Trail Trek Challenge

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


This page will be refreshed and Trail Trek Challenge 2021-2022 will launch with a fun online event during Earth Fair at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 24th. We've got some great new features in the 2021-2022 Challenge. And we've got drawing prizes for some lucky participants from Trail Trek Challenge 2020. Join us at that time on our Facebook page to learn all about it.

Reminder: You must get your Hike Log to us by April 16, 2021, to be eligible for the prize drawing on April 24 during this year's virtual Earth Fair!

About the Trail Trek Challenge

The Trail Trek Challenge is a year-round hike/walk program on the nature preserves you've helped protect in five counties of Wisconsin's Driftless Area. Challenge yourself to hike at least five of the trails to discover nature's treasures and become eligible for some great drawing prizes! We currently have nearly 700 people participating!

When you sign up, you will receive a confirmation message and an email with a link to your downloadable Trail Guide & Hike Log with hike descriptions and a place to record the trails and qualifying events you hike throughout the year. Downloadable trail maps and driving directions to each hike location are available at the link under "Trail maps" below. As a registered participant, you'll also receive our Hike of the Month feature each month.

To receive updates about the Trail Trek Challenge and all our guided hikes, sign up for Mississippi Valley Conservancy's monthly e-newsletter.


Trail condition updates & reminders

Melting snow may result in muddy trails, and hiking through and around the mud damages sensitive wildlife habitats. If you come upon a muddy trail, please go back – don't go around. TIP: The flatter prairie properties tend to be better drained and less 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.



Protect your health and community health when outside of your home. Always practice physical distancing, and follow the current guidelines of your local government or the federal Centers for Disease Control, whichever are more restrictive. 


Other qualifying events

All the Conservancy's guided hikes also qualify as Trail Trek Challenge activities. You'll find a place to list the ones you attend on the back of your Trail Guide & Hike Log. Details for each event can be found on our Events page. Did you snowshoe or cross-country ski this winter? If so, you can count those outings as hikes in the Trail Trek Challenge, too.

Trail maps

Trail maps for each of the Trail Trek Challenge hikes can be viewed and downloaded from the Nature Preserves section of this website. Please refer to your Trail Guide & Hike Log for a list of trails.

Hike of the month

Watch for our monthly hike features in your email.

Sign up below for the 2020-2021 Trail Trek Challenge


After registering, you'll receive a confirmation message and an email with a link to your downloadable Trail Guide & Hike Log with hike descriptions and a place to record the trails and qualifying events you've hiked throughout the year. You have until April 15, 2022 to complete 5 hikes and get your Hike Log to us to be eligible for our prize drawing during Earth Fair 2022.

Please contact our office with any questions by calling (608) 784-3606 ext. 8 or by sending an email to


We thank these generous supporters of the 2021-2022 Trail Trek Challenge

Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration, JF Brennan Company, Organic Valley, People’s Food Cooperative, Gundersen Health System, Mayo Clinic Health System, Trust Point, Inc., Altra Financial Advisors, Verve–a Credit Union, Extreme Driftless LLC, WKBT/News 8 Now, Dairyland Power Cooperative, La Crosse Public Library, Mid-West Family La Crosse,

Photo courtesy of Tom Rhorer