GOAL: Hike with your pet(s) 52 times in a year on a pet-friendly trail, for at least one (1) mile.
- Stimulate Your Minds
- Explore Nature Together
- Connect With Family, Friends, & Pet(s)
- Boost Memory and Concentration
- Increase Energy Levels
- Burn Calories
- Increases Creativity
- Learn Healthy Habits
- Gain Mental Awareness
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52 Hike Challenge Pet Series
IT'S TIME TO COMMIT TO THE OUTDOORS WITH YOUR FUR BABIES...
To celebrate our 5-year anniversary, we decided to inspire pet owners & lovers to get outdoors with their pals!
WHAT BETTER WAY TO KEEP YOU AND FIDO HAPPY & HEALTHY!
Dogs need exercise daily! Not only will fido thank you and get the physical activity he/she needs, it will help you stay fit, while improving the quality of your lives!
ADVENTURE WITH YOUR PAL ON PET-FRIENDLY TRAILS ALL-YEAR LONG
With our challenge, we want you to explore the empowerment, bonding, and grandeur found in nature alongside the pet(s). Plus, being outside is free, good for overall well-being!
How it works
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 #52HikeChallengePetSeries #52HikeChallenge
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 with your pet 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.
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!
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). Just make sure you are only going on pet-friendly trails and please pick up after your pal. Read our blog post: The Dos And Don’ts of Hiking With Your Dog And Other Pets here.
Is there a list of hikes I need to complete?
No, this is about you making a commitment and getting your pet(s) outdoors more, so it can be something from a nature walk to a longer hike. 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.
Can I repeat a hike? Do they have to be different?
You can repeat the same hike. They do not have to be different hikes or trails. Please make sure you respect park rules and double check your pet is allowed on the trail you pick.
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 and your pet(s) 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 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 via our blog post.
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 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 #52HikeChallengePetSeries, #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.