Poppy Pai

Hi, I'm Poppy! 2019 PCT hiker. I was born and raised in California, near Yosemite, and this is my first time stepping foot on the PCT! I studied Molecular Biology at the University of Colorado in Boulder and now teach High School. Hiking is my favorite!

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Hail and Rain: Warner Springs to Paradise Valley Cafe

Hail and Rain: Warner Springs to Paradise Valley Cafe

Miles 109.5 - 151.8The trail crosses Agua Caliente Creek several times just after Warner Springs. It's a sunny day and it's nice to take off my

Apr 9, 2019 : Poppy Pai
I Love Cows: Scissors Crossing to Warner Springs

I Love Cows: Scissors Crossing to Warner Springs

Miles 77.3 to 109.5The sun was shining bright, which was perfect for an early start. Ghost (an awesome trail angel) showed up at Stagecoach RV

Apr 8, 2019 : Poppy Pai
All The Luck: Mount Laguna to Scissors Crossing

All The Luck: Mount Laguna to Scissors Crossing

Miles 41.5 to 77.3Leaving Mount Laguna was a snowy mess. The storm had passed but the sky kept turning sullen and then sunny, eventually just

Apr 3, 2019 : Poppy Pai
Into the Snow: Lake Morena to Mount Laguna

Into the Snow: Lake Morena to Mount Laguna

Miles 20 - 41.5The sun is just coming up as I get to the trail and everything is covered in frost.  It's a beautiful day for hiking and I take

Mar 30, 2019 : Poppy Pai
Rainy Start: Campo to Lake Morena

Rainy Start: Campo to Lake Morena

Miles 0 - 20Starting the trail was a little different than I had imagined. I arrived at Campo around 7:30 a.m. after being dropped off somewhere

Mar 29, 2019 : Poppy Pai
Why You Should Send Resupply Boxes

Why You Should Send Resupply Boxes

There are a lot of scenarios when it comes to resupply on a long trail, but it's not just about food and gear. Create a Vision Resupply boxes are a

Jan 27, 2019 : Poppy Pai
My Plan for Staying Healthy so I Can Make It to Canada

My Plan for Staying Healthy so I Can Make It to Canada

Getting ready to set out on a 2,650 mile hike would be a little intimidating to anyone. Add in my mature status, my seven leg surgeries, and my

Dec 12, 2018 : Poppy Pai
Does There Have to be a Good Reason for Hiking the PCT?

Does There Have to be a Good Reason for Hiking the PCT?

Everyone asks, "Why are you hiking the Pacific Crest Trail?" Here are just a few reasons. I'm sure that I could come up with more. I don't know if

Dec 8, 2018 : Poppy Pai
Why I’ll be Hiking My Own Hike

Why I’ll be Hiking My Own Hike

My trail goals:Let's start by saying I'm not a purist. If my foot doesn't touch every accessible inch of the PCT, I'm OK with that. My goal

Dec 2, 2018 : Poppy Pai
Does Everyone Cry when They Get Their Permit?

Does Everyone Cry when They Get Their Permit?

When you've dreamed of something for so long and it actually really happens, it's hard to process at first. When I clicked on the PCT permit page on

Dec 2, 2018 : Poppy Pai