This year marks the 20th anniversary of the popular outdoor program. Last year 10,000 participants joined the challenge. Thanks to a partnership with Kaiser Permanente of Northern California, the Trails Challenge is offered free to residents of Alameda and Contra Costa counties.
The Trails Challenge is a self-guided hiking program that gives participants an incentive to discover their regional parks while promoting fitness through enjoyable outdoor exercise. Participants who register for the Trails Challenge receive a free T-shirt and online access to the 2013 trail guidebook. The booklet includes detailed trail descriptions, including driving directions, for hikes in 20 regional parks or trails. Hikes range from easy to challenging. There are trails open to hikers, bicyclists and equestrians, and many are wheelchair accessible.
To complete the challenge, participants are asked to hike five of the trails and send in their log after doing so. They will receive a commemorative pin for their efforts. As in past challenges, the honor system applies.
Featured East County trails include Round Valley Regional Preserve, Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve, Marsh Creek Regional Trail and Morgan Territory Regional Preserve.
To register, visit www.regionalparksfoundation.org.