About Trail to Peak

Drew Robinson Trail to Peak
Drew Robinson of Trail to Peak

Trail to Peak is a trusted resource for Southern California hiking guides, international travel guides, and thorough gear reviews.

Trail to Peak brings content to life on the web through breath-taking photography and captivating video. I launched Trail to Peak in 2014 with a goal to inspire readers to get outside and enjoy the great outdoors. I have traveled to 22 countries, walked Camino de Santiago, hiked the John Muir Trail, trekked through the Andes of Peru, and am constantly seeking new adventures in my home state of California. Joining me on my weekly adventures is my partner, Julia, our son, Owen, and our two goldendoodles, Isla and Lilly.

My Short Story:

Camino de Santiago Pilgrimmage
The Camino Pilgrimage

It all started for me after finishing my undergraduate degree in 2008 at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. Without knowing anyone or doing any real planning, I packed up my bags and flew to Buenos Aires. I hadn’t really traveled much before heading to Argentina, as I always kept myself busy with studying and football practice. Being a student athlete doesn’t leave much time for wanderlust and vacation. Deep down, exploration was always a part of me. It’s all I really wanted to do. I knew as soon as the plane landed in Buenos Aires, a new chapter was being written. A chapter that would precede countless more.

I’ve now visited 23 countries, and have had the chance to explore Europe’s most talked about cities. In 2012, after finishing graduate school, I walked Camino de Santiago. This has been the most transformative chapter in my travel adventures thus far.

In 2013, Julia and I completed the Salkantay Trek to Macchu Picchu and trekked the Ausangate circuit in Peru. It was an incredible experience to explore the Inca legends and folklore.

In 2014, we hiked Tour du Mont Blanc, and finished with a mini tour of Eastern Europe.

In July of 2015, I fulfilled a dream and thru-hiked the John Muir Trail in my own back yard of California!

John Muir Trail to Peak
John Muir Trail to Peak

2016 was another year filled with adventure. Julia and I spent 10 days exploring a number of cities in Japan. The highlight of that trip was a visit to the holy land of Koyasan.

A few months later, Julia gave birth to our first child, a son we named Owen. Owen got to see Yosemite shortly after birth, and just completed his first backpacking trip, to Havasupai Falls.

Havasupai Falls

2017 was another amazing year. We spent the summer driving around Iceland and saw every corner of the Ring Road!

12 Tips For Driving Iceland's Ring Road With Babies, Toddlers, And Children

After exploring the ring road, we enjoyed an incredible December trip that took us to Vietnam and Cambodia.

Trail to Peak About Me Vietnam

We took a lot of road trips and enjoyed a lot of new hikes in 2018, but the highlight of the year was our walk of the 150-mile Camino Portuguese Pilgrimage.

I can’t wait to see what 2019 has in store!

8 Reasons You Should Pre-Book Your Camino Pilgrimage

Partner With Me:

If you’re interested in partnering with Trail to Peak, you can request a media kit or contact me at drew@trailtopeak.com. I have five partnership opportunities:
1.) Gear and Product Reviews
2.) Press Trips
3.) I’ll Be Your Brand Ambassador
4.) I Can Create Custom And Exclusive Content
5.) I can provide you with photographs and video for a destination or activity of your choosing

Writing reviews and testing outdoor gear is one of my favorite parts of being a blogger. Let me help get the word out on your great new products. I can visit your travel destination and provide a quality write up with eye-catching photos and video to build awareness in the travel community. I’m looking to create lasting partnerships with like-minded companies that provide goods and services to the adventure travel community. Let me know if you have a customized project in mind. I can work with you to provide targeted, audience-engaging original content.

You can also contact me if you’re looking to purchase any of my photographs for commercial use or redistribution.

105 thoughts on “About Trail to Peak”

  1. I love to do what you are doing. But I know my limits (not fit LOL). I am sure I can learn lots from you doing all these awesome treks which one day I love to do… or should I say fit enough to do. Thanks for following my “not so Bear Grylls” site as your 🙂

      • Are you still trekking now? I love to learn from your experience given the chance. Wouldn’t mind following your footsteps though I may be a baggage more than anything else LOL.

      • Steven, I’m not trekking abroad at the moment, but I’m doing a lot of training hikes here in California. I’m getting ready for two treks in the Alps this summer. Maybe I’ll see you on the trail someday!!

  2. Completely inspired. Thank you for filming your Camino and narrating the trek. Having just finished Kilimanjaro 2014, 2015 is a non-summit year. Short listed Camino and Shikoku 88 temple pilgrimage. Likely Camino having seen your compilation. All my best to you and your endeavors. Sean Patrick Harrington.

    • Sean, thanks for reaching out. I’ve been looking to do Kilimanjaro and the Shikoku pilgrimage some time in the future. I think this year will be John Muir trail for me. Great to hear you’re thinking of walking the Camino. It is an unforgettable experience!

  3. Thanks for following our blog!! We see you are a fellow Camino walker 🙂 Since walking that, we have become very interested in hikes and walks so keep looking out for which one will be the next one. We will be sure to follow what you get up to. Have a great weekend ahead.

    • The Camino really got me interested in long hikes and walks as well. I’ve been doing at least one each year since. This summer I’ll be walking John Muir Trail, and will keep an eye our for what you’re up to as well!

  4. Hey Drew!

    Thanks very much for the blog follow. I look forward to checking out your adventures. I, too, am a huge fan of long distance walks/hikes since I did the Camino in 2013!


  5. Hi, thanks for stopping by and following my travel and photo blog. As a person who only started hiking in the last couple of years, I know that I have a lot of ground to cover. 🙂 I am sure I will find some great places to hike by following your blog as well!

  6. Thanks for following! I can’t to read about your adventures along the JMT this summer. JMT is on my to do list, but I have my sights set on the Wonderland trail this summer circumnavigating Mount Rainier. Good luck and happy adventuring!

    • Wow! I haven’t heard of the Wonderland trail. I just looked in up and it looks incredible. Great views the whole way I’m sure. It reminds me of Tour du Mont Blanc in how it navigates around a mountain. I’ll add this to my list and look forward to seeing your posts!

  7. Hey Drew! Thanks for dropping by and following my blog. The JMT looks like it would be amazing. I actually just watched the JMT documentary on Netflix called “Mile…Mile and A Half”. They did a really nice job with it. You should take a look if you haven’t already. 🙂

    • Hello Bena! I actually just watched that documentary last month. It’s a really good one. They did a great job of showing the beauty of the JMT. Living in CA, I get to see a lot of the Sierras, but this will be my first extended backpacking trip in the area.

  8. Hi Drew! I am really hoping to spend a week no the John Muir Trail this year as well! My boyfriend and I were thinking June or July. Do you have a time frame for your trip? How long will you all be on the trail? Can’t wait to read about it!

    • Hey! That’s awesome! It’s a great place to explore. We’re going to be out there for about 3 weeks in July. I’m looking into battery options for my camera. This will be one of the longest trips I’ve taken without access to a charger 🙂

  9. Hi Drew,

    I’m so glad you stopped by my blog as it gave me the chance to have a look at yours!

    Such a great blog, I’m looking to start hiking here in England and this blog will be awesome inspiration.



    • Hi Aaron,

      You’ve got a great page, I like the mix of adventure and food! I’m hoping to make it back to England some day to do a little hiking in the area.

      Best, Drew

  10. Hello great to meet you I am in awe of yur life style… woo even when I was your age I was married with children… mind you my eldest has travelled widely so I have been around the world in anicdotes ! Power to you thanks for the follow I wish you well enjoy you life ! I look forward to reading your blog!

  11. Thank you for stopping by my blog and for the like…I am a Cal Poly grad, too, (I hate to say this..1968…oh, dear, that makes it 40 years earlier…). Whenever I go back to the Central Coast I know I am home. Love your blog!

  12. Hey Drew!
    thanks for stopping by, I did the Salkantay Trek in 2012 too, a magical adventure! I have my eyes on Ojos del Salado now.

    Great blog, I will be following your adventures 😀

    • Hello Victoria! The Salkantay Trek is a magical adventure for sure. Ojos del Salado would be incredible! I’d love to do that and then head further down into Patagonia. I’m hoping to make it back down to Peru at some point for the Quyllur Rit’i festival. I look forward to following your adventures as well!

  13. Drew, Thanks for liking my blog here2where. We’re a different age group than you but love the outdoors and our adventures. I’m looking forward to following your blog. Happy trekking!

  14. Nice, My hopes are similar, to continue exploring the world. My next stop will be in Alaska in May for a summer job. I’m super stoked. Take care and thank you for the recent blog visit. 🙂

  15. Hi Drew,
    Thank you so much for your experiences which you shared with us. All this I find amazing and very, very useful. I’m from Bulgaria and have a plan to do Camino de Santiago this year, in September. In you I found a teacher and advisor and I’m going to follow your recommendations.
    Thank you again! I wish you to be healthy, happy and always searching new experiences.

    • Thank you very much for your kind words. I’m very glad to hear you have found this blog useful. Best of luck on your Camino in September. Buen Camino!

      • Muchas gracias amigo! I forgot to write my name in my previos post: my name is Petya. If you some times come to Bulgaria, you are welcome to our house 🙂

  16. Thank you for visiting my blog, following, and leading me to yours! I’ve been meaning to do a trip down to California and all your hiking reports of the trails there just might be the extra motivation to finally do it! Safe hikes and travels!

  17. Wow! You have done a lot of hiking and I can’t wait to read more about the Camino and Peru (love Peru!) I am off to Egypt to live and travel more in Africa and Asia which makes me very happy. I think my hiking will be limited to trying to cross the road in Cairo 🙂 Happy hiking and travels, Cheryl

    • Wow, Africa and Asia are continents I’m hoping to visit soon. So great to hear that’s where you’re headed. Thanks for stopping by the blog!

  18. Can’t wait to explore your blog!! The Camino …. Awesome. You just might have re-ignited the fire to do this trail. I shall look forward to reading your account.
    Very nice looking blog site too!
    Ps. Do you have a super cool brother? Lol I’m in need of an awesome BF that loves to do all this kind of thing….

  19. Hi Drew! Thanks for visiting and liking my post. I would like to explore your blog and be inspired by it. I only started trekking last year and hoping to climb more mountains. 😀

    • Thanks for stopping by! Trekking really opens up the world of travel, and makes things a lot more fun. You’ll get to see things and go places most people never do!

  20. Drew,

    Top notch site. Very inspiring on the trekking. I used to live on the Camino in France. Would get about 20-30 pilgrims a day passing by my door. I’ll have to follow in their footsteps one of these days.

    I’m thinking about where I could do some long treks around New Orleans. The Natchez Trace in Mississippi might be a possibility at some point. And I’m going to start getting in shape to do Kilimanjaro next summer. A long term goal is to follow the path Basho cut through Japan when he wrote “Narrow Road to the Interior.”

    Thanks so much for swinging by my blog. I’ll be checking in on your page for advice and all that. Much appreciated.

    All the good songs,

    Nick Fox

    • Thanks, Nick! Very cool that you lived on the Camino in France. I’d really like to go back and walk to Santiago from Le Puy some day. Let me know if you find any great treks in your area. I’d be interested in hearing if you find anything around NOLA. Kilimanjaro should be a great time. I’ve read a few trip reports, and hope to make it out for that trek someday. If I ever make it out to Japan, I’d love to walk the Shikoku Pilgrimage. It looks like a great trek.

  21. Drew, thanks for stopping by and the like to our post about hiking near Mt. Rainier. We appreciate it. We hope you continue having great adventures with your travels.

    Jim and Melanie in IA

  22. Hello Drew! Well…my love for hiking was birthed during the year and a half that I lived in Marin County!!! I love Point Reyes National Seashore!!!! After leaving there I went through withdrawals, longing to live in such abject beauty again!!! Now, I find myself surrounded by the Chugach National Forrest in Alaska and hiking trails abound here in our small remote town of Cordova! I am in heaven!!! I too have the travel bug and love to hope on a plane and head to some exotic place. Today, my family and I head to New Taipei, Taiwan to bring home our second son! …and the journey continues!!!! OH….I will be following your blog….because I saw some amazing shots in the few minutes I visited today before boarding that plane!!!

    • Hey Charley! Sounds like you’re living in a great area for outdoor exploration. Thanks for following along. I look forward to reading about your trip to Taiwan!

  23. Wow! Read some of your posts! You’re amazing!..with all those adventures you had in the mountains!
    I’m a newbie when it comes to hiking, but I would love to explore more! People like u are inspiring!
    Hope to follow some of yout trails someday! 🙂

    • Thanks, Katrina! It’s all about getting out there. Start small and enjoy the local trails near you, and then work your way up to some bigger adventures. Thanks for reading!

  24. I discovered your blog recently and I like it. I am new hiker since I didn’t know I could love it. This summer I went to the Canadian Rockies mountains in Alberta, they are amazing.
    I will be reading your post. Continue exploring the world and inspiring people 🙂

  25. Great blog, when I lived in Oregon/Washington I did part of the PCT. It was a total kick in the pants. Have visited many
    destinations here in Russia and hope to visit Lake Baikal this next year. I saw that you walked the Camino de Santiago, that’s another dream I have, not sure when it will happen. But I’m sure it will. Thanks.

  26. Wow! What a great hiking and travel site you got going, Drew! I just saw it for the first time and was astonished by the high quality photos and excellent writing. I have a blog mainly featuring easy to moderate hikes but I do enjoy reading about the bigger hikes and adventures. Keep up the great work! Best regards.

  27. Congrats for featuring on Discovery, Drew! Always been a big fan of your blog, and I’m looking forward to read your tips on planning a hike, especially as I’m starting to plan one such thing in Kyrgyzstan with my brother for next year.


  28. Very inspiring. Your pictures are amazing and your travels breathtaking. I also hiked Salkantay last October and have a reservation to Havasupai in November. I have Camino Santiago on my bucket list. Hoping to do that in the next few years. Thanks for the great info!

  29. My husband and I of nearly 50 years are doing the Camino in August/September of 2018, can’t wait
    If you want to add a great hike to your bucket list try the “West Coast Trail” In British Columbia Canada
    it’s a 75KL backpacking only hike, amazing scenery and somewhat challenging! We did it a few years back,
    it was a perfect sunny week of meeting many new friends…

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