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Introduction to Trail Maintenance

Are you unfamiliar with some of the technical jargon in your project description? Although trail maintenance is often best explained with a hands-on approach, Trail Maintenance: 101 will clarify what your project could entail. The document contains a glossary of common trail maintenance terms, commonly used tools, and tool safety information. More in-depth information and training will be provided on your Volunteer Vacation prior to starting work.

What to Bring

You will enjoy your trip much more if you have all the right gear. Your equipment needs will vary based on the project and different climates. Pay attention to any special instructions from your host and crew leader for your specific project. Each volunteer must bring the following gear in addition to all personal items. Tools, camp cook gear, and First-Aid equipment will be provided by the host.

Required Equipment for each Volunteer Vacation:

     Tent (unless host provides indoor accommodations)

     Sleeping bag (unless linens are provided)

     Sturdy Hiking/work boots

     Long pants

     Long-sleeve shirts (not always required by host but necessary)

     Work gloves (often provided by host)

     Rain jacket

     Personal eating utensils (cup, bowl, spork)

     Two 1-Liter reusable water bottles

     Day pack for transporting your lunch, extra clothes, water bottles, and other items to the worksite.


See our equipment lists for Camping Accommodations and Indoor Accommodations for further help in planning for your trip. Always bring the 10 Essentials of Hiking in your pack for an enjoyable Volunteer Vacation. Pets, firearms, and illegal drugs are strictly prohibited on our Volunteer Vacations. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions regarding clothing or equipment needed for your trip.  Contact Libby Wile at or call at 800-972-8608 ext. 704

Assumption of Risk and Photo Release

Prior to attending a volunteer vacation, every participant must complete a liability form for the year that their volunteer vacation occurs. If you register online for your trip, you will be prompted to fill this out to submit your registration.  If you register over the phone or by mail, you will need to submit an online 2017 Assumption of Risk & Release prior to your trip start.


win-theseWe want to provide YOU, our dedicated trail stewards, the opportunity to make an even bigger impact on trails beyond your week of service.  We’ve set up a Team fundraising page on behalf of American Hiking Society and invite you to join us as we collectively conserve trails for tomorrow.  In addition to more “boots-on-the-ground”, raising funds for Volunteer Vacations can get you some really awesome gear to take on your next adventure and even get your registration fee comped.  We’ve curated an extensive list of some of the best outdoor gear and equipment in the industry to reward you for your fundraising efforts.  Find out how you can make a bigger impact on trail conservation and earn awesome outdoor SWAG in the process, HERE.

Trip Follow-Up

Your comments, suggestions and concerns are important to us and essential to improving the program and ensuring a safe and positive volunteer experience into the future. After your trip, you will receive a link directing you to a brief online survey regarding your recent trip. We appreciate you taking a few minutes to fill out this survey and welcome any other feedback you would like to provide.