June 1st-July 16th, 2023

Located in and around Duluth and the Arrowhead Region

Test your hiking abilities while taking in the sights! The Trail Challenge is a hiking challenge consisting of 9 trails totaling 33.75 miles broken down into 3 categories: Easy, Moderate, and Difficult.

Similar to years past, participants will need to submit their photos as proof on Instagram or Facebook by tagging @trailfitters and using the hashtag #TFTC23. If you do not have a social media account or if you would rather not post using #TFTC23, you are welcome to bring in your photos to show us upon completion. Please be prepared with either your posts or photos to show an employee when you arrive at the store to get checked off as a finisher. 

You are encouraged to take as many photos as you would like, please post one or two from a location near the camera icon on each map with the hashtag #TFTC23. Once all the hikes are completed, stop into Trailfitters to redeem your prize!

All participants who complete the challenge will receive a Trailfitters giftcard, Deuter Dirt Bag, Patagonia or Cotopaxi Hip Pack, and an item from our prize bucket.


Prizes will also be given out to the following “category winners”:

1.) Fastest Known Time (FKT) Finisher  |  Person who finishes all nine trails in the least amount of time (must track hikes on app that includes time to verify. Only time on foot will be included, driving time not counted. All tracking must be done on approved app including: Alltrails, Gaia GPS, Strava, Garmin inReach Tracking)

Prize: Salomon Pulse Running Belt, Salomon Active Handheld & Rab Phantom Pull-On

2.) Oldest Finisher  |  Oldest person to finish all nine trails (must make reference to age in at least one post you tag us in)

Prize: Mountain Hardwear Rain Shell, Nemo Fillo Pillow & Hydroflask Trail Series Bottle

3.) Youngest Finisher  |  Youngest person to finish all nine trails (must make reference to age in at least one post you tag us in)

Prize: NOCS Monocular, Hydroflask Trail Series Bottle & Choice of Kid’s Footwear

4.) First Finisher  |  First person to finish all nine trails (must be the first to come into the store to provide pictures of all trails)

Prize: Salomon Active Belt with Bottle, Hydroflask Trail Series Bottle, Enlightened Equipment Torrid Jacket


Winners will be announced and prizes awarded at the Trail Challenge After Party on July 16th.


Trail Challenge Maps

Click maps to enlarge or save image for offline use.

Click the buttons below the maps for driving directions to each trailhead.

Easy Trails

Moderate Trails

Difficult Trails

Want to hike some of the past year’s Trail Challenge Trails? Take a look below for a complete list!

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