After two long hitches with a summit of Mt. Whitney smashed in between, our days off in South Lake Tahoe were fantastic and left us well rested and ready for another great hitch on the HT National Forest. We set out for Highland Lakes near Ebbetts Pass and met our PCTA contact, Justin, at the trailhead. We followed him down a rough and curvy gravel road to the campground at the lakes.Read more
SCA Trails Corps do the dirty work. Steeped in the rich tradition of wilderness trail workers, teams of SCA corps members construct, repair, maintain, and restore access corridors across the country. Trails teams also survey trail locations and conditions utilizing both GIS and manual data collection techniques.
The SCA Trails Corps teams work in small groups, led by an experienced trails leader. Work projects often are in wilderness areas and are constructed utilizing hand tools. Trails teams analyze, plan, and complete various trail projects including maintenance and clearing, construction of erosion prevention structures, and construction of steps, walkways, and bridges in timber or rock. Trails Inventory and Assessment Teams train in use of advanced GPS and Geographic Information System (GIS) technology including data gathering, quality control, and analysis. Members travel in pairs to remote sites to collect trail data.
Members receive weekly living allowances. Housing and field-based meals are provided, but positions may require camping in the field for a significant portion of the program.
- Wilderness First Aid
- Crosscut Saw Operation
- Leave No Trace (LNT) Outdoor Ethics
- Trails Work Skills
- Backcountry Cooking
- Trails Assessment
- Data Collection (if applicable)
Members must be at least 18 years of age and pass a background check. Other requirements vary by position