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.

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trip details

Wahoo! We're so pumped you're registered for this camping adventure to America's first - and greatest - national park. You'll find most of the info you need to prepare for your trip on this page. We'll email you the week before the trip with final details about our meeting spot, carpools, and bios from the other rad ladies who'll be joining you.

our campsite

We'll be car camping in Yosemite National Park's designated campsites. We'll pull our cars directly into our spots, meaning you'll only have to carry your belongings around thirty feet (from your car to your tent). Yosemite campgrounds feature potable water spigots, and bathrooms with flush toilets and running water.


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Snacks/dinner on Day 1, breakfast/lunch/dinner on Day 2, and breakfast/lunch on Day 3 will be provided.

We’ll eat tasty hot meals for breakfast and dinner, and this will also be your opportunity to get hands-on practice using a variety of camping stoves. The group will share in cooking and cleanup responsibilities, and you'll be on meal duty and dish duty at least once.

For on-trail lunches lunch, we'll have picnic-style food that's easy to pack and carry (think PB&Js,  apples, bars, nuts, dried fruit, and jerky for meat eaters) but if you’ve got any favorite trail treats, feel free to bring them.

Packing List

Each Trail Maven should plan on bringing:


  • Lightweight shoes/sandals for hanging out at our campsite that can be worn with socks (like Crocs/Tevas/Chacos rather than flip-flops)

  • Health insurance card & ID

  • Tampons/pads as needed

  • Toothbrush/toothpaste/toiletries

  • Personal medications

  • Glasses/contacts with solution

  • A pen

  • Field Notes notebook (Trail Mavens alumnae only)

  • Optional: hiking poles (esp. if you have knee issues), small pillow, earplugs, camera, bandana or Buff to keep sun off your neck, small bottle hand sanitizer

  • Sleeping bag rated at 30° or colder

  • Sleeping pad

  • Headlamp with fresh batteries/spares

  • Sleeping bag liner (if borrowing Trail Mavens sleeping bag)

  • Personal clothing (see below)

  • Packable towel

  • Day pack to carry while hiking

  • Sturdy, broken-in hiking/walking shoes

  • Water bottles and/or hydration bladder with a minimum 2L capacity

  • Sunscreen/sun hat/sunglasses

Items in bold will be provided for those women who indicated they needed them during registration. 

SHARED ITEMS, PROVIDED BY TRAIL MAVENS: Tents, lanterns, food and wine, stoves, fuel, cookware, camp chairs, utensils, firewood and basic First Aid. 


This trip is a great opportunity to practice your minimalist packing skills! We recommend the following:

  • One pair shorts/capris for hiking during the day

  • One pair long pants for warmth at night (we love fleece pants)

  • Two tanks/short-sleeved shirts (one to hike in, one for sleeping)

  • One lightweight long-sleeved shirt for warmth in the evening

  • Fleece or down jacket for warmth

  • Waterproof outerwear for warmth/in case of rain

  • Two pairs socks (one pair on your feet, one pair in your bag)

  • Two pairs underwear

  • Bathing suit

  • Warm hat/lightweight gloves

Please use your own judgement when packing: if you’re always cold, pack heavier extra layers (i.e. leggings to go under pants). Keep an eye on the weather forecast linked below!

Weather & Conditional Packing

Click here for the Yosemite weather forecast as we approach our trip! Because we'll be at elevation, the weather is likely to be warm during the day, and quite chilly at night, and will likely vary depending where we are in the park (Tuolumne Meadows, for example, is considerably higher/colder than the Valley Floor). Check the trip page for your specific trip dates to see which campground you'll be staying in. If you're unsure, just ask!

Since everybody is different, it’s up to YOU to check out the weather forecast and judge your personal comfort levels, and plan accordingly! Please use your own judgement when packing: if you’re always cold, pack heavier extra layers (i.e., leggings to go under pants).


Except in the most extreme cases, we run trips rain or shine! If rain or snow is in the forecast, here's what you should be bringing in addition to the items in the packing list above:

  • Waterproof rain jacket (you should bring this on every trip regardless of forecast)

  • Waterproof rain pants

  • Waterproof hiking boots (tennis shoes or trail runners should NOT be worn on rainy trips)

  • Three pairs of wool socks (one pair on your feet, one pair that's dry and ready to change into, and one pair that might be drying off from an earlier hike)

  • Rain cover for your backpack, if you have one (we'll provide trash bags for anyone who doesn't have a cover, but the real deal is always best)

  • As much wool, synthetic fleece, or down layers as possible, and as little cotton as possible (cotton won't keep you dry or warm enough in rainy weather)

Leave No Trace

Trail Mavens is committed to following and teaching Leave No Trace principles. To get you started, watch this video on LNT Outdoor Ethics from the National Parks Service. We'll cover this material again on our trip!


Trail Mavens often enjoy wine or whiskey together around the campfire in the evenings. Participation in drinking is welcome but of course not mandatory. We ask that Trail Mavens leave recreational drugs at home. If you’re a smoker, please be respectful and partake in a manner that doesn’t bother other group members, and adheres to Leave No Trace principles.


This is an internet-free weekend (plus, we won’t have cell service)! If you’d like to share your pics on social media, go for it, but only after we get back home. Then, feel free to go crazy tagging @trailmavens on Instagram or Twitter.

Gear Care

Trail Mavens provides its adventurers with $800-1000 of fantastic camping gear. Read on for a couple tips on how to keep gear in fantastic condition:

Your tent is your home for the weekend, so you want to keep it clean and tidy! Keep the door zipped shut unless you’re getting in or out to avoid six- or eight-legged visitors. Consume only water inside your tent to keep it scent-free, and store everything smelly, including toiletries, in the bear bins. We have spotted bears in this campsite on previous trips! 

High-end tent fabric is very delicate; keep shoes and anything else dirty or sharp outside.

Set up your sleeping bag inside your tent to keep both your bag and your tent clean.

Our pads are inflatable, meaning they’re a) quite comfortable and b) can pop if they meet a sharp rock. Be sure to unpack, inflate, deflate, and pack your pad inside your tent, away from anything sharp. This will ensure a comfortable night of sleep for you, and a clean tent.

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