Pacific Crest Trail Stehekin


My name is April Noriega, but on trail I am known as ‘Bearclaw’. Born and raised in Oklahoma I am an avid adventurer and lover of the outdoors. ¬†Prior to discovering long distance hiking I was living and breathing the corporate world in oil & gas. My prior life was never conducive to my mind or soul. I was constantly seeking more with a burning desire to explore knowing life held more for me than sitting behind a desk 12-hours a day. It was in 2014 that I made the leap of faith and left my 18-year career to begin my journey as a long-distance hiker.

My first long-distance trail that inspired me to pursue my love of adventure was the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT). During my journey on the PCT I immediately knew I had to have more. ¬†After I completed hiking all 2,660 miles of the PCT, I flew halfway around the world to Corsica and hiked the GR20, Europe’s toughest trek. This trek was beautiful, rugged, tough.


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  1. I found your epic hikes through Instagram, and I wish you all the determination in the world because we both know luck won’t cut it in the woods. I did the great glen way in Scotland in October and want to do the Juan de Fuca on Vancouver island in the fall. They are tiny hikes to what you are doing, and give me all the more respect for your journey. Keep posting.

  2. Hey I stumbled on your Instagram looking at pct pictures and saw the epic circuit your doing this year. Was wondering how you are funding your three epic through hikes and what you will be doing after?

    Cheers and envy!

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