Our Experience with the 52 Hike Challenge

Oct 28, 2018

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. 🙂

Reminder: Leave No Trace

Before starting your adventure, please review the Leave No Trace principles to ensure you leave the places you explore even better than you found them.

  1. Plan ahead and prepare: Know the regulations, prepare for different weather conditions, and pack the 10 essentials.
     
  2. Travel and camp on durable surfaces: Travel on designated trails and camp at designated sites at least 200 ft away from water sources.
     
  3. Dispose of waste properly: Pack it in, pack it out. Carry ALL trash with you and dig a 6-8″ cat hole for human waste, 200 ft away from water.
     
  4. Leave what you find: Take only pictures, leave only footprints.
     
  5. Minimize campfire impacts: If fires are allowed, use established fire rings. Keep fires small and put out fires completely.
     
  6. Respect wildlife: Do not approach or feed wildlife, keep pets under control, and store your food properly.
     
  7. Be considerate of others: Yield to hikers going uphill and keep noises down.

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!

  1. Mount St. Helens (Washington)
  2. Panorama Ridge (British Columbia)
  3. The Narrows (Zion National Park-Utah)
  4. Old Man of Storr (Scotland)
  5. Plain of Six Glaciers (Banff National Park- Alberta)
  6. Observation Point (Zion National Park-Utah)
  7. No Name Lake (Oregon)
  8. Pipiwai Trail (Haleakala National Park-Maui)
  9. Navaho Peak (Washington)
  10. 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 🙂

about us

Hi y’all! We’re Adam, Kathryn, and Kona, an adventurous married couple (+ pup!) living on the road in our self-converted sprinter van! You can often find us driving all around the US and Canada, scoping out the best coffee shops, eating tacos and ice cream (we’re a 5+ taco and 2+ scoop household), and enjoying nature.

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2 Comments

  1. Suzanne

    How many hikes do you have left after this weekend…11?

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    • Kathryn Frazer

      We have 12! We are hopeful we will be able to reach our new goal!

      Reply

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