The Adopt-A-Trail Program provides a way for businesses and individuals to take a leadership role in trail maintenance.

The Adopt-A-Trail Program provides a way for businesses and individuals to partner with SBTS and our National Forests by sponsoring trail maintenance on specific trails. Trails are National Forest System Trails, and the Adopt-A-Trail Program is operated under Volunteer Agreements with the Plumas and Tahoe National Forests. 

Your philanthropic contribution to the maintenance and upkeep of National Forest System Trails will instill pride for you, your company and your employees and provide much needed trail maintenance that currently has no Federal funding or labor source. And it is a great way to promote your business while demonstrating that you care for trails that current and future generations will enjoy.

Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship (SBTS) staff works with the “Sponsoring’ individual or organization to provide necessary trail supervision, tools and training. SBTS will host a trail workday and post work party for your employees, fellow staff members and/or friends. Trail work is a rewarding team building experience!

If you or your organization are interested in sponsoring the maintenance of a trail, take a look at the Adopt-a-Trail Programs Menu  and contact Marty Scheel at

Adoption Guidelines


You or your organization will receive a trailhead sign on your adopted trail listing you as the trail sponsor. These are official, high quality US Forest Service signs. This is a yearly renewable program, and we ask that you consider a multi-year contribution. Funds are used for spring log out, brushing and immediate drainage work that everyone notices and appreciates.

Trail Adoption Benefits

  • Preservation of historic trails and in some cases, construction of new trails
  • Company volunteer trail day with friends, family and co-workers. Food, beverages, tools and good times provided by SBTS
  • Trailhead signage listing your name or your organization’s name as the ‘Sponsor’
  • Website listing and association with the trail system
  • Thousands of smiling and appreciative trail users
  • Adoption funds are 100% tax-deductible (SBTS Tax ID # 72-1579038)

Thanks SBTS!! You do great things for us to enjoy. Saw your work on the trail to Long Lake. Yeah!
– Valerie Flanigan via Facebook, August 2016


Custom Trail Adoption Partnerships

Have creative ideas for contributions or want to be a bigger cash donor and Stewardship Partner? Sky’s the limit for creativity. Contact Marty Scheel to customize a partnership or for additional questions

Sponsor-a-Trail Crew

Sponsoring a Trail Crew allows you or your organization to invest directly in local Lost Sierra employment and trail building. Our Pro Trail Crew works all season to build new trails and maintain trails located on National Forest lands. Our paid Youth High School Crew works several weeks during the summer creating employment for local youths – along with teaching them stewardship and life skills while offering a backcountry experience.

Pro Trail Crew
5 member crew (with moto transport)

Youth High School Day Trail Crew
8 person crew (6 members, 2 crew leaders)

Youth High School Camping Trail Crew
10 person crew (8 members, 2 crew leaders)

If you or your organization or company are interested in adopting a trail crew, take a look at the Adopt-a-Trail Programs Menu  and contact Marty Scheel at


Sponsor-a-Trail Volunteer Event

Sponsoring a Mountain Epic or Trail Daze event directly funds the food, beverages and good times we provide to our volunteers during trail work outings. As a nonprofit, our volunteers are the foundation of our organization and their labor contributions allow us to apply for grant funds and provide an in-kind match aimed at trail maintenance and trail building each season.

Mountain Epic Weekend
Our annual Mountain Epic includes a weekend campout at one of our favorite campgrounds, meals and tasty beverages throughout the event. Bike/ moto rides and hikes, prize drawings, Epic games and of course, a day of trail work, are all part of the experience. The Mountain Epic is free to all SBTS members as our way of saying thanks for their support. We average approximately 50-70 members at this event.

Trail Daze (One day)
SBTS hosts monthly Trail Daze volunteer workdays to ensure our Lost Sierra trails are holding-up and in tip-top condition. These trails see over 200,000 visitors per year and maintain a level ‘A’ standing thanks to our volunteers. Our SBTS Pro Trail Crew works directly with our volunteers, teaching them trail maintenance skills and making sure everyone has fun.

If you or your organization or company are interested in adopting a trail event, take a look at the Adopt-a-Trail Programs Menu  and contact Marty Scheel at

Add to this that the Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship have added new sections of trail in the high country and replaced or retreaded the trail in others and it’s a recipe for some big grins.
–, Vancouver BC, September 2015

Trails That Fit Your Demographic

We have regions of trails that are highly popular with specific recreation segments. Choose a trail to best support your demographic and let them know you are supporting the trails they love.

If you are interested in adopting a trail, check out our Adopt-a-Trail Programs Menu  and contact Marty Scheel at