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What is Trailblaze Challenge®?

It's the most rewarding thing you'll do all year. The Trailblaze Challenge is an endurance hiking event and fundraiser benefiting Make-A-Wish that offers adventure and joy to everyone involved. As a participant, you are showing children with critical illnesses that we all are stronger and more resilient than we ever imagined we could be giving them the hope and strength they need to keep fighting.

It's not a race, it's a journey. The Trailblaze Challenge will prepare you for your journey in both training and fundraising through a multi-month (optional) training and support program that culminates in a single-day hike, ranging from 20 to 30 miles. The program and training cater to all fitness levels, from novice to advanced outdoor enthusiasts. All hikers and participants will be supported by experienced Hike Support Teams and have the option to take breaks or opt out of completing the full mileage during training hikes and on Hike Day.

How To Participate


Stay curious. Search Trailblaze Challenge locations and sign up for a no-commitment information session to learn more.


Join the adventure. Register as a Trailblaze Challenge Hiker. Share your story and shout from the mountain tops! Tell everyone you know about the incredible journey to come, ask for their support, or invite them to join too.


Transform your life and the life of a wish kid. Experience the wonder of nature and wishes, one beautiful and iconic trail at a time, as we build community around families faced with the harsh realities of pediatric critical illnesses.

I wish to see snow.
Shore, 9
Burkitt lymphoma

Why We Hike

When you take your first step on the journey as a Trailblazer, you're helping to pave the way for a brighter tomorrow for wish kids.

Funds raised through the Trailblaze Challenge support necessary, life-changing wishes for children fighting critical illnesses.

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