Trail Trek Challenge

Photo courtesy of Bruce Bartel.

The Challenge is YOURS!
Trail Trek Challenge is a FREE year-round
hiking program for all to enjoy.

Registration for the 2024-2025 Trail Trek Challenge is now OPEN!  

Registration for the 2024-2025 Trail Trek Challenge kicks off at Earth Fair on April 28th with a hike at the La Crosse Marsh at Myrick Park. Register by filling out the form at the bottom of this page(Photo courtesy of Bruce Bartel)


About Trail Trek Challenge

Trail Trek Challenge is a free year-round hike/walk program on the nature preserves you've helped protect in Wisconsin's Driftless Area. Challenge yourself to hike at least five of the 18 designated trails to discover nature's treasures and learn what makes these places so valuable for everyone who lives, works, and plays here.

Those who register for the 2024-2025 Trail Trek Challenge will be eligible to earn an official weatherproof and dishwasher proof sticker for completing 5 hikes. Registrants will also receive our Conservancy Notes emails (semi-monthly) with information about free guided hikes and latest local conservation news (option to unsubscribe is always available).


Bring friends or go solo. The Trail Trek Challenge lets you walk when and where you choose.

When you sign up (below), you'll receive a confirmation email with a link to your downloadable Trail Guide & Hike Log with hike descriptions and a place to record your hikes throughout the year. Downloadable trail maps and driving directions to each hike location are available from the Nature Preserves section of this website. As a registered participant, you'll also receive our Conservancy News email where you can learn about trail conditions, upcoming guided hikes in our Linked to the Land program, plus local conservation news.


Trail maps and treasure hunts

Trail maps and discovery challenges (called Find Nature's Treasures) can be viewed and downloaded from the Nature Preserves section of this website (look for the nature preserve listings that show the words Trail Trek Challenge). Refer to your Trail Guide & Hike Log for the full list of trails. The trail maps include information about activities allowed and not allowed on each nature preserve. 


Hike of the Month

The following hike destinations are recommended for their seasonal attributes and trail conditions. They are not organized hikes – just suggestions for places you can organize your own hike! Click on the links below to learn more about each nature preserve and download trail maps. For a complete list, visit the Nature Preserves section of this website (look for the nature preserve listings that show the words Trail Trek Challenge). 

January Hike of the Month: Miller Bluff at Rim of the City Road Trailhead

February Hike of the Month: Snowshoeing in the Driftless

March Hike of the Month: Tunnelville Cliffs State Natural Area

April Hike of the Month: Holland Sand Prairie

May Hike of the Month: Sugar Creek Bluff

July Hike of the Month: Borah Creek

August Hike of the Month: Easter Road (Hass Tract) / La Crosse Blufflands

September Hike of the Month: New Amsterdam Grasslands

October Hike of the Month: Greens Coulee

November Hike of the Month: Little Bluff


Trail condition updates & reminders

If you can see your tracks, please GO BACK. DON'T GO AROUND. Going around the edges of muddy trails only makes things worse by damaging sensitive habitat, and it causes erosion, water contamination, and allows invasive plant species to take hold.

Trails are currently CLOSED at La Crosse River Conservancy due to high water.

Some of the well-drained prairie preserves, such as Holland Sand Prairie and Tunnelville Cliffs are good options in spring, when other trails may be 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.

We thank these generous supporters of the 2024-2025 Trail Trek Challenge:

J.F. Brennan Company, Organic Valley, Gundersen Health System, Mayo Clinic Health System, Trust Point, Altra Financial Advisors, People’s Food Cooperative, WKBT/News 8 Now, Dairyland Power Cooperative, La Crosse Public Library, Explore La Crosse



One participant per entry, please. Multiple entries may share the same email address.