Introducing the 52 hike challenge
national parks series
a lifetime goal like no other...
To celebrate our 5-year anniversary, we decided to challenge you to a lifetime goal - to live a life of adventure, all while hiking and seeing your countries' greatest treasures.
to visit & HIKE at LEAST 52
nationally designated PARKS / areas in your lifetime
Did you know there are 419 nationally designated areas in the U.S. alone? Only 62 of these places are called "National Parks." (All Nationally designated areas around the world are included.)
Explore the magic of our public lands
With our new challenge, we want you to explore the empowerment, healing, and grandeur found in the beauty of our national parks. There's nothing like standing at the edge of a grand canyon, the beauty of a bison eating in a vast grass prairie, or massive granite rock walls that take one's breath away. One thing's for sure, there's something for you to draw great inspiration and awe from.
To Keep Yourself, family & friends Motivated to stay close to nature
With our new challenge we are asking you to get back outside and enjoy the beauty of nature on your own, or loved ones and friends. We want to inspire you to sit and contemplate life. To be mindful again. To bond while on a grand adventure.
Image by Chrissy Livergood
How it works
4. Start planning your next trip.
We will be providing you with a bucket list document to help you start planning. Please check back in the next week. In the meantime, start daydreaming of all the possibilities.
5. Enjoy each visit.
The only way to start something, is to do it. Enjoy each adventure and make sure to tag us on social using the hashtags #52HikeChallengeNationalParksSeries #52HikeChallenge2020 and #52HikeChallenge
6. 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?
NOW, so get out there and start counting your National Park/ Area hikes! This is a lifetime 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 all, we'll count 1-mile minimum as a hike. This includes a walk, hike, a snowshoe adventure on flat land (for those who are in colder climates), a trail run, a climb in the mountains, etc.
What Parks Qualifies?
The 52 Hike Challenge National Parks Edition was designed to help you live a life of adventure. People can take this challenge all over the world. Any nationally designated park /area qualifies, even outside your country.
Can I repeat a hike in the same park or do they have to be all new?
While it's great to explore one park in depth, our challenge was designed to get you into as many parks and areas as possible, one hike per park will count for your National Parks Series goal in a lifetime. A part of the fun is checking out new trails, parks / areas and scenery.
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!
Do I have complete 52 Hikes in National Parks / Areas in a year?
No, this is a lifetime goal, so get out and start exploring.
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 walk to a full-fledged mountaineering expedition. 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.
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 join your park on a docent led hike. 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 will be using 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 #52HikeChallenge2020, #52HikeChallengeNationalParksSeries, #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 hikes to help you stay motivated.
Can I count previous hikes? I just found out about the challenge and have been hiking at many parks already.
We want this challenge to be intentional. However, we understand some of you will want to challenge yourselves to visit as many National Parks / Areas as possible. Therefore, you can count all the Nationally designated spaces you have previously hiked at least one mile in. This challenge is about immersing yourself in nature to gain the physical, mental, spiritual and emotional benefit that come from hiking in nature. Get out there and enjoy your journey.
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!
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.
Are there any prizes or awards?
Did someone say bragging rights? Personal growth?! Physical fitness?!! All jokes aside, we are super stoked you took the challenge and want to hook you up for being awesome! Make sure to fill out the finisher form for a yearly chance to win an awesome Prize Pack!
A poRtion of each item SOLD in the National Parks Collection will go back to the parks.
We know that this is a challenge that will bring you a lifetime of adventure, now your travels will revolve around the outdoors, but guess whats else? We are committed to our trails. A portion of all sales will go back to the National Parks to help maintain the trails we love! We would love to hear your thoughts on where to donate these funds. Keep an eye out for an email with details.