At the beginning of this year, we set a few goals to achieve throughout 2018, one of which being completing the 52 Hike Challenge, which is a challenge to do 52 hikes throughout the year (ideally 1 a week). And we’re SO EXCITED to share that as of October 21st, we are done with the challenge! Two and a half months early!
Being out in nature helps us in so many ways–it eases our anxiety and stress, pushes us physically and mentally, and it is a way for us to unplug and unwind after a long week. And completing this challenge was such a fun way for us to increase these benefits, make more time for nature, hike new trails, and give ourselves something to work towards.
We thought it would be fun to write a quick blog post sharing some photos and stats from the challenge. If you want to get outdoors more, find a way to unwind, or just love challenging yourself, we highly recommend trying the 52 Hike Challenge! Keep scrolling to read more about our experience. 🙂
Leave No Trace Principles
Before embarking on your adventure, please review the Leave No Trace principles to ensure you leave every place better than you found it, so that others can enjoy these beautiful places for many years to come!
- Plan ahead & prepare. Make sure you research and prepare for every adventure so that you know the rules, stay safe, and to minimize resource damage.
- Travel & camp on durable surfaces. Stay on the trail and only camp in designated areas, as well as the required length away from water sources.
- Dispose of waste properly. Whatever you pack in, pack it out! Make sure to carry out your trash, as well as any trash you find. If you have a dog, please do not leave poop bags on the trail. For human waste, use a trowel to dig a hole far from water sources or use a wag bag (sometimes required).
- Leave what you find. Do not take any items from the trail with you, including rocks, plants, or artifacts.
- Minimize campfire impacts. Know the rules of where you can and cannot have campfires and if allowed, use designated fire rings. Use local firewood to prevent bringing any pests or diseases to the area you’re visiting and make sure to fully extinguish your fire.
- Respect wildlife. Keep your distance from wildlife, control your pets on the trail, and never ever feed them! Make sure to keep your food stored properly as well (we like this bear canister).
- Be considerate of other visitors. Be respectful to others on the trail. Hikers going uphill have the right of way on hikes and it’s always courteous to let those quicker than you pass. Avoid playing music out loud, talking loudly, and having your pets bother others.
Our 52 Hike Challenge Stats
Miles hiked: 287
Number of unique hikes: 52–We didn’t repeat any trails which is crazy!
States we hiked in: Washington, Oregon, Hawaii, and Utah
Countries we hiked in: Canada (British Columbia + Alberta) and Scotland
Favorite hikes: It’s very hard to choose a favorite, so here are our top 10, in no particular order. Click the bolded hikes to read about our experience hiking them!
- Mount St. Helens (Washington)
- Panorama Ridge (British Columbia)
- The Narrows (Zion National Park-Utah)
- Old Man of Storr (Scotland)
- Plain of Six Glaciers (Banff National Park- Alberta)
- Observation Point (Zion National Park-Utah)
- No Name Lake (Oregon)
- Pipiwai Trail (Haleakala National Park-Maui)
- Navaho Peak (Washington)
- Mailbox Peak (Washington)
So now that we have completed the challenge, what’s next? Well, since we’re big fans of pushing ourselves, we decided that we didn’t want to stop the challenge this early, so we are now upping the challenge and shooting for 65 hikes for the year. We have about 8 weeks left in the year, so we have some work to do, but we can’t wait to crush our next goal!
So who’s ready to try the 52 Hike Challenge? Let us know below! We’d love to cheer you on 🙂