Megan McGowan

On trail I'm known as Sourstraws, or just Straws for short. My husband Paul (aka Piñata) and I thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail in 2016, the Pacific Crest Trail in 2017, and the Continental Divide Trail in 2018. Back in "real life" for a while, we're working on section hiking the Arizona Trail. Read more at hikinghammonds.com

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How to Be a Better Trail Angel

How to Be a Better Trail Angel

So you’re interested in being a trail angel?  Good for you! Maybe you’ve hiked a long trail and want to give back to the hiking community.  Maybe

Oct 23, 2018 : Megan McGowan
Reaching Canada and the Triple Crown

Reaching Canada and the Triple Crown

I first learned of thru-hiking seven or eight years ago. I'd heard of the Pacific Crest Trail before, but I figured it was something just one or two

Sep 15, 2018 : Megan McGowan
Dodging Fires Through Montana

Dodging Fires Through Montana

  They say this trail is cold, and they were right. We haven't really had a hot day since New Mexico, but that all changed in Darby, MT. It

Sep 7, 2018 : Megan McGowan
Ups and Downs on the Idaho/Montana Border

Ups and Downs on the Idaho/Montana Border

The section of trail along the border between Idaho and Montana has a reputation among hikers as being full of PUDs--pointless ups and downs.

Aug 21, 2018 : Megan McGowan
Wowed by Wyoming: From the Winds to Yellowstone

Wowed by Wyoming: From the Winds to Yellowstone

The contrasts between one section of this trail and the next are amazing. With transitions that last only a moment, we move from desert, to

Aug 9, 2018 : Megan McGowan
Running Through Wyoming’s Great Divide Basin

Running Through Wyoming’s Great Divide Basin

Upon entering Wyoming, the CDT transitions quite rapidly from forested mountains to the flat and treeless basin of Wyoming's Red Desert. We emerged

Jul 31, 2018 : Megan McGowan
Embracing the Brutality on the CDT

Embracing the Brutality on the CDT

Shortly after leaving Leadville, the Colorado Trail turns toward Denver and parts ways with the CDT. The well-defined, maintained track of the CT

Jul 10, 2018 : Megan McGowan
Cruising through Central Colorado on the CDT

Cruising through Central Colorado on the CDT

The trail through the middle portion of Colorado was awesome. After the tough terrain of the San Juans, the Colorado Trail seemed almost easy in

Jul 4, 2018 : Megan McGowan
Tested by Snow on the CDT Through the San Juans

Tested by Snow on the CDT Through the San Juans

The San Juan Mountains were intense, beautiful, frustrating, rewarding, difficult, and awesome. They were somehow both exactly what I expected and

Jun 23, 2018 : Megan McGowan
CDT Part 3: Goodbye New Mexico

CDT Part 3: Goodbye New Mexico

It's been longer than I planned to get this post up; service and internet through Southern Colorado has been pretty lacking. So without further ado,

Jun 17, 2018 : Megan McGowan