52 Hike Challenge

Last year my trainer-and-outdoors friend Amanda of Cloud Nine Canine posted about a hiking challenge on social media. New to the area and missing how easy it was to get outdoors in Wisconsin, I used it as a motivation to explore more of Columbus’ green spaces. The 52 Hike Challenge is pretty much what it says on the tin: a challenge to hike 52 times in a year. As competitive as I am, it doesn’t bother me much that I didn’t even make it halfway to my goal. I still spent a lot of time with my dogs traipsing around in the outdoors.

It’s back for 2017! This year I also want to showcase some of the dog friendly trails in Columbus. I’m a big fan of the Columbus Metro Parks and they include 62 miles of dog friendly trails. My goal is to hike every step of them this year.

  1. Blacklick Creek Greenway (Jan 7)
  2. Ironweed Trail (Jan 13)
  3. Sycamore Plains Trail Loop (Jan 20)
  4. Mudsock Trail (Feb 7)
  5. Rocky Fork Off Leash Dog Trail (Feb 14)
  6. Olentangy Trail (Feb 21)
  7. Olentangy Trail (Feb 28)
  8. Olentangy Trail (Mar 4)
  9. Dog Safari Hike (Mar 5)
  10. Olentangy Trail (Mar 7)
  11. Olentangy Trail (Mar 9)
  12. Blue Hen Falls (Mar 10)
  13. Olentangy Trail (Mar 11)
  14. Ironweed Trail (Mar 13)
  15. Ironweed Trail (Mar 28)
  16. Sycamore Plains Trail Loop (Apr 11)
  17. Dog Safari Hike (Apr 22)
  18. Dog Safari Hike (May 13)
  19. El Dorado, Wisconsin Wildlife Area (Aug 10)
  • 5 Waterfalls (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
  • 1 Forest
  • 1 National Parks, Monuments, Preserves, Recreation Area or Historic Trail
  • 2 Hikes to bodies of water: Lakes, Rivers, or Ocean (1, 2)
  • 1 Stewardship hike
  • 1 Group hike
  • 1 Introduce someone new to hiking
  • 1 Sunset or Sunrise hike
  • 1 Hike from your Bucket list (somewhere you have always wanted to go)
  • 3 Reflection hikes (journal at the beginning, middle, and towards the end of your challenge).

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