White Pass Trail Skills College

Volunteers with the PCTA’s White Pass Chapter restore the trail just below Old Snowy, in the heart of the Goat Rocks Wilderness. Photo by Bri Leahy.

2019 White Pass Trail Skills College

You’re invited! The White Pass Trail Skills College is a free weekend event for volunteers to learn about trail maintenance and stewardship. Beginners and experts alike can benefit from Trail Skills College courses like Tread Reconstruction and Crew Leadership.

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 2019 White Pass Trail Skills College is possible thanks to the U.S. Forest Service and PCTA’s White Pass Chapter volunteers.

When is it?

April 6-7, 2019

Where is it?

Randle, Washington

Are meals and lodging provided?

Free bunkhouse lodging, tent and RV camping are available Friday and Saturday. Meals will be provided at no cost starting with Saturday lunch and ending with Sunday breakfast.

Please note: participants need to provide their own breakfast Saturday morning, and if arriving Friday night, will need to provide their own dinner.

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?

Saturday, April 6

103 Basic Saw Crew Training

205 Tread Reconstruction

400 Crew Leadership: Project Management

Sunday, April 7

First Aid and CPR

Please note: space is limited in the First Aid and CPR class. Priority will be given to active White Pass Chapter volunteers seeking saw certification.

How do I register?

Online registration is available February 20-March 15. Click to here register.

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 PCTA’s Volunteer Program at 916-285-1838 or [email protected].



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