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Hi, I’m Chris, aka TrailChick! I’ve called the gorgeous Pacific Northwest my home for over 20 years. My nerdy obsession with wilderness maps and route planning led friends to jokingly call me a walking encyclopedia of trails, hence my silly nickname.

On the John Muir Trail near Island Pass, a truly amazing place!
On the John Muir Trail near Island Pass, a truly amazing place!

I’ve long been drawn to places rich with history, wildlife, and solitude. For me, the solo exploration of the wild outdoors is magically grounding and empowering. I love sharing photos and stories from my adventures and hope they inspire others to take a path less traveled. Despite being diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis in 2011, I’m determined to keep skiing, hiking, backpacking, biking, running, and paddling my way across Washington State’s backcountry.

I currently reside in the beautiful mountain town of Twisp, Washington at the foothills of the North Cascades. My latest adventure is living full time, mostly off-grid, in a tiny 19′ Airstream while I build a small sustainable home.

Visiting all of Washington’s 93 remaining fire lookouts.

On July 1, 2019 I completed a several year project to visit all 93 remaining Washington State Fire Lookouts, becoming only the 3rd person and 1st woman to do so. This journey took me to every corner of the state and I logged 600 miles of hiking and biking, 138k of elevation gain, 40 miles of paddling, and over 18k miles of driving. I was able to visit 70 lookouts solo and saw 15 bears, 3 skunks, 2 moose, 1 mountain lion, and a 1 pine marten in some of these very remote areas. The best part of the journey was meeting incredible people along the way with fantastic stories about these historical structures. I’ll be continuing to share photos and stories from this awesome adventure on my blog!

Giving back to the wild.

I believe that more than ever, all of us must do our part to protect the wild spaces and wildlife we love. I give back by volunteering with Conservation Northwest’s Citizen Wildlife Monitoring Project where I’ve taken part in wildlife tracking and camera trapping. These activities are crucial to maintaining and restoring critical wildlife habitat and have resulted in the construction of highway overpasses and underpasses that create safe wildlife passages.

Constructing a wolverine run pole and remote camera station in the North Cascades with a team of volunteers from Conservation NW. Amazingly fun and rewarding work!

I’ll be continuing to explore all the miles and miles of backcountry and wilderness right here in my own beautiful backyard and you can usually find me deep in the Pasayten Wilderness or the Chelan-Sawtooth, two of my very favorite wilderness areas.

Contact me if you’d like to chat, I love hearing from readers! I’m also available for guest blogging and freelance writing. Follow my stories on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Explore, dream big, and give back to this beautiful planet! Thanks for reading and happy trails!

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