2020 52 Hike Challenge

The Challenge

To complete a hike each week for one year. It can be a calendar year or one year from the time you start. The point is to hike weekly. More often if you choose. You determine the rules, though the suggested distance is a minimum of one mile. There are many ways to participate. Find out more by visiting the 52 Hike Challenge website.

2020 Challenge Goal

For 2020 I’ve signed up for the Adventure Series of the 52 Hike Challenge. Follow my adventures starting January 1, 2020!

5 Waterfalls (even if they are dry)
1 Forest (if not possible, go to National Park/ Site)
1 National Parks, Monuments, Preserves, Recreation Area or Historic Trail
2 Hikes with bodies of water: Lakes, Rivers, or Ocean 
1 Stewardship hike (Trail Maintenance, pick up trash, restoration project, etc.)
1 Group hike (if you are regular to one group, visit a new group to meet new people)
1 Hike where you Introduce someone to hiking 
1 Sunset or Sunrise hike
1 Hike from your Bucket list (somewhere you have always wanted to go)
Reflection hikes (journal at the beginning, middle, and towards the end of your challenge)
Substitutions based on the pandemic: Microadventure

My Personal 52 Hike Guidelines

– Hikes must be on dirt whenever possible.
– The minimum distance must be two miles.
– I can hike solo or with friends.
– I will carry my backpack with my hiking basics (the 10 Essentials)
– I will share my trip plan (where I’m going, the trial I plan to hike, how long I expect to be gone)

2020 Hike List

#1 Clifton E. French Regional Trail, Plymouth, MN
#2 Eagle Creek Park, Indianapolis, IN
Adventure Series: Hike with a body of water
#3 Lowry Nature Center, Victoria, MN
#4 Lebanon Hills Regional Park, Eagan, MN
#5 Pike Island Trail, Fort Snelling State Park, St. Paul, MN
#6 Minnesota Valley Wildlife Refuge Long Meadow Lake Unit, Bloomington, MN
Adventure Series: Hike with a body of water
#7 Deadman’s, Wolf Creek, High Bluff and Quarry Loop Trails, Banning State Park, Sandstone, MN
#8 Minnesota Valley Wildlife Refuge Long Meadow and Black Dog Lake Units, Bloomington, MN
#9 Snelling Lake and Pike Island Trails, Fort Snelling State Park, St. Paul, MN
Adventure Series: Sunset Hike
#10 Minnesota Valley Wildlife Refuge Long Meadow Unit, Bloomington, MN
#11 Lebanon Hills Regional Park, Eagan, MN
#12 Murphy-Hanrehan Park Reserve, Savage, MN
#13 West River Parkway, City of Minneapolis
Stewardship Hike: Love Your Trail:Trash the Trash
#14 Snelling Lake Trail, Fort Snelling State Park, St. Paul, MN
#15 West River Parkway and Mississippi Gorge Regional Park, Minneapolis, MN
#16 West River Parkway and Winchell Trail, Minneapolis, MN
#17 Microadventure: Minneapolis Pioneers and Soldiers Memorial Cemetery, Minneapolis, MN
#18 Microadventure : Tiny Mile at Home (52 laps!)
Adventure Series: Reflection Hike #1
#19 Microadventure : Photo Safari
#20 Pike Island Trail, Fort Snelling State Park, St. Paul, MN
#21 Long Meadow Trail, Mississippi Valley Wildlife Refuge, Bloomington, MN
Adventure Series: Reflection Hike #2
#22 Crosby Farm Regional Park, St. Paul, MN
Adventure Series: Stewardship hike (Trail Maintenance, pick up trash, restoration project, etc.)
#23 Coldwater Spring, Mississippi National River and Recreation Area, Minneapolis, MN
Adventure Series: National Parks, Monuments, Preserves, Recreation Area or Historic Trail, Stewardship hike (Trail Maintenance, pick up trash, restoration project, etc.)
#24 Coldwater Spring, Mississippi National River and Recreation Area, Minneapolis, MN
Adventure Series: National Parks, Monuments, Preserves, Recreation Area or Historic Trail, Stewardship hike (Trail Maintenance, pick up trash, restoration project, etc.)
#25 Coldwater Spring, Mississippi National River and Recreation Area, Minneapolis, MN
Adventure Series: National Parks, Monuments, Preserves, Recreation Area or Historic Trail, Stewardship hike (Trail Maintenance, pick up trash, restoration project, etc.)
#26 Coldwater Spring, Mississippi National River and Recreation Area, Minnehaha Trail, Fort Snelling State Park, Minneapolis, MN
Adventure Series: Hikes with bodies of water
#27 Coldwater Spring, Mississippi National River and Recreation Area, Minneapolis, MN
Adventure Series: National Parks, Monuments, Preserves, Recreation Area or Historic Trail, Stewardship hike (Trail Maintenance, pick up trash, restoration project, etc.)
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