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.Read More
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 recreation.gov 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.Read More
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...Read More
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.
We just got back from our Food Lovers adventure in Butano State Park, and it. Was. Magical. First things first: a clarification on pronunciation. Though I've said 'Boo-TAH-no' for years, it is, in fact, 'BYOO-tuh-no.'Read More
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.Read More
Yosemite National Park is the first place I camped as a grownup (if you can really call a 21-year-old 'grown up,' anyway) so it's always held a notable place in my heart. Whenever I'm there, I feel all:Read More
We admit, we've been slinging the term 'Banana Pockets of Love' around pretty loosely, and even threw in a #bananapocketsoflove on an Instagram last week. It's high time we get down to brass tacks and make sure everyone out there knows how to create the magic of a Banana Pocket of Love on their own - it's too good not to share.Read More
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.Read More