Event Information


Event Date: Big Bear, CA - May 19-21 & June 2-4, 2023
Event Location: Pacific Crest Trail - Big Bear Lake, CA
Length of Hike: 28 Miles
Registration Fees: A $100 personal donation is requested at time of registration and will be credited toward your overall fundraising goal.
Questions? Contact Grace Johnson, Special Events Manager | 619-279-5211 | gjohnson@sandiego.wish.org

How to Get Started

Mandatory zero-commitment info sessions will begin in January 2023. On the homepage, select "RSVP" and complete the prompts to be added to our "First to Know" list. We will email you once info session dates and times are scheduled. We hope you’ll decide to join us on this epic journey!

About the Trailblaze Challenge

The Trailblaze Challenge is more than a hike. It is more than a fundraiser. The Trailblaze Challenge is a life-changing endurance experience that challenges participants physically and emotionally, and ultimately helps Make-A-Wish San Diego grant wishes to the 350 children with critical illnesses in our region.

THE CHALLENGE – Hike 28 miles along the Pacific Crest Trail in one day! This scenic trek provides participants an opportunity for adventure, fun and fitness while making a direct impact on the lives of children in our community battling critical illnesses. The hike caters to all fitness levels, from novice to advanced outdoor enthusiasts.

THE PROGRAM – From January through June, our program will prepare you for your journey in both training and fundraising. For those new to adventuring, you'll receive a personal training schedule, have the opportunity to participate in weekly training hikes and receive instruction on footwear and hiking gear from seasoned professionals. Make-A-Wish will make sure that you have every tool available to make you successful on and off the trail!

Our goal is to bring people together to build community around families who are faced with the harsh realities of critical illnesses. When you take your first step on your journey as a Trailblazer, you are paving the way for a brighter tomorrow for children right here in your community.