Trail Trek Challenge
The Challenge is YOURS!
Trail Trek Challenge is a FREE year-round hiking program for everyone.
The Trail Trek Challenge is a year-round hike/walk program on the nature preserves you've helped protect in five counties of Wisconsin's Driftless Area. Challenge yourself to hike at least five of the trails to discover nature's treasures and become eligible for some great drawing prizes! We currently have nearly 700 people participating!
When you sign up, you will receive a confirmation message and an email with a link to your downloadable Trail Guide & Hike Log with hike descriptions and a place to record the trails and qualifying events you've hiked throughout the year. Downloadable trail maps and driving directions to each hike location are available at the link under "Trail maps" below. As a registered participant, you'll also receive our Hike of the Month feature each month.
To receive updates about the Trail Trek Challenge and all our guided hikes, sign up for Mississippi Valley Conservancy's monthly e-newsletter.
You must get your Hike Log to us by April 16, 2021, to be eligible for the prize drawing on April 24 during this year's virtual Earth Fair!
Trail maps for each of the Trail Trek Challenge hikes can be viewed and downloaded from the Nature Preserves section of this website. Please refer to your Trail Guide & Hike Log for the list of trails and qualifying events.
Protect your health and community health when outside of your home. Always practice physical distancing, and follow the current guidelines of your local government or the federal Centers for Disease Control, whichever are more restrictive.
Other qualifying events
All the Conservancy's guided hikes also qualify as Trail Trek Challenge activities. You'll find them listed on the back of your Trail Guide & Hike Log. Details for each event can be found on our Events page. Did you snowshoe or cross-country ski this winter? If so, you can count those outings as hikes in the Trail Trek Challenge, too.
Hike of the month
Watch for our monthly hike features in your email.
June Hike of the Month: Holland Sand Prairie Due to wet trails, we had to change our hike recommendation for June. Thanks to the deep-rooted prairie plants, too much rain is rarely a problem at the Holland Sand Prairie.
Here's a recent video we made at the Holland Sand Prairie. Watching it before you go will help you know what to look forwhen you visit!
Trail condition updates & reminders
Melting snow may result in muddy trails, and hiking through and around the mud damages sensitive wildlife habitats. If you come upon a muddy trail, please go back – don't go around. TIP: The flatter prairie properties tend to be better drained and less muddy.
REMINDER: Dogs are not allowed on the majority of the Conservancy's nature preserves. Please see the downloadable trail maps for details about recreational use policies at the nature preserves you plan to visit.
Sign up below for the 2020-2021 Trail Trek Challenge
IT'S NOT OVER!!! After registering, you'll receive a confirmation message and an email with a link to your downloadable Trail Guide & Hike Log with hike descriptions and a place to record the trails and qualifying events you've hiked throughout the year. You have until April 16 to complete 5 hikes and get your Hike Log to us to be eligible for our prize drawing during earth Fair on April 24th.
We thank these generous supporters of the 2020-2021 Trail Trek Challenge
Mayo Clinic Health System, Organic Valley, Gundersen Health System, Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration, Viroqua Area Foundation, Altra Financial Advisors, People’s Food Cooperative, Trust Point, Inc., Verve – a Credit Union, WKBT/News 8 Now, Dairyland Power Cooperative, Mid-West Family La Crosse, 4imprint.com
Photo courtesy of Tom Rhorer