2022 MetroParks Trails Challenge

Explore a variety of trails — on your own schedule — for a chance to win prizes.

Are you ready to take on new trails? The 2022 MetroParks Trails Challenge is packed with hiking, walking, cycling, paddling, mountain biking and horseback riding adventures.

  • The 2022 challenge runs through Oct. 31.
  • 28 trails, selected to allow participants to customize their adventures and work up to more challenging trails.
  • Trails vary in length from 0.5 to 5.5 miles so there are many opportunities to invite family – including younger ones – on your outings.

The MetroParks Trails Challenge is a fun way to explore the region’s trails and stay active outdoors on your own time and at your own pace. With more than 6,000 participants of all ages and abilities in 2021, there are trails for everyone to enjoy. You can participate by completing just one trail or aim to complete all of them. Indeed, the MetroParks Trails Challenge is a convenient way to improve your physical and mental health while connecting with nature and enjoying an active, outdoor lifestyle.


Whether you check off just one or every trail, you’ll have a chance to snag cool prizes. You’ll be entered to win a $100 gift card to a local outdoor retailer of your choosing for each trail you complete. Complete all 28 trails and get 28 chances to win.

  • Everyone who completes at least 18 trails will receive a MetroParks Trails Challenge sticker. Additionally, 100 people who complete at least 18 trails will be selected at random to receive a 2022 Trails Challenge T-shirt.
  • Receive one entry to win a Huffy mountain bike for each mountain bike trail completed. Complete all three trails, and get three chances to win.
  • Youth ages 14 and younger who complete just one trail will be entered to win a Kid’s Adventure Pack, which includes cool outdoor gear. Youth will receive one entry for each trail they complete.
  • To enter to win, you must submit your trails log by Monday, Oct. 31.

New for 2022 (Coming Soon!)

MetroParks helps you go paperless with its mobile app, powered by OuterSpatial. Keep track of the trails you complete, save your progress and submit your log once completed. Download the free MetroParks mobile app for Apple and Android devices at metroparks.org/mobile.

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Registration is free and, while not required, you’ll receive emails with Trails Challenge tips and more information about how to Get Out & Live in your MetroParks.

  • Only one registration needed per email address.


Twelve of the trails in the challenge are segments of larger trails, meaning you may have to hike or bike back to your starting point or shuttle back. Mileage listed in the downloadable Trail Log is one-way for these trails. Other trails are loops, which means you will start and end at the same point.

Gauge such things as trail elevation, length and more before hitting the trails by downloading MetroParks’ mobile app, powered by OuterSpatial.

In addition to logistics, trailgoers should plan ahead for limitations to amenities such as restrooms, water fountains and more. For a complete list of MetroParks’ cancellations and closures, visit metroparks.org/COVID-19. Additionally, participants can check the status of the trails they wish to visit on:


While some of the trails included in the Challenge require special gear, you can walk, hike or run 21 of the 28 trails. Trails listed as “hike/bike” are paved recreation trails, whereas trails listed as “hike” are natural surface trails.

If you have the required gear to bike and paddle the trails, be sure to also use necessary safety equipment, including a helmet and life jacket, during your adventure. View a list of trail equipment rental locations.

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