Gwen Loose

Gwen Loose is a lifelong hiker and leader in the Pennsylvania rails-to-trails movement. She is the author of We Were There Too, Pioneering Appalachian Trail Women (2020), which was developed as an extension of the thesis she completed during her graduate studies, which was in American Studies. Loose has served as the Board-Vice President and Museum Curator of the Appalachian Trail Museum since 2009.

May 30, 2023


When the Appalachian Trail project began, volunteer clubs up and down the length of the trail committed themselves to first scouting, then building, and then maintaining the trail.
Nov. 17, 2021


Explore the story of three changemakers who combined led, and continue to lead, the trail through its 100 years of history.