Photo Credit: Cameron Gillie, Harrison Hills Segment.

Mammoth Hike Challenge

Earn a limited-edition patch and certificate!

Hike 40 miles on the Ice Age Trail AND visit three Trail Communities.

The Ice Age National Scenic Trail Turns 40!

Celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Ice Age Trail becoming a National Scenic Trail (the official signing took place on October 3, 1980) by joining us for the Mammoth Hike Challenge!

Hike 40 miles on the Ice Age Trail during the month of October 2020 and visit three of our Trail Communities to earn a hiking certificate and a limited-edition patch celebrating the 40th anniversary.

You may hike, walk, run, or backpack – whatever suits your lifestyle – and log your miles over days, weekends, weeks, or one big adventure.

You have the entire month of October to do it!

All abilities. All ages. All welcome.

Join the Challenge!

All ages. All abilities. All welcome!

Sign up as an individual, a couple, a family or even a team.

You’ll receive a special Mammoth Hike Challenge itinerary highlighting Fall colors, Ice Age Trail Communities, and local businesses to support along the way.

You’ll also have access to the StriveON app to help create a one of a kind hiking experience (more details coming soon!).

FAQs: We've Got Answers!

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Do my 40 miles have to be unique?

No! We want this to be as accessible to all hikers as possible. You may hike your favorite segment(s) again and again, if you like. Simply make sure the miles you hike add up to 40.

Why do I need to register?

When you register you will receive exclusive resources, like access to the StriveON app and the itineraries. Your registration helps us track the interest and success of this initiative which is supported by grant funding through the Wisconsin Department of Tourism.

Don’t forget, to receive the patch and certificate, you also must fill out the Completion form when finished!

May we sign up as a team?

Yes! Please do. If you enjoy hiking with a partner, appreciate the accountability, or want to encourage your family, then signing up as a team is for you.

You will be able to register multiple participants under one registration where miles can be cumulative. Upon completion, you will be able to indicate how many certificates and patches are needed for your team members.

Please designate either yourself, or someone else in your group (or family), to be the Team Captain. The captain will be responsible for filling out the completion form. He/she/they will be sent the certificates and patches to distribute among team/family members.

How many Trail Communities do I need to visit?

Ideally, you will visit three Trail Communities, however, we understand that during the coronavirus pandemic, folks may feel uncomfortable traveling too far outside their immediate area.

At the most basic level, we ask you visit and support at least one Ice Age Trail Community for this challenge. For example, if you live in or near the Village of Cross Plains, please consider going beyond buying gas or groceries, and consider purchasing a take-out meal (or patio dining) from a local restaurant or visiting a local store you’ve never explored before. (We encourage you to wear a mask inside an establishment and wash your hands or use sanitizer after exiting a business.)

You will be able to share your decision-making with us on the Completion form.

What if I'm uncomfortable visiting Trail Communities during a pandemic?

We understand everyone’s comfort level right now is different, and we respect your choice, and see our answers to the related questions above and below this one.

What if I hike 40 miles but I don't visit any Trail Communities?

We get it, sometimes you just want to hike. If that’s the case, we’ll send you a certificate for completing the 40-mile requirement, however, you will not receive a patch.

What does the Mammoth Hike Challenge patch look like?

We think you’ll love it! We do! This year’s patch honors the 40th anniversary of the Ice Age Trail becoming a National Scenic Trail.

Can I get more patches if I hike more than 40 miles?

You impress us with your overachieving spirit, however, there is only one patch to earn, at least with the Mammoth Hike Challenge.

However, a number of our chapters offer a patch if you hike all of the segments within their area. Learn more here.

Can children earn certificates and patches?

Yes! Absolutely. If your household signs up as a “team” you will be able to indicate how many certificates and patches are desired when filling out the completion form.

Tell me about the StriveON app!

More information coming soon!

I like to take photos while I hike. May I send some to you?

Yes, please! We love it when people share photos from their Ice Age Trail adventures with us. You will have the opportunity to upload up to seven of your best photos when you fill out the Completion form.

We like to give our photographers credit for the photos we use on social media, in Mammoth Tales, and in many other publications.

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The Ice Age Trail traverses the entire state of Wisconsin and showcases its natural beauty and glacial landscapes. The Trail winds its way through 133 communities; 13 of them have chosen to become official Ice Age Trail Communities. It’s a way for them to show their support for the Trail and to recognize Trail users as important players in their local economies. Trail Communities range from small roadside stops to bustling metropolises. They are a vibrant aspect of the Ice Age Trail hiking experience. Come explore them!

Exploring our Trail Communities is an excellent way to dive deep into the Wisconsin experience of supper clubs and the tall tales told at the local watering holes. Grab a coffee and a sweet treat from a local bakery and check out one-of-a-kind treasures only found in small-town shops!

Please mention you are a user of the Trail when you shop or stay overnight. Help confirm the connection between your hike along the Trail and the dollars you spend in a Trail Community.

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A backpack adorned with patches from hiking award programs offered by the chapters of the IATA. Photo by Kris Van Handel.

An Easy Way to Accumulate 40 Miles

...and a few more patches!

A number of the Ice Age Trail Alliance chapters have their own hiking award programs.

It’s a fun way to focus your time and energy as you explore Ice Age Trail segments within a particular county. Once you’ve hiked all the segments and submitted your paperwork to the chapter, you’ll get a patch ( some exceptions may apply).

Note: The miles of Ice Age Trail within a chapter’s hiking award program may exceed 40 miles.

Congratulations! You Did It.

Please fill out the completion form!

Congratulations on completing your Mammoth Hike Challenge!

We’re delighted you chose to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail and our Ice Age Trail Communities in this way.

Please fill out the Completion form. You’ll be able to upload a few of your favorite photos, too! (Thank you for sharing the beauty you enjoyed with us.)

We will send you a certificate and commemorative patch. You earned it!

Allow 2-3 weeks for processing and delivery.

Fall colors in all their glory - a breathtaking view along the Parrish Hills Segment in Langlade County-Photo by Kris Van Handel.
Fall colors in all their glory - a breathtaking view along the Parrish Hills Segment in Langlade County-Photo by Kris Van Handel.
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Thanks to Travel Wisconsin for their generous support of our Mammoth Hike Challenge!