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Blue-Blazed Trails Hiking Challenge

Need an excuse to get outside or check out a new hiking trail? Looking for more adventures? Craving a new personal challenge for yourself? The Blue-Blazed Hiking Challenge invites you to discover the Blue-Blazed Hiking Trail System, a fantastic way to revitalize and uplift your body and mind!

Hike any of the trails in the trail system and accumulate miles, memories, and more hiking experience as you go. There is no time limit—you can complete a challenge category in a single season or across your entire hiking lifetime. Take your time and enjoy going for hikes when you can. Each completed challenge category wins you a prize!

Rules: 

Please virtually sign-up for this challenge through this Google Form Sign-up.

1. Hike any of the CFPA-designated Blue-Blazed Trails 
2. Please only count one-way mileage (no backtracking) and Do Not repeat miles on the same trail—we have so many trails to discover! 
3. There is no time limit—do this at your own leisure! 
4. Keep track of your mileage by downloading our Google Sheets Log or MS Excel Log:
-Google Sheets: Log into your Google Drive account →  Click link above →  File →  Make a copy → Open copy in your drive account to edit
-MS Excel: Click link above →  File →  Download →  Microsoft Excel (.xlsx) → Save and then open in Excel to edit
5. Practice Leave No Trace principles, respect the land, and stay on the trails—many of our trails reside on privately owned land.
6. Have fun!!!!
 
Once you have finished a challenge category, please fill out and submit this Airtable Challenge Completion Form. Submit a new response for each category you achieve.

If you have previously started this challenge before this relaunch when it was the Blue Trails Challenge, please fill out the Sign-up Google Form. There will be a question to indicate that you’re a previously continuing participant.

Challenge Categories and Corresponding Prizes:

► 50 miles: Hiking Challenge patch
► 200 miles: Hiking Challenge stainless steel water bottle
► 400 miles: Hiking Challenge winter fleece beanie
► 800 miles: Hiking Challenge fleece vest

 

If you're new to the trails, the Blue-Blazed Hiking Trails Challenge is a chance to discover the refreshed and invigorated mind and body that hiking can bring. If you're already a hiker, this challenge is another way to keep active and explore new trails outside your immediate region, in different seasons, and with a new purpose. Hike on your own, with your dog, with family, with friends, or with your hiking / outdoor outing club. Pass the word and encourage others to take the challenge! If you’re looking for inspiration, meet our current 800-Milers from the previous Blue Trails Challenge! 

When you’ve completed a challenge category, fill out the Airtable Challenge Completion Form (linked under ‘Rules’) and stop into our office to pick up your prize! We can take a photo of you with your favorite hiking boots and the prize you earned. 

By sharing your story on our Challenge Completion Form, your story could be featured on our webpage and social media profiles! You can also share your stories and photos of your hiking challenge adventures to your personal profiles using any of these hashtags: #BlueBlazedHikingChallenge, #BBHikingChallenge, #CFPAHike, #CFPABlueBlazed, #BlueBlazedTrails, #CFPAHikeChallenge, #CFPABBT

For more information about hiking on our trails:

  • Visit our interactive trails map for up-to-date trail information, driving directions to trailheads, and current trail notices. 
  • Visit our Hiker Resources page for general information and advice about hiking. 
  • See our Connecticut Walk Book for a comprehensive guide to the Blue-Blazed Trails, including detailed maps and specific information about our trails. 

If you have any outstanding questions or concerns, please email Kate at kchamberland@ctwoodlands.org.