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.

Camping in Yosemite

The Mavens

The Music Video

The Pictures

(All images courtesy of Abby Stewart and Maia Barrow)

The Highlights

  • Crushing a 14 miler with 4000 feet of elevation gain
  • Stopping to dip in the pools and streams along the way
  • Perfecting our jump shots at scenically epic Olmsted Point
  • Gaping at the Grizzly Tree, the 25th largest Giant Sequoia in the world, with a volume of 34,000 cubic feet and a 25 foot diameter
  • Burritos and marshmallows; nothing tastes as good as after an all-day hike
  • Relaxing with beers and wine, and conversations about everything from women's health to couples pooping etiquette to fantastic books

A Taste of the Takeaways

To Visit: The Integratron (yes, that's a real thing in Joshua Tree); the Esalen Institute in Big Sur for late-night cliffside spa action

To Read: The Orphan Master's SonThe Sleepwalker's Guide to DancingHakawatiThe Signature of All Things

To Read Online (Trail Mavens' blogs): Tinna's blog (superduperfantastic), Abby's blog (ageektragedy)

Other People's Blogs: A Life Less BullshitZen Habits, Stratejoy

To Keep All Those Blogs in Check: Bloglovin'

To Watch: Boyhood, Obvious Child, Half the Sky (intense but awesome documentary on genital mutilation)

To Eat: Guddu de Karahi (worth the wait!), Maven, Limetree Southeast Asian Kitchen (for the roti canai), San Tung Chinese Restaurant (for the dry-fried chicken wings and green beans)