Michigan Trails Week Challenge to start Sunday

Statewide, collective goal of 100,000 miles traveled

Photo of Angela Mulka

Every mile counts with the Michigan Trails Week Challenge when there's a statewide, collective goal of 100,000 miles traveled.

Newcomers and veteran trail users are invited to team up and take part in the free 2021 Michigan Trails Week Challenge. Travelers can contribute their miles to help Michigan's Department of Natural Resources reach its collective goal of 100,000 miles traveled next week, Sept. 19-26.

Whether you're into hiking, biking, horseback riding, snowmobiling, off-roading or paddling, Michigan Trails Week, starting Sunday, is the right time to explore your options with more than 13,000 miles of state-designated trails. 

Register online and log your miles spent on any local, county, state or federally managed trail to earn virtual badges and be entered in a drawing for cool outdoor gear and Michigan-branded prizes. You earn a virtual badge when you register for the challenge and log at least 1 mile, and then every time you:

  • Bike 10 miles.
  • Horseback ride 5 miles.
  • Paddle 2 miles.
  • Ride (ORV, ATV or motorcycle) 15 miles.
  • Walk, run or hike 5 miles.

Visit here to register for the challenge and see additional trail resources, including links to trail maps, statistics and photos including hundreds of participant snapshots from last year's Trails Week Challenge.

Trails Week, organized by Michigan's DNR, is an effort to elevate Michigan's reputation as the Trails State for eight full days.

"Trails Week encourages everyone to enjoy and discover Michigan’s extraordinary trails system that provides safe, outdoor space for recreation, exercise and fun," said Dakota Hewlett, nonmotorized trails grant coordinator for the DNR Parks and Recreation Division, in a statement. "To give Michiganders one more reason to explore trails during this tribute week, we’re holding Michigan Trails Week Challenge for the second year in a row."