About Us

We’ve climbed, run, biked, hiked, swam, camped, and paddled all over the world, and we know how hard it is to do any of those things on an empty stomach.

We empower explorers to tackle their most ambitious and adventurous goals. By making sure you’re fully stocked with nourishing and lightweight meals for your trek, we promise you’ll have the energy to focus on everything else. We’re a company on a mission to educate adventurers about their environmental impact, and we aim to make food that sustains not only you and your adventure, but the environment you’re spending time in. That means that from our ingredients to our packaging, everything we produce takes into account the interconnectedness of food and the environment. Our packaging is 100% compostable, and our ingredients are thoughtfully sourced. Our retail line focuses on vegetarian and vegan offerings. And as a member of the 1% for the Planet Foundation, 1% of our annual sales goes to supporting Friends of Cedar Mesa, an organization in Bluff, Utah focused on protecting the Bears Ears Region. 

A Short History of TrailFork

In 2013, I was in the middle of a summer of adventure. Having read Michael Pollan’s The Omnivore’s Dilemma a few years prior, and being a then-follower of the Paleo diet, I was dismayed by the dehydrated food options available at the local gear store as I prepared for trips in Yosemite, British Columbia, the Wind Rivers, and southern Utah. Unwilling to buy a bunch of wasteful packaging filled with mystery ingredients, I set out to plan and prepare my own trail food. I was struck by how challenging it was to optimize both nutritional content and pack weight, and I wondered if other adventurers might like someone else (i.e., me) to do the planning and preparation for them.

In 2017, my friends and I were all fired up about founding a company with women at the helm. So I left my teaching career, ventured off the beaten path, enlisted my fearless friends Kira Hill-Filben and Cristyn Hypnar, cashed out some savings, and found a kitchen for rent in Boulder, Colorado.

Determined to found a company that not only produced food that we could feel good about buying and eating, but also that championed equity in the workplace, we launched TrailFork in August of 2017. A few months later, we were joined by my friend from high school and veteran entrepreneur Scot Frank. With a focus on our original mission (environmentally sensitive product; equity in representation; general promotion of fun), we launched a stand-alone retail line in February 2018.

Follow along with our adventures on social media @mytrailfork, and keep up with the unfolding of the TrailFork vision on our blog. We can’t wait to be part of your trip!

Lillian
Co-Founder, CEO
TrailFork