GOAL: Hike one NEW trail each week for an entire year.
- Recharge Your Mind
- Explore Nature
- Connect With Family, Friends and Yourself!
- Boost Memory and Concentration
- Increase Energy Levels
- Burn Calories
- Increases Creativity
- Learn Healthy Habits
- Gain Mental Awareness
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LEARN MORE ABOUT THE
52 Hike Challenge Explorer Series
IT'S TIME TO EXPLORE 52 NEW TRAILS
The Explorer Series is a commitment to hike 52 NEW places or trails.
In 2017 we decided it would be a true challenge for some people to explore a new trail every week. Many challengers have already done so, and have inspired us to get you to explore new places you may not even know about.
WHAT BETTER WAY TO CARE FOR YOUR MIND, BODY & SOUL
We believe this challenge will inspire you and make your 52 Hike Challenge journey memorable for years to come. Not only is the outdoors good for your mental, physical and emotional health, but it connects you to yourself.
ADVENTURE ALL-YEAR LONG AND VISIT PLACES YOU NEVER KNEW YOU WOULD
Explore new trails, find inner peace, and invite friends and family to enjoy the journey with.
You won't regret it.
How it works
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Sign up for the Explorer Series challenge above.
Enjoy each visit.
The only way to start something, is to go out and do it. Enjoy each adventure and make sure to tag us on social using the hashtags #52HikeChallengeExplorerSeries #52HikeChallenge #52HikeChallenge(YEAR)
Share the challenge with your loved ones
Spread the hiking and adventure love. Tell your friends and family about your challenge and see how many people you can inspire to get outdoors too.
- When does the challenge start?
You have 52 weeks to complete the challenge from the date of your first hike. You can start NOW, by signing up for the current year challenge or start on a future date as well. The most important thing is to get out there and start counting your hikes! This is a yearlong goal and we want you to embrace it from the date you first learned about the challenge and committed to it.
- What is considered a "Hike"?
Since it is our mission to make this challenge accessible to people of all abilities, we'll count 1-mile minimum as a hike. This includes a walk in your neighborhood, hike, a snowshoe adventure on flat land (for those who are in colder climates).
- Can I repeat a hike? Do they have to be different?
For the Explorer Series, you cannot repeat the same trail in a calendar year or the 52 hike period. You can combine a new trail with an old one though, and it will count. All 52 hikes should be unique.
- Is there a list of hikes I need to complete?
No, this is about you making a commitment and getting outdoors more, so it can be something from a nature walk to a longer hike. However, for the Explorer series you must hike a different trail for it to count towards your challenge. You can combine a new trail with an old one though, and it will count. All 52 hikes should be unique. We do have a log, download it here! In addition, we find a lot of challengers get hiking ideas from searching what others have posted using hashtag #52HikeChallenge. Searching this in Instagram reveals a lot of cool places to put on your bucket list, click this link to see what other challengers are sharing.
- How do I find hikes?
Check out our Finding Trails page, you can also do an online search, or buy a local hiking book. :) Better yet, stop by the local ranger station of your chosen park / area and get their recommendation. You can also learn more on our Planning Your Hikes & Goal Setting For Your 52 Hike Challenge blog post.
- Can I do the 52 Hike Challenge if I am in another country?
YES!! The challenge is open to anyone anywhere in the world. To date we've had hikers in Canada, Egypt, Poland, Puerto Rico, Venezuela, Indonesia and more!
- I just found out about the challenge. Can I count previous hikes?
We want this challenge to be intentional. This challenge is about immersing yourself in nature to gain the physical, mental, spiritual and emotional benefit that come from the outdoors. So please start counting one year from the first day you started your first hike.
- Will I be doing the hikes with 52 Hike Challenge?
We really want everybody around the world to be doing this - and we just can't be everywhere at the same time, so unfortunately no. However, you can check your park on docent led hikes. We also host pop-up hikes that occur in many areas, please sign up for our newsletter where we announce our group trips. Other than that, we hope we gave you all the resources (clothing/gear recommendations and hiking groups) you need to get started in your area!
- How will you keep track of my hikes?
We currently use social media and a bit of the honor system. To do this, we ask that you post a picture of your hike on social media and tell us what hike number it is by using hashtags. For example, hike one will be #hike1, hike two will be #hike2, and so on, as well as tagging us at #52HikeChallenge(YEAR) or #52HikeChallengeExplorerSeries, #52HikeChallenge and @52HikeChallenge so that we can see your progress. We also hope that in the process you encourage more friends and family to get outdoors and join you! In addition, we have provided a Hiking Log for you to download and strongly encourage you to keep track of your kids hikes to help you and them to stay motivated.
- Are there any prizes or awards?
We are happy you are doing the challenge! Make sure to fill out the finisher form for a yearly chance to win an awesome Prize Pack and get listed on the Official 52 Hike Challenge Finishers Page! You can also purchase a finisher medal on our site.
- Why did you start this Challenge?
Most of it is covered under "About Us". We really believe getting outdoors can change people's lives for the better. As you can imagine, we have had a great journey and our lives have changed - we also believe if we can do it, so can you!
- I have other questions not listed here...
Please review our general F.A.Q's here. If your question still hasn't been answered please use our contact form to submit your questions to us.