2021 MetroParks Trails Challenge

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

2021 MetroParks Trail Challenge

The MetroParks Trails Challenge is back — with new trails and more time in which to complete them. The MetroParks Trails Challenge is a fun way to explore the region’s trails. It is also a fun way to stay active outdoors on your own time and at your own pace.

  • The 2021 challenge started Feb. 1 and runs through Oct. 31.
  • 28 trails for hiking, walking, cycling, paddling, running, mountain biking and even horseback riding.
  • Trails selected allow participants to customize their adventures and work up to more challenging trails.
  • Trails vary in length, from 0.71 to 6 miles, so there are many opportunities to invite family — including younger ones — on your outings.

You can participate by completing just one trail. And because you explore the trails in your own way, it’s easy to practice safe social distancing while participating in the challenge. Indeed, the new MetroParks Trails Challenge is a convenient way to improve your physical and mental health while connecting with nature and enjoying an active lifestyle.

YOUR CHANCE TO WIN

Whether you check off just one trail or every trail, you’ll have a chance to snag cool stuff!

  • Complete just one trail in the challenge and you’ll be entered to win a $100 gift card to a local outdoor gear or bike shop of your choosing. You’ll receive one entry 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. Also, 100 people completing at least 18 trails will be selected at random to receive a MetroParks Trails Challenge T-shirt.
  • New for 2021! Everyone who completes just one mountain bike trail will be entered to win a Huffy Mountain Bike. You will receive one entry for each mountain bike trail completed. Complete all 3 trails and get 3 chances to win.
  • New for 2021! Youth ages 14 and younger who complete just one trail will be entered to win a Kids Adventure Pack, which includes cool outdoor gear. Youth will receive one entry for each trail they complete. Complete all 28 trails and get 28 chances to win.
  • To enter to win, just submit your Trails Log. Winners will be notified by e-mail or phone after Oct. 31.

Register Now

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.

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

Thirteen 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. The remaining 15 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:

NO GEAR – NO PROBLEM

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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