Hikertrash: Life on the Pacific Crest Trail

Hikertrash: Life on the Pacific Crest Trail

by Erin Miller


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Teetering awkwardly on the brink of insanity, unable to handle life in snowy, cold, ultra-conservative North Idaho, Carl and Erin sold their house and set out in search of a new place to call home. Suddenly finding themselves completely free of responsibilities, jobless, and with a little spare cash in the bank, it didn't take long before their serious search for a new life took some unexpected twists and turns.

"What do you think we should do when we return to the States?" Erin asked Carl, as they sat outside a tiny café sipping coffee. It was a question that had been plaguing her for weeks as they budget travelled across South East Asia in an attempt to avoid winter (and reality).

"I've been thinking about it, and I think we should thru-hike the Pacific Crest Trail." Was Carl's totally unexpected reply.

Spend months on end traipsing through the wilderness, petting bunnies and chasing rainbows, as they hiked 2,660 miles from Mexico to Canada? How could Erin possibly say no? Life Rule #1: Never, ever, turn down an adventure.

Friends wagered they wouldn't last a week, but before they knew it, days turned into months as they made their way across America at three miles an hour. As Carl and Erin morphed into Bearclaw and Hummingbird, they found that being hikertrash suited them.

Though they will both admit the trail was life altering, there were no great epiphanies, no magic answers to all of life's burning questions, no "ah-ha!" moments when suddenly life made sense. This is not a tale of personal growth.

Through blisters and shin splints, jaw-dropping landscapes and craptastically unspectacular forests, searing heat and pouring rain, complete hilarity and utter exhaustion, this is the story of what day-to-day life is really like on one of America's greatest trails.

As told through Hummingbird's journal entries, this is the story of life on the trail - the people you meet, the things you see, and how,mile by mile, you eventually become Hikertrash.


  • 6 Overview Maps to Follow our Journey
  • 19 Black & White Photos of Sights Along the Trail
  • Leave No Trace Tips
  • Our Gear Lists
  • Our Trail Recipes

What Is Hikertrash?

Hikertrash: a long distance hiker, shabby and homeless in appearance, rarely bathed and rank in odor, more at home outdoors than in society, with a deep reverence and respect for all things wild.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780692341384
Publisher: Erin Miller Books
Publication date: 12/05/2014
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 385,769
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.72(d)

About the Author

Erin Miller was born in the Great White North, otherwise known as Whitecourt, Alberta, Canada, where she lived until her tweens, when her parents divorced and her adventure seeking mother moved her and her brother to the white sand beaches of the sleepy fishing village of Bahia Kino, Sonora, Mexico. Growing up between worlds, Erin developed a passion for nature and the environment and a love of being nomadic. Erin met her equally adventurous husband Carl on the return end of a wander through Central America. When they aren't living in a tent, or traipsing from hostel to budget hotel, they call Bend, Oregon their home. Erin is always dreaming up adventures, loves being outdoors, and is most content when she's wild and free, her tangled hair matted with sand or pine needles.

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Hikertrash: Life on the Pacific Crest Trail 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great adventure read. Very funny.
elpolloflatulato More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed this book. Erin Miller is a positive, forceful person who loves to be going. Her trail log reflects her outgoing personality and little of the grind of hiking 16-22 miles per day, day after day. If I could hike the PCT, I'd want someone like Erin along.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you're wanting to hike the pct this is a must read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've been having fun reading the PCT journals of thru hikers. This one was a pleasure! It is an amazing thing that happens and the transformation that takes place in each hiker. They are not aware of it as it occurs, but if you listen to the narative there is a slight shift. And physically they are changing too. I do not have any cred. to suggest that hiking the PCT cause a transformation in ones life. But, it certainly had a profound effect on the life of Hummingbird, and other thru hikers as well! This is a fun read and I thank Hummingbird for sharing her experience!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the book thoroughly and can't wait to hike a section of the trail myself. Well done Hummingbird!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Humorous, thought-provoking and a rewarding read, Hummingbird has made the journey so I could be there too.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Engaging and down to earth, so relateable
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
RN0 More than 1 year ago
After reading Wild, and because I live in the PNW, I wanted to read more accounts "through hikers" on the PCT. So far, this is my favorite yet. Most of the story is written through the eyes of "Hummingbird" (the Author's trail name) She gives such a great description of the trail, the beauty, and the hardships encountered, I almost feel as if I were there, hiking alongside. Add in the great humor, and her obvious love for nature, and you have one great read! I would recommend this to anyone wanting to learn more about the PCT, through-hikers, and breath-taking beauty.