Sarah Lesiecki

Hi there! I'm Sarah, also known as Lil Bear on the trail. I'm a 31 year old Chicago-area native. The year 2022 means it's my fourth year section hiking the Appalachian Trail and my third year blogging about it on The Trek! I started hiking the trail in 2019 and have since covered about 1,650 miles. I have 542 total miles left to complete, spread out across three different sections. Join me this year as I continue the goal of completing the entire trail :) For 2019 trail posts or posts about other things, you can find me at www.sarahs-travels.com.

Posts

54 Miles of Northern Virginia in April: Harpers Ferry to Front Royal, Part 1

54 Miles of Northern Virginia in April: Harpers Ferry to Front Royal, Part 1

Tales from a 54 mile southbound AT section hike in Northern Virginia in late April, part 1.

Jun 21, 2022 : Sarah Lesiecki
Franconia Ridge, July 21, 2021: The First Time I Genuinely Felt Fear While Hiking on the Appalachian Trail

Franconia Ridge, July 21, 2021: The First Time I Genuinely Felt Fear While Hiking on the Appalachian Trail

The memory of the day I went over Franconia Ridge in New Hampshire and had a humbling experience with some bad weather.

May 18, 2022 : Sarah Lesiecki
I Never Thought This Would End So Close To The End

I Never Thought This Would End So Close To The End

I never expected to go home from the trail so close to the end, but it happened. This is a brief telling of that experience, plus some of my favorite picture worthy moments from New Hampshire and Maine.

Aug 26, 2021 : Sarah Lesiecki
Moving Along From Massachusetts to New Hampshire

Moving Along From Massachusetts to New Hampshire

A brief summary of Massachusetts, Vermont, and New Hampshire as I work toward completing my biggest section hike yet from Pennsylvania to Katahdin.

Jul 28, 2021 : Sarah Lesiecki
Back on Trail for 2.5 Weeks: Delaware Water Gap, PA to Great Barrington, MA

Back on Trail for 2.5 Weeks: Delaware Water Gap, PA to Great Barrington, MA

A summary of the latest portion of my big section hike. Delaware Water Gap, PA to Great Barrington, MA.

Jun 15, 2021 : Sarah Lesiecki
Straight From My Journal: A Section Hiker’s Mind Reset After Going Home for Two Weeks

Straight From My Journal: A Section Hiker’s Mind Reset After Going Home for Two Weeks

This is a journal entry I wrote for myself that I decided to share. It's the compilation of being able to re-set my mind after deciding to get off trail for two weeks when I was two weeks into my most current long section hike.

May 26, 2021 : Sarah Lesiecki
Heading Back to the Trail After a Week Hiatus and Relationship Lessons Learned From That

Heading Back to the Trail After a Week Hiatus and Relationship Lessons Learned From That

A summary of some things I feel like I learned about relationships two weeks into my 2021 LASH.

May 14, 2021 : Sarah Lesiecki
How I Went From Hiking Out of Town in the Morning to Sitting On a Flight Home That Same Night, Plus Other On-Trail Stories from Weeks 1 and 2

How I Went From Hiking Out of Town in the Morning to Sitting On a Flight Home That Same Night, Plus Other On-Trail Stories from Weeks 1 and 2

Getting off trail, a gear failure, finding cool spots, and other stories from my first two weeks of this Appalachian Trail section in Pennsylvania.

May 9, 2021 : Sarah Lesiecki
First 2021 Update: Inside My Mind After Two Weeks on Trail

First 2021 Update: Inside My Mind After Two Weeks on Trail

What’s gone on in my head so far during my first two weeks of hiking the AT in 2021 in Pennsylvania.

May 6, 2021 : Sarah Lesiecki
Things to Ponder as I Attempt a 1,000 Mile Hike Next Week

Things to Ponder as I Attempt a 1,000 Mile Hike Next Week

Thoughts as I set out to attempt a hike of just over 1,000 miles from Boiling Springs, PA to Mt. Katahdin, Maine.

Apr 11, 2021 : Sarah Lesiecki