I first met Hippie Longstockings in 2015 on a group thru-hike of the San Diego Trans-County Trail. Although I was only able to do the first half of the trail, hanging out with Hippie and several other former PCT thru-hikers was the main motivator for me to hike the trail later that year. I thought, “wow – if these are the kinds of people I’d be meeting on the PCT, I definitely want to do it now!” Just reading her answers below gives an idea of her positive energy and infectious good spirit. So, getting to kick off the trail portion of the Public Lands Project with Hippie and several others from that same SDTCT group was a fantastic treat. And, getting to log those first miles on the Pacific Crest Trail itself was the icing on the cake!

Name / Trail Name: Hippie Long Stockings here to tell you a little about how much I enjoy hiking and exploring our public lands.

What’s your primary activity on public lands? Most of the time you can find me out in our national forests and national parks hiking and camping.  With so many trails around the United States I have plenty to pick from.  I can go for 2000 miles of hiking or 2 miles.  There is always a trail that suits my needs.  That is the great thing about our national forests and parks: there is something for everyone at every level.

What do you do when you’re not adventuring? When I’m not hiking, I am normally working as a bartender in Southern California.  It provides the freedom to explore this great land.

Why is the PCT special to you? Living in Southern California, I often find myself on the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT).  I can easily find sections to day hike, overnight hike or sometimes even go out for a 6 month hike.  In both 2008 and 2013 I walked the entire 2700 miles of the PCT in a six-month time period.  It was an amazing journey. I have fallen in love with this trail. The High Sierra Nevada Mountains are one of my favorite sections of trail.  Although I find myself in the southern portion which lies mostly in lower desert during the winter months when there are not so many places to hike that are snow-free.

When did you first learn about the PCT? I first heard of the PCT while I was thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail. Then as luck would have it, I got a chance to move west and started to section hike the PCT in 2006. It was as amazing as everyone told me it would be.

Any other favorite spots you recommend? There are so many hikes I have done in the United States. Some of my other favorite areas for hiking are the Sierra Nevada Mountains. For 9 years I would have my boyfriend drive me to Yosemite National Park and leave me there.  I would spend a month hiking around the Sierra enjoying life, then just simply hike down to Highway 395 and hitchhike back home to San Diego. Then there is always The Colorado Trail, one of the most beautiful and tough trails I have done.  I look forward to hiking that trail again soon. Oh and then there’s the Big 5 in Utah: Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, Capital Reef National Park, Arches National Park, and Canyonlands National Park. Nothing like jumping into my faithful Ford 150 and driving the tour of all five of these parks, day-hiking in each as I go. I’ve also managed to add on to these 5 parks Monument Valley and the Grand Canyon National Park. That is one of my favorite road trips. I actually do it as often as I get someone who wants to see it ALL.

You should not take my word about this. I highly recommend getting out and seeing our beautiful country for yourself.  Feel free to check out my Facebook page “Hippie Long Stockings Thru Hiker” for some ideas. I love to share photos and even videos of different areas, which might give you some ideas. But really – go out there and explore and fall in love with this great country.  You won’t regret it.