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.

snowshoe & snow camp in the sierraS


trip dates:

february 16 - 18

adventure type:

backpacking & Snowshoeing

activity rating:



Trip Highlights

Explore the quiet WINTER WONDERLAND of the Sierras during the day; drink COCOA and WINE in our cozy private cabin by night.

A FRESH-SQUEEZED CONFIDENCE BOOST to let you channel you inner honey badger when it comes to other people's agendas, because this trip is for you.

Put on your big-girl pants and CHALLENGE YOURSELF to something you've never done before, whether that's snow camping or map reading.

HANDS-ON TRAINING so you can show off your skills next time you light a Whisperlite (we'll make sure you look like you've been doing it since you were a kid).

THE MAVEN FACTOR, a.k.a what happens when you mix dynamic, thoughtful, open-hearted women for a weekend outside.

ZERO STRESS around literally any planning. We handle everything from permits to bug spray, so all you have to do is soak it in.

Our cabin for the weekend, before the first big snowfall!

Itinerary Summary


  • 8am meetup / gear distribution / backpack packing session in SF

  • Caravan to our destination on the edge of Tahoe National Forest, with a pit stop for lunch on the road

  • Snowshoe ~1 mile with our packs on to our private cabin for the weekend

  • Set up tents (that's right - we've got an indoor space to cook and hang out in, but we're snow camping because you're hardcore)

  • Get hands-on experience with stoves while helping to whip up a tasty dinner

  • Kick back with a glass of wine or cocoa indoors before bundling down in your tent for the night


  • Big, healthy breakfast & coffeecoffeecoffee to fuel ourselves for the day

  • Ditch our big packs at camp, and explore the nearby Pioneer Trail on a six mile out-and-back hike

  • Picnic lunch on-trail

  • Return to our cabin for conversation, relaxation, and a hot second to reflect and give yourself a high five for your accomplishments

  • Practice building fires in snowy conditions

  • Massive dinner with chocolate and wine


  • Last-minute snow angels and sledding

  • Leisurely breakfast and camp breakdown

  • Closing ceremonies, Cookieface, and return to San Francisco*

*Exact return timing pending traffic and hiking speeds, but anticipate an afternoon arrival, giving you enough time to do a load of laundry and cook dinner before you kick off your week.

Guides reserve the option to modify trip itineraries as necessary due to weather, illness, injury or other unforeseen incidents.



Every single Trail Mavens trip starts with strangers. But don't worry - if you're nervous about not knowing anyone or not being skilled enough, everyone says this before they go.

To feel more confident before signing on, check out our FAQs.

+ Packing List

  • Sleeping bag rated at 20° or colder
  • Sleeping pad with r-value >5 (or a compact inflatable pad + foam pad to go beneath)
  • Headlamp with fresh batteries and/or spares
  • 65L backpack (or larger) with rain cover
  • Sleeping bag liner (if borrowing Trail Mavens sleeping bag); we recommend thick, fleecy liners for this trip
  • Backpacking bowl, mug, and utensil (a Tupperware bowl, heat-proof cup or mug, and any fork/spoon/spork set is just fine!)
  • Personal clothing (see below)
  • Collapsible day pack to carry while snowshoeing on Sunday
  • Water bottles and/or hydration bladder with a minimum 2L capacity (we recommend a bladder for hiking during the day, and a Nalgene for drinking at camp and using as a hot water bottle at night)
  • Sunscreen/sunglasses/lip balm
  • Waterproof boots (snow boots or high-ankle waterproof hiking boots)
  • 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
  • Feminine hygiene products as needed
  • Toothbrush/mini toothpaste/floss
  • Personal medications
  • Glasses/contacts with solution
  • A pen
  • Field Notes notebook (Trail Mavens alumnae only)
  • Optional but recommended: lightweight backpacking pillow, earplugs, camera, gaiters if your snow pants don't have them built in

Bolded items provided for any women who does not have her own.

+ bathrooms and hygiene

Our cabin features a nearby pit toilet. If the snowpack is light, we'll carry in our own water to cook, drink, and clean with. Otherwise, we'll boil and purfify snow!

No need to change your plans because of your period. Period. For more detailed info on managing your time of the month in the outdoors, we recommend these posts by Snowqueen and Scout and REI.

+ transportation

You're responsible for your own transportation to and from Trail Mavens locations, but we help coordinate carpools for ladies leaving from the Bay Area. If you own a car and are willing to drive other ladies, they'll contribute to cover gas, tolls, and wear & tear. If you grab a ride with another Maven, plan to Venmo or Paypal your driver. If no trip participants/insufficient trip participants own cars, we'll share contact information so you can band together and split a rental.

Want more details on how carpools work? Check out our Transportation FAQ.


Plan to book flight arriving in the Bay Area no later than Friday evening and departing no earlier than 10pm Monday night, or Tuesday morning.




... love open, honest, hilarious conversations with other women. Surface stuff is fine at home, but you know the best stuff comes out around the campfire.

... haven't learned how to start the fire, work the stove, or purify water. Get hands-on practice here, with other adventurous women (so you don't have to trial-and-error on your own).

... thrive on being pushed - tenderly and lovingly - outside your comfort zone, because you know that's where the magic happens.

... learn by doing, and feel empowered when given the chance to make suggestions and decisions.

... feel creative, inspired, and happy when you're outside (and you could definitely use a little more of that right now).


... think getting a little sweaty, dirty, and marshmallow-y sounds gross.

... want everything—dishes, decisions, and dinner—to be done for you.

... don't want to experience the outdoors with a group of rad, like-minded women.


your investment: $415 [$395 before December 16]

trip fee includes...

... a tiny, gorgeous little cabin to hang out and cook in

... snowshoe rental

... all the gear you need, just in case you don't have any; just bring your clothes and a toothbrush

... delicious meals from Saturday night to Monday morning, trail snacks, chocolate galore, and wine & whiskey to sip in the moonlight

... guided, hands-on outdoor skills instruction and facilitation from a WFR certified guide, plus access to the collective brilliance of your group


We don't want finances ever to be the thing that gets in the way of your coming on a Trail Mavens trip, so we offer installment plans. To learn more, email and we'll get you set up.

Please review our cancellation policy before registering.

Additional questions? Email