In the short film called ‘As It Happens: Pacific Crest Trail‘ produced by ‘As It Happens Films’ (AIHF). There is a point where Ian Mangiardi reflects on the “why” behind hiking and backpacking: “To experience the moment most will never know”. This summarizes our philosophy at Wanderlusthiker.

This site shares the trail guides and stories of an active group of backpackers based out of the Pacific Northwest. Photography and writing are weaved together to give you a taste of the personality ingrained in each trail. On every hike we learn more about the world, gear limitations, survival, and ourselves.

Do you love to hike? Would you like to become a collaborator to share your stories and experiences? We would love to hear from you. Send us a message at