Trail Dames Awards

For many years women have accomplished great things in the outdoors. Most of them, however, never get the recognition that they deserve. It is with that thought that Trail Dames initiated the Trail Dames Awards. This annual recognition goes to the women that blaze trails, fight for outdoor causes and travel the world over, making it easier for others to follow in her footsteps.


Do you know a woman that exemplifies the spirit of the Trail Dames Awards? Contact us to nominate your favorite outdoors woman as Trail Dames Woman of the Year, Adventurer of the Year or Advocate of the Year


2016 National Trail Dames Awards

Lightheart Gear Woman of the Year Award

Jean Dolan

Advocate of the Year Award

Laurie Potteiger

Adventurer of the Year Award

Karen Washington

Phoenix Award

Stacy Kozel

Spirit of Excellence Award

Brenda Bryson

2014 National Trail Dames Awards

Woman of the Year Award

Judy Young, aka Gray Jay

Adventurer of the Year Award

Susan "Hammock" Hanger

Phoenix Award

Cater "Rainbow Bright" Davis

2013 National Trail Dames Awards

LightHeart Gear Woman of the Year Award

Sanne Larsen Bagby, aka Ready

Adventurer of the Year Award

Sandra Friend

Chair of the Freelance Council of the Society of American Travel Writers, and author of 27 books.
Advocate of the Year Award

Miss Janet

2012 National Trail Dames Awards

Woman of the Year Award

Gudy Gaskill

Mother of the Colorado Trail
Adventurer of the Year Award

Jennifer Pharr Davis

All-time record holder for thru hiking the Appalachian Trail.
Advocate of the Year

The Great Old Broads

Great Old Broads for Wilderness is a national organization that uses the voices and activism of elders to preserve and protect wilderness and wild public lands.

2011 National Trail Dames Awards

Gregory Outdoor Products Trail Dames Woman of the Year

Cindy Ross

Author of "Scraping Heaven", "A Woman's Journey on the AT", and "Journey on the Divide"
Trail Dames Adventurer of the Year

Scout Aulenbach

Adventurer and caver
To read more about Scout, click here.

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