Trailblazer - Laura Castro
Laura CastroHike it Baby Dayton Ohio Co- Branch Ambassador, Hike it Baby National Volunteer for photography, 10k Women's Project Trailblazer
Lauta Castro here and I am from Dayton, Ohio. Over the past year I have hiked tons of hikes around the Miami Valley and Ohio. My mission in life is to take beautiful images and show my family that nature is a magical thing and can be enjoyed anytime and anywhere . With this next year I hope to convince tons of women to get on trail with me and to hike many different trails in my area and beyond. One of my favorite things to do is get out in nature with my children. Being with others only makes it better. I really enjoy watching my children explore and truly take in nature. From bugs to seeing the flowers bloom, I love watching their curious little minds lean something new, intereating, fun. Favorite Trail I have found that my area offers so many different trails. Weather you bike, hike, stroll, or play outside with your kids, your favorite trail will be the one your all enjoying at the moment.
Favorite TrailBill Yeck in Dayton Ohio
Trailblazer - Valerie Finch
Hello, I’m Valérie from Puyallup Washington. Almost 4 years ago I began hiking around my city. Within 3 months I was hiking in more then 10 of my surrounding cities and getting to meet tons of new mom friends. Fast forward to summer 2017 and I got to attend Family forest fest in Oregon where I got to volunteer and meet some amazing women who inspired me in many ways to start a new journey to become a better,healthier and more happy women. I now go walking, hiking and exploring at least 5 days a week and love being outdoors! I love spending time with my 3 kiddos in nature. I can’t wait to get out on the trails and meet even more new women and make some life long memories.
Trailblazer - Katie Burgoyne
Hi I'm Katie, I live in Pine, CO with my husband, identical twin boys, dog Sadie, 2 alpacas and a bunch of chickens. Raising kids to love the outdoors is such a huge goal for me. Being outside is my happy place, it recharges my soul, I want our boys to have the same feeling. Hike it baby has been so huge in bringing things into our lives. We love to get out and meet new people, find new trails and see new views. I'm so excited about the 10k women trail project, so many new people to meet and new trails to see. My goal is to help others find a love for the trails that I have ??
Favorite TrailMcCurdy Gulch Trail in Bailey, CO. Its always empty and the views are beautiful
Trailblazer - Ashley Scheider
I grew up in Milton and Federal Way WA, and currently reside in Milton. I am a mama to two WILD toddlers and a photographer for Hike it Baby, as well as my own business. I grew up hiking around Mt Rainier national park and beaching it in Olympic National Park with my family. I am a wanderlust, a light seeker and work extremely hard at my photography every single day. I love to try new things and differentiate myself from everyone else's art. The last few years I've hiked around Oregon and Washington but plan to hopefully make it across the country in the next year. My goal is to get as many of my friends, especially my mom friends, out on the trail. I love cooking, drinking coffee and avoiding normal adulting tasks by going hiking. I love exploring new trails, especially in the Snoqualmie Pass area. We are outside every single day, even if it's just to the local nature parks. I am most excited about sharing my favorite trails with new-found friends and it'll be an honor to capture and share with them that feeling of pride, exhaustion and excitement as we ascend and look out over the clouds together.
Favorite TrailThe Naches Peak Loop
Provo Canyon, Utah
Trailblazer - Susan Strayer
Hi! I'm Mountain Mom, blogger-in-chief at MountainMomandTots.com. I love hiking, biking, skiing and camping with my husband and three young kids in the mountains near our home in Sundance, Utah. MountainMomandTots.com is all about helping families explore outdoors. Join me for my FREE monthly outdoor challenges!
Favorite TrailStewart Falls - This 2.2 mile round trip hike winds through pine and aspen forest to a 200 foot waterfall. It's gorgeous and the trailhead is right by my house. http://www.mountainmomandtots.com/2014/06/waterfall-week-hike-to-stewart-falls.html
Trailblazer - Ashley Davis
Hi all from Central New Jersey! Since my daughters have been born, we have hiked all over Jersey and the tri-state area! My mission in life is to show my daughters and all girls that they are capable and strong enough to do whatever they want in life and to not let anything or anyone stop them from achieving their dreams! This next year I hope to motivate and inspire as many women and girls as possible to get out there and hike! Because we women are more than capable! My favorite trails are steep mountain trails because they challenge me and prove that I can do whatever I set my mind to.
Favorite TrailCheesequake State Park Green Trail
Trailblazer - Alex Merritt
Alex MerrittBranch Ambassador for HiB Columbus, GA | HiB Calendar Team Volunteer
Wife, mama, RDH and non-profit program manager, HiB BA and National Volunteer, plant-based, kinda crunchy, outdoor lover. I like to stay active and connect with friends, old and new, on trail. Over the past couple years I have been incredibly blessed and inspired by the Hike it Baby community both locally and globally. This new initiative is so exciting and I can't wait to get out on trail with all of you amazing, strong women! Happy hiking!
Favorite TrailHigh Shoals Falls Trail in the Chattahoochee National Forest near Helen, Georgia
Trailblazer - Katherine Takata
Katherine here and originally from Alaska, I now live in a log cabin in the woods located in Sandy, Oregon. Since having my twins I have been outside almost every day and seen so many more places than I ever have. I strongly believe that joining Hike it Baby, getting out on hikes as soon as possible and meeting other new moms has helped me overcome postpartum depression. I have also made SO many new and fabulous friends! The twins inspire me to be outside as much as possible, see as much as possible and invite everyone to join! My mission in life is to get the twins to see the world, to realize what a beautiful place we live in and to just get dirty! We like to check out new trails we've never been to, take road trips and mix it up with all sorts of types of trails. I hope to take the twins to a new National Park every year. Over the last two years I've been able to get countless women (and their new babies) outside and it is such a rewarding feeling when they thank me for inspiring them to get outdoors.
Favorite TrailFavorite trail is Punchbowl Falls in the Gorge but it is out of commission due to the recent fire. I'm on a mission to find us a new favorite hike, there are so many in the beautiful Pacific Northwest!
Fort Collins, Colorado
Trailblazer - Taylor Hartman
Hi everyone, I am Taylor! I am currently living in Fort Collins, CO with my family. I have a 4.5 year old son who loves the outdoors and we are having a little girl this December, 2017. I am so excited to get her outside and teach her our love for nature. I am an avid outdoors enthusiast and regularly get outside and hike with or without my family. I believe self-care is super important, and getting outdoors without the kids is just as important as getting outside with them! One of our favorite close-to-home places to hike is Rocky Mountain National Park. There are so many hikes within the park that are just breath taking. I can't imagine getting through our crazy weeks without some time on the trails. I am so excited to inspire women to get outdoors over the next year. I can't wait to start this awesome journey!
Favorite TrailRocky Mountain National Park- Emerald lake Trail.
Sun Prairie, WI
Trailblazer - Dineo Dowd
Dineo Dowd , Was born and raised in south Africa, currently based in sun prairie, Wisconsin.I am a full time Adventure mom to Armani Dowd who is always riding on my back for adventures, We enjoy solo hikes and manage to reach our goal getting outside in the summer every single day.I am the branch ambassador in Madison and social media content for hike it baby. Hike it baby has been part of our lives for over 2 years, we have been super lucky to meet awesome families around United States while traveling and made reall friends who have same interest like us.Over the past 5 years I have hiked tons of hikes around west coast I lived in Utah for 4 years and have visited the most beautiful National parks and hiked to the most beautiful waterfalls in Utah. If I'm not outside you will find me in my kitchen cooking or baking,I'm a great cook.My mission in life is to explore nature and experience.With this project next year I hope to convince tons of women to get on trail with me and to hike many different trails in my area. One of my favorite things to do is running and traveling. I'm in love with the Ice Age Trail, because its a scenic trail stretching 1,200 miles in the state of Wisconsin in united states.