Trail Mavens


Skill-based camping and backpacking trips for groups of extraordinary women. Ready to build fires, read maps, pitch tents, hike, laugh, and drink wine around the campfire? Join one of our weekend adventures.

Trail Mavens Guide | Big Sur: Andrew Molera, Pfeiffer Big Sur, and Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Parks

We spent this past weekend in Big Sur scouting for our upcoming adventure there in December, and it was one of those weekends that makes you overjoyed to be a Californian: warm, breezy afternoons, crisp starry nights, and a glorious mix of turquoise ocean, dramatic cliffs, and towering trees. We're so pumped to head back in just a month with a passel of amazing ladies.

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Trail Mavens Guide | Backpacking Sky Camp, Point Reyes

This past weekend, a group of five Trail Mavens backpacked to Point Reyes' Sky Camp (check out the full trip details here). Sky Camp is overlooked among Point Reyes' backcountry campsites - you can tell because there are often Sky Camp sites remaining on well after all the Wildcat and Coast campsites have been booked - but all the better for the rest of us who are in the know.

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Trip Recap: Skyline to the Sea

Skyline to the Sea is one of those trips that tops every Bay Area backpacker's must-hike list. The vistas on day one plus the huge redwoods on day two plus the gorgeous creekside trail on day three add up to an amazing adventure.

At 34+ miles over three days, Skyline to the Sea is also the most physically ambitious...

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The Somewhere Project Features Trail Mavens

My exceptionally cool friend and Trail Mavens trip leader Jenny Gottstein recommended TM to an exceptionally cool guy, Ian Hunter Elliott - I like saying his full name - who runs an exceptionally cool website called The Somewhere Project. Devoted to "helping incredible people and projects progress," TSP features "stories and projects of people from across the country, and asking how we, the TSP community, can help them take meaningful steps towards their Somewhere. Great ideas come with a heavy burden; they need support." 

In a word: awesome. In three words: such an honor! Want to read all the crazy stories I shared about how Trail Mavens came to be? Click below.

Trip Recap: Yosemite

Yosemite is hard to get off the brain, which is perhaps why I've put off posting Field Notes from our Labor Day adventure there. Something about Yosemite makes you want to linger, to savor the feeling of being exhilarated, proud, exhausted, and satisfied all at once. 

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Field Notes: Hendy Woods

We took a lot of notes on our last Trail Mavens trip to Hendy Woods. Put together the brains of eight smart, opinionated women, and you'll wind up with stories, recommendations, and ideas for days. Here are a fraction of our takeaways from the trip, distilled.

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