Beer and outdoor fans, meet our second Day Hike Brand Ambassador: Christina Hickman! A longtime fan of Two Beers Brewing Co., Christina remembers when The Woods was next door to our current space, serving frozen pizza alongside tasty beer to happy guests. We’re looking forward to seeing all of her adventures in the woods this summer.
I moved out to Seattle from Massachusetts 3 years ago for grad school. Like many East Coast transplants, I quickly became enamored with the big beauty of the PNW–massive mountains, sea stacks on the coast, old-growth forest with its Dr. Seuss-like moss and towering trees, unbelievably turquoise alpine lakes, and even the looming threat of the beloved active volcanoes. It was all so different and exciting, and I wanted to be surrounded by it all as often as possible.
In the time I’ve been here, I’ve logged about 1,500 miles of state & national park/forest trail in WA, OR, and B.C., Canada. Even though I spend about half of my time hiking solo, I’ve found such an inspiring and positive community of hikers here in the PNW. My favorite hiking and adventure buddy is my fianc, Dan. We love planning our trips to involve a post-hike stop at a local brewery (and if we can’t, we pack something for the top). Fun fact: Two Beers was one of the very first breweries we visited after we moved out here (though, as some of you may remember, it was not nearly as spacious as The Woods is now)! I am fully committed to conserving and creating better access to our public lands, and helping to educate newer hikers along the way.
Even though I didn’t get Enchantments, Mount St. Helens, or Wonderland Trail permits, I still hope to do all three, via thru-hiking and day-of walk ups. Some other hikes on my must-do list for the summer include: Goat Rocks, Sahale Arm, Tuck & Robin Lakes, Del Campo, Sourdough Mountain, and a bunch of old stand-bys, road trips & car camping. I try to get on the trail at least twice a week! If you see me, say hi! You can also follow along on my Instagram, @hichristinamarie. Cheers!