Laura Johnston

My name is Laura Johnston. I'm an east coast native from the Virginia suburbs of Washington, D.C. I'm a conservation, outdoor and creative professional, a people person, and a trail correspondent for the "Sounds of the Trail" podcast. I thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail (AT) in 2016 and the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) in 2017. My trail name, "Hey Girl!," was given to me by fellow hikers on the AT because of how I say "hi," to women on (and off) trail. Visit me online on Instagram @ljfromvt or my website https://heygirlhikes.com

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Gear Review: Hoka One One Sky Toa Boot

Gear Review: Hoka One One Sky Toa Boot

I tested the Speedgoat 3s—and the Sky Toa surprised me by being able to function and feel as good as its "low-top," ankle-height counterparts. Like

Jul 7, 2019 : Laura Johnston
Gear Review: Hoka One One Speedgoat 3 Trail Runner

Gear Review: Hoka One One Speedgoat 3 Trail Runner

I tested the Karl "Speedgoat" Meltzer, an ultrarunner with the most 100-mile trail race wins and a onetime fastest known time (FKT) on the

Jun 1, 2019 : Laura Johnston
Your Guide to Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) Trail Angels

Your Guide to Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) Trail Angels

If you are section or thru-hiking the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) in 2019 (or know someone who is), you'll want to read, bookmark, or print this story

Mar 27, 2019 : Laura Johnston
Gear Review: North Face Progressor Short-Sleeve Wool Crew

Gear Review: North Face Progressor Short-Sleeve Wool Crew

environmental and North Face Women's Progressor Hybrid Tights, which I tested in conjunction with the Progressor Wool Short-Sleeve Crew. Final

Feb 2, 2019 : Laura Johnston
Gear Review: North Face Progressor Tights

Gear Review: North Face Progressor Tights

environmental and Two of the best features of the Progressors Hybrid Tights are their stretch and flexibility for the many movements of

Feb 1, 2019 : Laura Johnston
Opportunity to Help Trail Angels Who Lost Everything in Paradise Fire

Opportunity to Help Trail Angels Who Lost Everything in Paradise Fire

Pay it forward. Be kind. A little help can brighten someone's day. Long-distance trails like the Pacific Crest Trail and Appalachian Trail and the

Dec 18, 2018 : Laura Johnston
A Purpose On Trail + After the Trail: Stewardship

A Purpose On Trail + After the Trail: Stewardship

This October the Trail angels like Cinnabun, pictured, (navy tank top) stock and monitor water caches along the dry water-scarce southern California

Sep 30, 2018 : Laura Johnston
50-Year-Old Pot of Money Supporting AT Could Disappear

50-Year-Old Pot of Money Supporting AT Could Disappear

If you love the Appalachian Trail (AT), there is an important and time-sensitive story you need to know about before September of this

May 29, 2018 : Laura Johnston
Happy 50th to the AT, PCT, and National Trails System Act

Happy 50th to the AT, PCT, and National Trails System Act

Who wants some birthday cake? (If you’re currently hiking a trail, that’s a definite yes). This year, 2018, is the 50th birthday of the national

May 13, 2018 : Laura Johnston
Baggies: The Only Pair of Hiking Shorts You Need

Baggies: The Only Pair of Hiking Shorts You Need

This is a gear review of and love letter to my I wore my Baggies all day everyday on the AT and PCT, only taking them off for laundry in towns. (Hold

Feb 14, 2018 : Laura Johnston