How Will You Respond to the Call of the Mammoth Hike Challenge?

Looking for a family adventure? Or just want to explore some new sections of the trail? Then October is your time! The Mammoth Challenge is almost here.

Cornell will be one of the 13 centers for the Mammoth Hike Challenge in October. It is a way for all to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail by hiking 40 miles on the trail AND visiting three of our Trail Communities. You have the whole month of October to hike and visit!

Learn more and register TODAY for this FREE event:

The IAT became a National Scenic Trail by an Act of Congress which was signed on October 3, 1980 by President Jimmy Carter. More than a milestone, it elevated the IAT from a local project to the national stage, in the same breath as the universally recognized Appalachian Trail. In addition, the support of the National Park Service and continued funding support by Congress made universal standards and route acquisition possible.

The Mammoth Challenge is designed to direct hikers to not only get out and enjoy the trail, but to do discover new sections they may not have visited. Organized around Trail Communities, it makes good on the promise to the 13 communities that joining with the IATA in a partnership to promote and support the trail will bring new visitors to their communities as well.

To make the whole thing fun and exciting, a smartphone app has been developed as your guide to the experience. It not only highlights some of the interesting points along the trail (and literally lets you know as you are hiking), but it identifies a number of quirky and interesting points to check out in the trail community. In addition, you may find a special contest, or coupon to a local business. Don’t be surprised if you get an email with suggestions for things to do when you visit.

The amount of information packed into the Cornell area section of the app is formidable, and Cornell Trail Community coordinator Vicki Christianson has done a ton of work with her team. The app is packed with information about the trail and the communities you will visit. It will be a like having a personal guide along on your adventure!

You’ll get a limited edition patch celebrating the 40th anniversary and a certificate for completing the project. You have the whole month to work on it. You can sign up as an individual, family, or team! Once you sign up, you’ll get access to the mobile app and itineraries and travel information to enrich your trip.

Learn more about our 13 Ice Age Trail Communities HERE.