Lyla Harrod

I'm a 34 year old sober, queer and transgender woman (she/her) who thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail NOBO in 2021, the Bay Circuit Trail in 2021 (FKT) and will be hiking the Arizona Trail in October and November of 2021. I'm a fiery Aries who runs on sour candy and caffeine. Follow my Trek!

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Bay Circuit Trail: Thru-Hiking Boston’s Emerald Necklace

Bay Circuit Trail: Thru-Hiking Boston’s Emerald Necklace

I found myself in a strange headspace when I got home from my recent thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail. I planned a month and a half long break from

Sep 14, 2021 : Lyla Harrod
AT Thru-Hike Lessons Learned #2: Being Sober and Trans on Trail

AT Thru-Hike Lessons Learned #2: Being Sober and Trans on Trail

Here's my post-Appalachian Trail thru-hike reflections on being sober and trans on trail. I know my experience isn't universal, but if you are sober

Sep 5, 2021 : Lyla Harrod
AT Thru-Hike Lessons Learned: Hitching, Resupply, Trail Magic

AT Thru-Hike Lessons Learned: Hitching, Resupply, Trail Magic

I made it y'all!!! I'm home after completing my thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail in 138 days between March 28th and August 12th, 2021. Now that I'm

Aug 23, 2021 : Lyla Harrod
AT Thru-Hiker’s “Hot or Not” List After One Week on Trail

AT Thru-Hiker’s “Hot or Not” List After One Week on Trail

I've officially been hiking north from Springer Mountain towards Maine for one week. Below are my takes on what's "Hot or Not" from my

Apr 7, 2021 : Lyla Harrod
7 Ways to Be “Trans Competent” on Trail

7 Ways to Be “Trans Competent” on Trail

In the hiking community, we need to be proactive in making hiking and backpacking accessible and inclusive to all people. One way YOU can make a

Feb 3, 2021 : Lyla Harrod
2021 NOBO AT Thru-Hiker’s Gear List

2021 NOBO AT Thru-Hiker’s Gear List

Look at this stuff, isn't it neat? Wouldn't you think my collection's complete? I've got gadgets and gizmos a-plentyI've got whozits and whatzits

Jan 19, 2021 : Lyla Harrod
Find the Cost of Freedom: Deciding to Thru-Hike the AT

Find the Cost of Freedom: Deciding to Thru-Hike the AT

The risks of disassembling one’s life to attempt a thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail go far beyond gear, logistics, and on-trail concerns. Here’s

Dec 21, 2020 : Lyla Harrod
Trans Continental: A Sober LGBTQ Thru-Hiker’s Introduction

Trans Continental: A Sober LGBTQ Thru-Hiker’s Introduction

Who Am I? Name: Lyla Harrod (she/her) Trail Name: Don’t have one yet! Age: 33 Thru-Hike Direction: NOBO Start Date: Late March/Early

Nov 24, 2020 : Lyla Harrod