There are a couple things you'll notice on first meeting Christina: her huge eyes, her bright-as-a-lighthouse smile, and her infectious laugher. Talk with her for a few more minutes, and you'll likely a) want to be her best friend, and b) have been invited in to an experience she's created to bring people together.Read More
This past weekend, eight intrepid women (including two first-timers!) came together and camped in the pouring rain in Big Sur. Did El Nino get us down? Absolutely not! Hikes were conquered, fires were built, edible plants were consumed, and not once did we stop laughing.Read More
I met Cynthia - better known as Cindy - on Trail Mavens' annual Labor Day trip to Yosemite. On Sunday, the day of our epic 15-miler from our campsite to Nevada Falls to Glacier Point, I was lucky enough to find myself next to her for a good chunk of the day, and we discussed our professional lives, motherhood and family, and everything in between.Read More
Five miles into a hike on Yosemite’s Mist Trail, I stopped and panted, wondering whether I should (or could) continue for the rest of the planned twelve miles. I tried to fend off disappointment in myself as I pondered, recalling a similar crossroads I encountered twelve years prior during my first ever backpacking trip.Read More
If you've ever been on a Trail Mavens backpacking trip, you know we generally eschew freeze-dried foods in favor of slightly heavier (but WAY more delicious) 'real' food - think actual vegetables and stuff you'd eat at home in your kitchen - and you've probably tried our nutty veggie couscous.Read More
SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) --
Camping reservations at California state parks are up more than 20 percent over the past five years, with an increase in year-round camping as well. The majority of campers are men, but a growing number of women are also ready to take on the wild and San Francisco's Sasha Cox is ready to help with an organization called Trail Mavens.
Cox said there are three main barriers that stop many would-be female campers. They don't have proper gear, they don't have friends who want to camp and they don't have the necessary skills or at least they think they don't.
In my last blog post all about the touchy-feely of my three-day solo backpacking adventure, I alluded to sharing the nitty gritty of my trip. Here's how I prepped for a solo jaunt in Desolation Wilderness!Read More
A little over two weeks ago, I posted the following pic and text on Instagram:
"Yo guys. I'm standing at my trailhead, about to start a three day solo backpacking trip. Turns out, running a business is hard - yes, I'm aware this is a news flash only for me - and I've been craving some srs headspace to figure out what's next. Ironically, this is my first trip alone; usually I've got a posse of awesome ladies or @amatthiah with me. I'm excited to meditate by Lake Aloha, read the sh*t out of all the Brene Brown books on my Kindle, and hopefully reemerge Wednesday with a little more clarity. Special bonus: I get to break in my new 65L Aura pack (thank you @ospreypacks). Four hours of daylight left. Here I go! 👋🏼"Read More
A few weeks ago, we got back from a late-summer adventure in Big Sur with nine amazing women: authors, lawyers, nurses, techies, and entrepreneurs. It was *hot* out, and we spent most of our time hiking with insane ocean views.Read More
I'm beyond excited to publish our second Maven profile today on the blog, mostly because the woman it's about - Jennel McDonald - was an incredible inspiration to me and the other women on our adventure.
It might have been Jennel's first time backpacking, and we covered some very legit terrain, but her enthusiasm and easy laugh were a constant, and it just made her so darn fun to be around.
Why hike the JMT?
When asked why climb Everest in the 1920s, George Mallory famously said, “Because it’s there.” Implied: to be conquered. A classic expression of man against the mountains machismo if ever there was one. The thing is, for me, it’s not because they are there, it’s because WE are there. Or rather, here, on Earth. We spend so much of our lives trying to effect change (in ourselves, others, and our physical surroundings) that I like being reminded of how small we are, one tiny part of a grander landscape. To tread lightly, for once, and leave no trace.Read More
A couple weeks ago, brainstorming with the Trail Mavens board, we struck on a brilliant idea: to profile Trail Mavens alumnae who we feel are amazing, badass, and deeply emblematic of our culture and values. It's only fitting that we kick things off with Michelle, who joined us in early June for her first-ever backpacking trip.Read More
When most people hear 'California wine country,' they think Napa or Sonoma. Those two are nice and all, but we'll take the Anderson Valley's wine growing region anytime: it's unpretentious, grows some of the greatest white wine and Pinot Noir in America, and sits nestled among towering redwood trees, only 15 miles away from Mendocino's rugged coastline. In short, it's our favorite place in California.Read More
Booking campsites in Northern California is a little like finding a brand-new pair of hiking boots in your size at REI's monthly garage sale: three parts timing, one part luck. We can't help with the luck part, other than encouraging you to send lots of good karma out into the world and follow Leave No Trace principles, but we can help with the timing. Here's how to land campsites at some of Northern California's most sought-after campsites: Angel Island, Steep Ravine, Julia Pfeiffer Burns, Yosemite, Kirby Cove, and Wildcat Camp in Point Reyes.Read More
We're delighted to feature a guest post today from our lady pal Alyx Schwarz!
I never hit the trail without my favorite accessory: The Handkerchief. While it may look like a simple square of fabric, don’t be fooled. The handkerchief is an advanced tool for the Macguyvers of the wilderness.Read More
Anyone lucky enough to live in the Bay Area can't truly say they know the area until they've been to Angel Island. Situated what feels like a stone's throw from downtown Tiburon, the island features ideally-situated picnic areas, paved roads for cycling and trails for running and hiking, and views for days. Case in point:Read More
Groove is in the heart.
Now presenting our latest trip highlight reel, featuring January's epic snowshoeing adventure in the Sierras! It could be the best one yet.Read More
Cold weather doesn't keep Trail Mavens indoors, no ma'am. That's why we were so excited to reserve seven spots at the Bradley Hut, one of the four Sierra Club backcountry ski huts dotted around Lake Tahoe's ski area. Nestled between Alpine Meadows and Squaw Valley, the Bradley Hut sleeps fifteen, and provides an ideal jumping-off point to explore the bowls, ridges, and peaks of the Sierras above the lake, all while having a warm room and a wood-burning stove to return to at the end of the day.Read More
2014 was a great year. We went on our first trip, to the Pantoll Campground on Mount Tam, and experienced firsthand the microclimate that a eucalyptus tree over your tent can create. We spent a long late spring afternoon by a swimming hole in Henry Coe State Park, alternately dipping and lounging on the rocks. We tasted wine and explored sea caves in Mendocino. We were awed by the bioluminescence in Tomales Bay.Read More
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