Trails Guides

GW Trails offers a leadership program where students lead their peers on weekend and break trips outdoors. This experiential leadership opportunity provides students with outdoor skills, leadership training, planning, and trip preparation. Trails Guide volunteers devise and plan all the outings, organize the logistics, and provide support to ensure a safe, educational, and fun-filled adventure.

Trails Guide Applications

Trails Guide applications are currently closed and will reopen in spring 2022 for first-year, sophomore, and junior undergraduate GW students. The process to become a Trails Guide involves completing an application, participating in a group interview, and concludes in an individual interview. No outdoor experience is required and we encourage everyone to apply that is interested in leading others in the outdoors. 

Trails Training

All incoming Trails Guides complete a 10-week training program to build outdoor and group leadership skills. View our syllabus for more information about the weekly training. 

Training and Qualifications

All Trails Guides are certified in Wilderness First Aid (WFA), Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), and Leave No Trace (LNT) wilderness ethics. Trails Guides receive regular outdoor skill training, social justice, and diversity training, group facilitation training, and other opportunities created by GW students. Our Trails Guides regularly participate in environmental stewardship service opportunities and other ways to engage the GW campus in outdoor adventure.

Meet the Guides

Clare M.

Clare M. 

Senior, Archaeology Major/Anthropology Minor
she/her

Hello, I’m Clare and I’m a cat person from Columbus, Ohio. I study archaeology and I love to travel, walk around, visit museums, and of course, spend time outside. Although the desert is my favorite ecosystem, I’ve had an amazing time exploring Shenandoah with TRAiLS and hope to see you on the trail!

Constantine D.

Constantine D.

Senior, Political Science & Russian Language and Literature
he/him

Hey! I'm from Boston and love spending time outside with friends. Some of my favorite ways to do that are backpacking, climbing, or snowboarding. In DC I love to bike around and explore the different areas of the city. Let's go have some fun outside!

Emmy O'Brien

Emmy O.

Senior, Public Health, Minor in Japanese Language and Literature
she/her

Hi everyone! My name is Emmy, and I study public health and Japanese. I’m always down for a new adventure whether it be through a mind-bending novel, awesome guest lecture, or (of course) the fascinating outdoor world. My passion for helping people runs deep, and I love learning new skills and perspectives from our amazing participants and community partners. Come play outside!

 

Gabby L.

Senior
she/her

Henry S.

Henry S. 

Senior, Mechanical Engineering
he/him

I am from Bellingham, Washington majoring in mechanical engineering. I love to ski, hike, bike, kayak, and cliff jump. I can't wait to guide as many trips as possible this year!

Isabel S.

Isabel S. 

Senior, Sociology
she/her

I'm from the best of the Midwest (St. Louis) majoring in sociology, and I grew up canoeing on the wild, wild rivers of Missouri. I love hiking, biking, reality TV, and long, long road trips. My dream outdoor adventure is either to go bikepacking across the US or to see a moose in person. Hope to see you guys (and a moose?) on the trails!

Karen H.

Karen H. 

Senior, International Affairs and Anthropology, minor in GIS
she/her

I grew up loving the outdoors, but I only started backpacking and going on serious adventures in college with the help of Trails! I am absolutely committed to bringing the GW community into outdoor spaces, and I am equally committed to rubber straws and Bear Naked granola.

Lauren B.

Lauren B. 

President

Senior, Environmental Studies
she/her

Hey! I’m an Aries from PA majoring in environmental studies with a dual minor in biology and GIS. Some of my favorite things are cooking, hiking, and making art. If I’m not chilling around campus double fisting a smoothie and an iced coffee, you can find me kayaking on the river and hanging with some friends playing music. Can’t wait to see you outside!

Lily L.

Lily L.

Senior, International Affairs
she/her

So nice to meet you! I'm Lily, a senior from Buffalo, NY, studying International Affairs. My favorite thing about Trails is meeting new people and learning new things from our incredible guides, participants, and partners. Backpacking is my number one love, filled with some of my most cherished memories. My favorite places to backpack in the U.S. are Yosemite and Zion National Park, but my dream is to backpack across the entire world. I also enjoy swimming, snowboarding, and yoga. I can’t wait to see you on the trail!

Sam G.

Sam G. 

Senior, Geography, Minor in Geology
they/them

Hey, Y'all! My name is Sam and I am from a small town called Moscow in the Idaho panhandle. I study Geography and Geology, am a plant parent, enjoy crystals, and love to roller skate. I love spending time in the outdoors and there are so many fun and beautiful places around the DC area, my personal favorite is Harpers Ferry/Weaverton Cliffs. I cannot wait to meet you all and explore with the GW community!

Sarah U.

Sarah U.

Senior, Environmental Studies
she/her

Hello GW! I hail from the great state of Colorado, where I enjoy frequent strolls across mountainous terrain and riding my horse, Roxie. Some of my other hobbies include photography, making short films, and finding new breakfast spots. I feel most at home in the mountains, but am happy as long as I am outside. Hope to see you on the trail!

Shriya S.

Shriya S. 

Senior, International Affairs
she/her

Hey guys! I’m from just outside of Boston and other than hiking I enjoy playing tennis, biking, swimming, and being with my family and friends. I can’t wait to see all your beautiful faces on our trips!

Elena M.

Elena M.

Junior, International Affairs
she/her

Hey everybody! My name is Elena and I’m proudly from Rochester, NY but I love love love living in DC! I have always been into running, hiking, and adventuring in new places with new people. I drink way too much Peet’s, eat an unnecessary amount of flaming hot Cheetos, and give out more hugs than is probably asked for. I’m so grateful to have such a devoted group of guides to work with and I can’t wait to see what adventures this year brings! Catch ya on the trails!

Emily L.

Emily L.

Junior, Public Health
she/her

Hey all, my name is Emily! I’m from Seattle, WA (the better Washington, but I am biased) and a public health major here at GW. I’m happiest when I’m breathing fresh air and on the move, hence my love for the outdoors. You can also find me exploring the city, on a run, or hanging out with friends! I am excited to continue to hike, ski, camp, boat, swim, and laugh in the DC area with all of you!

Jackie L.

Jackie L. 

Junior, History
she/her

Hey guys! I'm studying history and doing Navy ROTC. I've lived all over, but Portugal's my home. You can find me drooling over mountains and rivers and fields any day, and usually with my dog, Bosco! If I'm not outside, I'm probably reading a good book, watching Star Wars or history documentaries, or playing some Nintendo classics. Can't wait to see you out on the trail!

Lizzie B.

Lizzie B. 

Events and Service Coordinator 

Junior, Geography
she/her

Hi everyone!! I’m Lizzie, and you’ll probably see me biking around campus on my Mom’s 40-year-old bike or speed walking (but never running) to someplace I’m running late for. I love hiking, biking, and painting, but my true passion remains Wikipedia wormholes, especially with any music group from the 60s/70s. Can’t wait to explore the green spaces both inside and outside DC with y’all!! 

Lucas L.

Lucas L. 

Training & Recruitment Coordinator 

Junior, International Affairs and Arabic
he/him

Howdy folks! I'm a Midwest boy from the Twin Cities (Yes, that's Minnesota) and I'm studying international affairs and Arabic. Some of my favorite outdoor activities include hiking with my dog, sailing with my dog, walking my dog, cross country skiing with my dog, kayaking with my dog, and paddle boarding....with my dog. I hope to see y'all on the trail!

 

Maya D. 

Diversity, Inclusion, & Accessibility Coordinator 
Junior

she/her

Rachel B.

Rachel B. 

Junior, International Affairs and Economics
she/her

Hey, I’m Rachel and I’m from right outside of Philly. I’m majoring in international affairs and Economics with a focus on development. I love to travel, hike, bike, geocache, and run. When I’m procrastinating you can find me planning backpacking and traveling itineraries all over the world (that I may or may not ever actually go on) and listening to George Harrison. The dream is to backpack through India one day. Catch you on the trails!....(I just changed the major/minor part the rest is the same)

Sam C.

Sam C. 

Junior, Public Health and Political Science
she/her

Hi Friends! My name is Sam and I’m from the beautiful state of Utah, so I’m most at home when surrounded by red rock, aspen trees, or the greatest snow on earth. I’m a junior double majoring in public health and political science. I love to ski, hike, wakeboard, mountain bike, and dance my ~behind~ off… but nothing beats doing all that with the people you love. Even if you haven’t spent much time in the outdoors, I hope to see you on a trip!

Savannah W.

Savannah W.

Gear Manager 

Junior, Accounting
she/her

Hi there! My name is Savannah, and I'm studying accounting from Anchorage, Alaska. I love hiking, camping, skiing, and really anything to do with the mountains. You can find me on campus going out to breakfast in the mornings or reading in U-Yard with a cup of coffee. My dream outdoor adventures are hiking in Nepal or visiting the Swiss Alps. Hope to see you all on the trail soon!

Trey W.

Trey W.

Vice President

Junior, International Affairs & Asian Studies
he/him

Hey, y’all! My name is Trey and I am studying Asian Studies at the Elliott School. Coming from the great state of Georgia, the backcountry, sweet tea and banjos run through my veins. I love backpacking and any kind of white water. I am excited to explore the woods around DC with y’all!

Vivi M.

Vivi M. 

Junior, International Affairs and Economics
she/her 

Hi, I’m Vivi. I’m in Elliott majoring in IA & Econ. I’m originally from deep in the cornfields Illinois so I never fail to get unreasonably excited over some mountains. I can’t wait to introduce you all to life at GW around a campfire!

Yoni A.

Yoni A.

Community Engagement Facilitator 

Junior, International Affairs, Minor in Arabic and Hebrew Languages and Cultures, and Geography
he/him

My name is Yoni and I hail from the glorious Midwest-- Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to be specific. I like to spend as much of my time outdoors as possible, and would never turn down an impromptu road trip. Some of my dream hiking trips would be to Nepal, Argentina, or Japan. But for now, come explore the DMV area with us!

Yutong J.

Yutong J. 

Junior, International Affairs, Minors in Journalism and Hebrew & Arabic Language and Culture
he/him

Hey! My name is Yutong/Yu-tone Jiang. I am majoring in IA with a concentration in the Middle East. I minor in Journalism and Hebrew & Arabic language and culture. I was born in Guizhou, China, and I called it the Chinese “Colorado,” where you can see many magnificent mountains. I frequently visited Beijing and Boston back and forth, so I considered them as my second hometowns. I am an ESTP and Aries. I enjoy being outdoors. I do running, cycling, skiing, rowing, and rock climbing. I am open to trying new things and doing them competitively. I am also into concerts and big events.

Laurel B.

Laurel B. 

Training & Recruitment Coordinator

Sophomore, International Affairs, Minor in Arabic
she/her

Hi everybody! My name is Laurel, and I'm studying International Affairs at the Elliott School. I'm originally from Boulder, Colorado, and I love nothing more than tall mountains and wildflowers. I spend my free time hiking, biking, skiing, reading, and napping in hammocks. I'm excited to meet you all and see you on the trail!

Leo K.

Leo K. 

Sophomore, Political Science, Journalism & Mass Communications
he/him

Howdy folks! I’m Leo Kehagias, studying political science and journalism hailing from northeast Pennsylvania. I grew up in the middle of the woods where my closest neighbors were squirrels so I love just about anything in the outdoors. Hiking, camping, and skiing are definitely personal favorites, and I’m always up for a spontaneous adventure. Around campus, you can find me hanging out in the grass or a hammock, playing violin or guitar, searching for more coffee, or going for long walks with friends. Looking forward to seeing you at a TRAiLS event soon!

Sophie R.

Sophie R. 

Marketing Coordinator

Sophomore, International Affairs
she/her

Hi there! My name is Sophie, and I'm studying International Affairs (basic, I know). I'm from Hopkinton, Massachusetts but I also sort of grew up in Dubai, where I first got into hiking. My idea of a perfect vacation includes a lot of trekking, cooking over campfires, and chilling in hammocks. I'm also trying to learn skateboarding and juggling (maybe I could become a TRAiLS guide/clown?) I can't wait to meet you on some future trips!