5 Legendary Female Hikers

Before social media, hikers knew of each other either by word of mouth or register notebooks along the way. You can’t follow Bink on Instagram for example, but he’s one of the most legendary long distance hikers of all time.

Here are five female hiking legends who are not prevalent on social media:



Apple Pie started long distance hiking in 2002 and has 15,000 miles under her feet! Check her out!  http://www.trailjournals.com/ApplePieCDT/


source: http://www.milesforbreakfast.com

Kristin is best known for becoming the first woman to traverse Alaska’s Arctic Brooks Range solo.  She was also the first person to hike the completed 800 mile Arizona Trail and was one of the youngest woman to have hiked the 7,000+ mile Triple Crown.  Kristin is currently writing a book and preparing for her next expedition –http://www.milesforbreakfast.com/


“That is the best feeling to me—no where to go and nothing to do.”

Crow has hiked more miles of the Pacific Crest Trail than any other woman, as far as I know. Besides me, the legendary Billy Goat might be her biggest fan! Here is the link to her exceptional blog: asthecrowflies.org 



Mother Goose started long distance hiking in 1988 and has walked over 28,000 miles! Legendary! Here is the link to her blog: http://postholer.com/mothergoose


Freebird and Wyoming in the Grand Canyon, both hiking legends!

The first woman to solo thru-hike the Hayduke Trail, one of the hardest hiking routes in the world! This year I heard she solo-ed the Idaho Centennial Trail, another tough route. As far as I know she doesn’t have a blog, but you can catch a glimpse of her on Wired’s Blog!

8 thoughts on “5 Legendary Female Hikers

  1. This is great! Some of the backpackers I’ve met who do NOT blog or have any social media have been way more accomplished and amazing than some hiking celebrities. I worry that what is portrayed on social media isn’t representative of the hiking reality. It sort of skews the picture. We need more role models like these fine ladies!

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  2. Pioneer Women hikers almost no one has heard of: Little Mountain & Bear, who were the first ‘non-famous’ people to hike with trailnames (1972 GA->ME) and, let’s never forget Peace Pilgrim and Dorothy Laker.


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