field sessions 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 hours of active trail maintenance per day.

What classes are being offered?

Check back soon!

How do I register?

Registration will open here, after details have been confirmed.

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 PCTA’s online schedule 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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