Bear Mountain & Harriman State Park

The Trailblaze Challenge is a 26.2 mile hike where participants can tackle the terrain of the Bear Mountain & Harriman State Park - all in one amazing day! This is a hike, not a race, and caters to all levels from novice to advanced outdoor enthusiasts.

As well as being an extraordinary physical test, the real challenge is to raise much-needed funds to grant the wishes of children in Connecticut with critical illnesses. Now more than ever, hope is essential. Make-A-Wish is committed to ensuring that no eligible child waits to experience the hope and joy that a wish brings.

By supporting the Trailblaze Challenge, you will help Make-A-Wish Connecticut grant more than 117 wishes this year.

How Do I Get Started?

To begin this life-changing journey, you'll need to attend an information meeting. These meetings are designed to inform you about the mission of Make-A-Wish and describe in detail the weekend-long hike event.

Info sessions will begin on Saturday, May 14 and wrap-up by June 1. We will have in-person sessions throughout the state and virtual options as well! They will fill up quickly, so be sure to RSVP today to reserve your spot!

If you have any questions, please reach out to agoodman@ct.wish.org

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