Hi! I’m Katie. I’m a city-livin’ adventure-driven hiker, backpacker, and camper.

I’ve been known to get a bit too excited when talking backpacking gear, I prefer campfire banana boats over s’mores, and I’d live in my tent every weekend if I didn’t fear that my partner would totally disown me.

My trail addiction began in 2009 as I was preparing to hike the Inca Trail. That year I bought a bunch of hiking books, dog-eared all of the strenuous hikes, and set-up a weekly training schedule. Hiking the Inca Trail was absolutely amazing, but the weekly training hikes with my group of girlfriends were life-changing. We celebrated the summits, encouraged each other on the difficult climbs, and through it all became much better friends. Since then, most of my favorite memories have taken place around a campfire or on the trail.

I started Trees and Tents as a way to track my hikes in hopes of eventually creating an easily searchable database of walks, hikes, and outdoor adventures. But, it has turned into a passion to help more women confidently and competently explore the backcountry.

I’ve since hiked the High Sierra Trail, Three Sisters Loop, Skyline to the Sea, the Lost Coast, Trans-Catalina Trail, Grand Canyon Rim to Rim, and part of the John Muir Trail. In 2019 I became a certified California Naturalist to help support nature access and education for all.

If you want daily inspiration you can follow my Instagram. Or, follow my Facebook page for tips and content to help you plan your own amazing outdoor adventure.