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Backcountry Builder Course - Basic through Intermediate

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Presented by Willamette National Forest
Oakridge, OR
Meet and camp at Tired Dog Ranch
9am - 4pm
$30 - $90 (see below for scholarship info)


Ever gone to a trail work party and wish there was actual instruction? Us too! Taught by Kevin Rowell of the USFS, this two-day course will include both classroom learning as well as hands-on, on-trail skills development. The trail building skills class will focus on the basics of logout, brushing and tread work for backcountry trails. Participants will learn how to run safe, regulation-compliant and productive trail work events. Highly recommended for anyone looking to participate in upcoming Oregon Timber Trail Alliance Stewardship Campouts or new build days!

Check out our gallery and recap from last year’s successful event here.

Details: Breakfast and dinner will be provided as well as sandwich makings for lunch. Lodging will be at Tired Dog Ranch Friday and Saturday nights - 22 spaces are available for the Cabins/Yurt. Prices include the class fee and six meals. You choose whether you prefer camping or a cabin. Tools will be provided. Please bring pen and paper and be ready to learn. If camping, bring all the necessary camping gear to be warm, dry, and comfortable. Participants should bring seasonally appropriate clothing (warm layers, outerwear, gloves) and be prepared to be on trail for four hours each day. 

This course provides:

  • Instruction on basic techniques for the logout, brushing, and tread work of backcountry trails. 

  • Tools for the course

  • Two nights of tent camping at Tired Dog Ranch (Yurts and Cabins also available, contact Tired Dog directly) 

  • Six meals 

  • A group learning environment 

Students are expected to bring:

  • An attitude focused on learning and safety

  • Pen and paper

  • Seasonally appropriate clothing (warm layers, outerwear, gloves) and be prepared to be on trail for four hours each day.

  • Your own Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) if you have it—otherwise long pants, long sleeve shirts, sturdy shoes/boots, and work gloves. (hard hats and eye protection will be available to borrow)

Scholarship info:

A limited number of scholarships are being offered by Alpine Trail Crew Association and Travel Lane County for this event for budding and experienced volunteers. We want to be more inclusive and remove barriers for your participation. To be considered please fill out the application here:

* Your registration fee goes towards meals, camping, coordination of the event, a weekend-long group learning environment, and helps advance the Oregon Timber Trail Alliance's mission. Your fees are not used for any instruction provided by federal employees or any component of the weekend that takes place on public lands.