Summer Trails Challenge

Together we've logged
Our target goal is 50000 miles
58248 miles





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You did it! We did it, together, mile by mile. In three weeks, we reached out 50,000 mile goal to raise $50,000 for GVLT. Thank you to everyone who logged miles and our generous business sponsors for their financial contributions.

We’re already getting excited about next year’s challenge. Enjoy the rest of the summer on the trails!

Trails Challenge 2020 Details:

Starting June 6th, track and log your hiking, walking, biking, and running trail miles to help us reach our goal of 50,000 miles before June 26. Each mile logged on a trail during the Summer Trails Challenge will be matched with a $1 donation to GVLT from the Community Match Pool funded by generous businesses. We have just three weeks to reach our goal of 50,000 trail miles to raise $50,000 for GVLT. Are we ready for the challenge?

Log your miles starting June 6th on the form above and watch us get closer and closer to our goal. 1 mile= $1 to GVLT.

We know that in challenging times, you turn to the trails.  Now it is your turn to give back to the trails and work together with your community to reach our goal.  

COVID 19 has changed some of our plans for the Summer Trails Challenge but at the core, this is already a virtual event. You’ll be enjoying trails, safely, on your own to participate in the challenge. Unfortunately, we have cancelled our finale party on June 26th. We’ll miss celebrating with you in person but we’re still hopeful we can reach our goal.

We are always grateful for our business sponsors but especially so right now.  This year in particular, please, pay attention to the businesses providing the matching dollars and support them if you can. We are exceptionally grateful that they’re continuing to support our work.

Special Trail Days: 

June 11th: commonFont Day
commonFont employees LOVE the trails. Get out there and log miles on their team.

June 12th-14th: Helena vs. Bozeman Challenge
Our peers at the Prickly Pear Land Trust in Helena are doing a Trails Challenge of their own since they had to cancel their Don’t Fence Me In Trail Run. We’re introducing some friendly competition to see which community can log the most miles during the weekend of June 12th-14th. Which town loves trails more?

June 15th: First Security Bank Day
More miles, more money!

June 19th: Oboz Footwear Day
If you wear Oboz shoes for your miles on June 19th, you can DOUBLE them when you log them online. Oboz staff will be hitting the trails for a socially distant team hike. They’ll also have their tent posted up on the trails for raffle sign ups, stickers, shoes and more!

June 20th: The LARK Hotel Day
Who needs a staycation? Log miles on Team LARK on June 20th to be entered to win a one night stay at The LARK Hotel in Downtown Bozeman.

June 21st: Dee-O-Gee Day
Hike with your four legged furry friend!

June 25th: REI Day
Celebrate our lead sponsor and get ready for their big sale starting Saturday June 26th!

Trails Challenge Rules and Details:

  • We rely on the good ol’ scouts honor.  Please be honest when tracking and logging your miles. Your tracking doesn’t need to be exact (sometimes you have to estimate!) but please keep your ’rounding’ within reason.
  • You can log miles daily or in batches, whatever is easiest.
  • There are no strict limits on which trails qualify for the challenge but please use trails in our region (Main Street to the Mountains, Forest Service, Hyalite, Big Sky, Livingston, Three Forks all qualify). The intention behind the challenge is to get you outside so if you’re out there, when in doubt, count them!
  • Please share the challenge on social media, challenge your kids or your friends, challenge a co-worker. A little competition goes a long way.
  • Please share photos and tag us on social media so we can re-share them.
  • Stay tuned to social media and this site for updates of special prize days where local businesses will reward folks who log their miles on that day.
  • Teams: Sponsoring businesses are included in an optional drop-down menu on the logging form. If you’re a client, employee or friend of the business, log miles on their team to help them reach their goals!
  • We know not everyone has the ability to use trails, if you want to help in a different way, please email Your support is important and we’ll find a way for you to help.

With social distancing still recommended, please considering the following when hitting the trails and tracking your miles (we will update as CDC, City and State guidelines change)

  • Maintain 6 feet of social distance on the trail. Step aside if possible when you encounter another party.
  • Avoid carpooling with people outside of your home.
  • Avoid high touch surfaces like playgrounds, trash cans and bathrooms.
  • Do not use the trails if you are feeling sick or have a fever.
  • Consider wearing a mask, particularly on busy trails where social distancing is more challenging.
  • Pack out trash and dog waste. Not all receptacles are being emptied as often as normal.
  • Obey all leash rules to avoid having to approach others to retrieve dogs.


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