4-H Wildside 2021-2022 Winter Hiking Challenge

Online Only

The weather outside is frightful, but a hike is so delightful.
There’s no place inside to go, so hike in the snow,

Hike in the snow,

Hike in the snow…

hiking challenge trail sign

The Winter Hiking Challenge is back by popular demand! This year's Challenge is designed to push your winter hiking limits to the next level. How incremental you push that limit is up to you and your family, Club, or group. You can participate in and accomplish the challenge even if you have never hiked before. However, this program will still challenge you if you are an experienced winter hiker, too.

How It Works

The Challenge is open to youth ages 5-18 and runs from December 21, 2021 - March 21, 2022.

To complete the Winter Hiking Challenge, you can choose and complete as many hikes as you can before spring. To earn an official 4-H Wildside backpack, you must hike and record at least 4 hikes in your Hiking Log Book and mail it into your County Extension Office within the timeframe of the challenge (downloadable Hiking Log Book available below). You may hike 4 hikes of any kind. Club leaders, parents, and other activity facilitators may modify the Challenge to fit the abilities of their group. The only thing that remains standard is that each hike must push you a little bit more each time. Your experience should be longer in distance, or higher in elevation, or longer in duration, or any way you want to push it. Maybe your group wants to hike in deeper snow each time or colder weather in each consecutive hike. Other than that, all you have to do is stay safe and have a great time.

How to Participate

  1. Register for the Winter Hiking Challenge event in 4-H Online. You will receive your limited-edition Winter Hiking Challenge patch when you register.
  2. Download and print your Hiking Log Book. Your Log Book will walk you through how to document each hike you are accomplishing for the Challenge. Important: To print, select the options to print on both sides of the paper and flip on the short edgeDownload the Winter Hiking Challenge Log Book
  3. Complete at least 4 hikes between December 21 and March 21, following the guidelines in your Log Book.
  4. Mail your completed Logbook to your County 4-H Office by Monday, March 28, 2022 to earn your Wildside backpack!
wildside backpack with patches

Guided Hikes

Several guided hikes will be offered over the course of the challenge on a county-to-county basis.

Currently available guided hikes:

More guided hikes coming soon!

Check out the Durham Winter Trail Tromp for fun community hikes in Durham, NH.


Use this Trailfinder virtual tutorial to help you plan your hikes.


hiking boot print in snow