About Tree

I started long distance hiking in 2006 when I was stuck in an unhappy career and relationship and I had a pile of debt. I sold anything of value I had, paid off my debt, and put money into savings for the first time! I quit my career and hiked from Mexico to Canada along the Pacific Crest Trail.

Since 2006, I have hiked long distances every summer. I have hiked all or parts of: The Continental Divide Trail, the Tahoe Rim Trail, the John Muir Trail, the Arizona Trail, the Colorado Trail, the California Coastal Trail, the Bigfoot Trail, the Grand Enchantment Trail, the Hayduke Trail, the Continental Divide Trail, and the Northern New Mexico Loop.

In 2010, I added a second hiking partner into my life. A Border Collie named Sage. He loves long distance hiking, but I quickly realized there was a lot of responsibility in hiking with him. I started writing down what I learned and this blog was born.

Right now, I am either hiking or planning a hike. I hope you like my blog.



13 thoughts on “About Tree”

  1. Tree, enjoy your blog and anyone who hikes with a border collie has gotta be amazing. I live on the Olympic Peninsula and hike with a border collie named Nell.

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  2. judifinneran said:

    We are section hiking the California Coastal Trail right now and was excited to see you had done it.


  3. Hi Tree,
    We would love to talk to you about your experiences. Please email us at dogstermag@i5publishing.com.


  4. Loove you blog, it’s been so helpful for a fellow dog lady! I had planned on doing the Colorado trail for a month starting June 1, but record snow falls may possibly derail my plans. Any suggestions for dog friendly trails in the west half of the US?


    • Hildy, I’m sorry I didn’t respond sooner. I have been on a long distance hike across Utah for 2 month–sans pooch :,(

      Yeah, that is my problem too. I’ll be home in the next couple of weeks and want to go out with the dog, but the only clear trails are in the south and those won’t work for my dog.

      I honestly can’t think of anything except maybe northern New Mexico. :/

      Did you come up with something?


  5. Hi Tree,

    Just a quick note here to let you know that I featured you in a recent article named:
    Top 25 Women Hiking Blogs You Must Follow In 2017.

    Here’s a link to the article:

    I’ve also made a special badge for you here:

    Feel free to download and use it anywhere you wish!

    Once again, I hope your inclusion in the list drives some new readers to your blog and I look forward to staying connected!


    20 Seconds of Joy


    • Thanks Emily, that’s very flattering!

      I’ve been hiking for a couple months and I will be out another month, but I have new content on my mind for when I get back. Happy trails,



  6. Great site you’ve got here. Very interesting and informative.
    Maybe I’ll see you guys when I stop in Bend in August if you’re not out hiking.

    Papa Joe


  7. Matt Pool said:

    Hi Tree! I just found your site. I hiked with you, Justa, and Never a blister for a little while before Seiad Valley a few years ago. I gave you some dog food to send home. How are you? I am going hiking on the PCT for about 30 days in the next week with my dog Waylon. I was going to try either do half of Oregon and half of Washington or just Washington. I was wondering if you had any suggestions. Are there any areas that have to avoid in Washington with my dog? Do have any food suggestions for Waylon? Hope you are well! I would love to hear from you. Matt


    • Hey Matt—I can’t find my first response to you. Yes, we remember!

      Washington is good to go as long as you stay at n the PCT corridor (ie, no side trails). OR too, except you’ll miss the best part of crater lake.

      Food: Double his calories and nutrition by buying a high quality food like Orijen. Its also lighter that way (more nutrition and calories per cup). I have a post on here about nutrition.

      Feel free to email me too! Melissaaspencer at hot mail.


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