Liz Thomas is a professional hiker, adventure conservationist, and outdoor writer who broke the women’s self-supported speed record on the 2,181-mile long Appalachian Trail. Considered among the most experienced hikers in the US, she’s known for backpacking light, fast, and solo. Liz has hiked more than 20,000 miles on 20+ long trails including completing the Triple Crown of Hiking (the Appalachian, Pacific Crest, and Continental Divide Trails) and first-known traverses of the Chinook Trail in the Columbia River Gorge and Wasatch Range in Utah.
Called “a living legend” and “the Queen of Urban Hiking” by Outside Magazine, Thomas is also known as an urban hiker for developing and hiking 100+ mile routes in 13 U.S. cities. She’s used her platform for advocacy surrounding staying active where you are and building safe streets and smarter cities.
Liz is the author of the award-winning Long Trails: Mastering the Art of the Thru-hike. She has served as the Vice President of the American Long Distance Hiking Association-West and is currently an ambassador for the American Hiking Society. When not hiking, Liz splits her time between Denver and Los Angeles.