As hikers, our primary mode of transportation into the wilderness is our legs. The highway that delivers us to the coveted beauty and solitude we seek is an intricate web of trails that winds throughout the Northwest. The trails that we so frequently enjoy in and around Portland require careful planning and a lot of work to construct and maintain.
If you’ve ever wanted to join a trail work party or perhaps just learn about the science that goes into creating a new trail, the 4th Annual Trail Skills College is the place to learn; and it’s free!
This year’s Trail Skills College presented by the Pacific Crest Trail Association will convene over April 20th, 21st, and 22nd and is once again being held at the Cascade Locks Marine Park in the Gorge. Classes run the gamut from “Introduction to Trail” and “Basic Trail Design”, all the way up to “Drainage with Water Bars and Checks” and “Intro to Chainsaw”. Registration is free and opens to the public tomorrow (Feb 29th). Camping at the Marine Park is also free during the event and meals will be provided on Friday and Saturday evening for all registered guests.
The Trail Skills College provides attendees with the expertise needed to plan for, construct, and maintain a trail. Perhaps equally important, however, is the appreciation garnered for the herculean efforts that go into every step we take along our highways into the wilderness.
For more information about the event, contact John Cunningham at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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