Making History on Horseback: A Pacific Crest Trail Triumph

Gillian Larson’s short film ‘The Thru Rider’ is finally here. Watch one woman and her horse ride victorious over the entire Pacific Crest Trail.

The premise of “The Thru Rider” is simple: one woman, one horse, and 2,600 miles of trail. Created in partnership with Firestone Walker and directed by Dylan Lucas Gordon, the short film recounts Larson’s solo mission to ride the Pacific Crest Trail. She completed the entire PCT, from Mexico to Canada, on horseback.

Larson’s bio of accomplishments is impressive. She’s the youngest woman to thru-ride the PCT on horseback — and she has done it three times. She was also the first person to thru-ride both the PCT and Colorado’s Continental Divide Trail — accumulating more than 10,000 backcountry wilderness miles.

And as far as she knows, she’s still the only person to thru-ride the entire 3,100-mile CDT, which she accomplished in 2018.

This year, she’ll support and guide an international thru-ride couple in completing the PCT on horseback.  Watch now above, or read more about Larson’s thru-rides here.

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Mary Murphy

Mary Murphy is the Managing Editor of GearJunkie and serves as the leader of Lola Digital Media’s DEI Committee.

She has been writing about hiking, running, climbing, camping, skiing, and more for seven years, and has been on staff at GearJunkie since 2019. Prior to that, Mary wrote for 5280 Magazine in Denver while working as an outdoor instructor teaching climbing, kayaking, paddleboarding, and mountain biking at Avid4Adventure. Based in Denver, Colorado, Murphy is an avid hiker, runner, backpacker, skier, yogi, and pack-paddleboarder.

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