2021 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.

2021 Challenge Goal

For 2021 I’ve signed up for the Adventure Series again. Follow my adventures starting January 1, 2021!

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)

2021 Hike List

#1 Whitetail Woods Regional Park, Rosemount, MN
#2 Coldwater Spring (U.S. National Park Service)/Dakota: Mní Ówe Sní, Minneapolis, MN
Adventure Series: National Recreation Area
#3 Crosby Farm Regional Park, St. Paul, MN
Adventure Series: Stewardship Hike
#4 Father Hennepin State Park, Isle, MN
#5 Savanna Portage State Park, McGregor, MN
#6 Ritter Farm Park, Lakeville, MN
Adventure Series: Reflection Hike
#7 Crosby Farm Regional Park, St. Paul, MN
Adventure Series: Stewardship Hike
#8 Fort Snelling State Park, St. Paul, MN
Adventure Series: Sunset Hike
#9 Crosby Farm Regional Park, St. Paul, MN
Adventure Series: Stewardship Hike
#10 Battle Creek Regional Park, St. Paul, MN
#11 Lake Carlos State Park, Carlos, MN
Adventure Series: Reflection Hike
#12 Nerstrand Big Woods State Park, Nerstrand, MN
Adventure Series: Waterfall Hike
#13 Wild River State Park, Center City, MN
#14 Minnehaha Trail, Pike Island Trail, and Coldwater Spring, Minneapolis, MN
#15 Elouise Butler Wildflower Garden, Quaking Bog and Trails of Theodore Wirth Regional Park, Minneapolis, MN
#16 Charles A. Lindbergh State Park, Little Falls, MN
#17 Crow Wing State Park, Brainerd, MN
#18 Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area, Ironton, MN
#19 Mesabi Trail at Hill Annex Mine State Park, Bigfork, MN
#20 Schoolcraft State Park, Grand Rapids, MN
#21 La Salle Lake State Recreation Area, Solway MN
#22 Buffalo River State Park, Glyndon MN

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