Here at Hike it Baby, our main focus is to provide support to get families out in nature, especially families with young children, birth to school-age. We want to help you raise a generation to love the outdoors! However, we also know that enjoying the outdoors can come in many ways and forms, and sometimes you want a more epic adventure or you have a more specific challenge in mind. That’s why we have compiled a list of other hiking and outdoor groups that may spark your interest along with a few outdoor challenge groups that couple nicely with being a part of our Hike it Baby community.

Hiking Groups and Challenges to Consider in the New Year by Rebecca Hosley for Hike it Baby

1. Adventure Mamas Initiative

Adventure doesn’t end when motherhood begins. Adventure Mamas Initiative is working to redefine motherhood and to empower women to live a balanced, adventurous, authentic life. Looking for a new challenge or epic adventure in 2019? Adventure Mamas hosts both single-day adventure workshops as well as longer expedition-style adventures. Check out the educational resource section of their site for content relating to the various phases and stages of motherhood or connect with a local collab for events near you.

2. Hike Like a Woman

Here is another women’s hiking group that is dedicated to empowering women of all shapes, sizes, backgrounds, etc. to get outside and have an adventure, no matter how big or small. They have local hiking groups all over the U.S. and a few other countries where you can join other women on hikes and other adventures. They also have an active blog for gear reviews and tips, a podcast, some awesome events throughout the year such as Take Your Daughter on a Hike Day in October and various Outdoor Woman Retreats, and more! They are currently finalizing the topics and dates for an Outdoor School as well, so keep an eye on their website and social media pages or sign up for their newsletter to find out more.

3. Women Who Hike

Women Who Hike is an organization that empowers women on and off the trail. Their main goal is to bring women together to connect with one another and inspire each other through hiking journeys and time in nature. Check out their hike schedule or join a Facebook group in your area.

4. Hikerbabes

Here is a women’s group with a challenge goal: to go on 100 hikes. Unlike many other challenges, there is no timeframe for completing the 100 hikes. The focus is more on the journey as opposed to the stress of competing against a timeframe. They have local Facebook chapters in the U.S. and other countries where ambassadors host hikes and members can organize trail meetups. Each time you hike, you post on social media with the hike number to keep track of where you are along your journey to 100 hikes. For more details, check out their website.

5. Local and Regional Organizations

Looking for a more local hiking group that better focuses on the outdoor spaces near you (such as the Washington Trails Association or The Capital Hiking Club)? Check out this website for links to hiking groups listed by state. You can also find links to hiking organizations worldwide broken down by country or region.

6. 52 Hike Challenge

Join the 52 Hike Challenge and you can challenge your family to complete 52 hikes in a year. “The 52 hike challenge is a global movement empowering you to take a personal journey to discover the physical, mental and spiritual benefits gained through hiking once a week for an entire year.” They offer multiple challenges depending on experience level, but they suggest starting with the original challenge of 52 hikes in 52 weeks. This challenge runs for a year, but you can start at any time throughout the year. Each Hike it Baby branch strives to hold at least one hike a week throughout the year, making this challenge even more doable for members of our Hike it Baby community!

7. 365 Mile Challenge

The 365 Mile Challenge was started by a group of busy moms who also happen to be outdoor bloggers. You may recognize some of their popular blogs: The Kid Project, Go Adventure Mom, Tales of a Mountain Mama and Currently Wandering. The goal is to get outdoors and move one mile a day in 2019. These miles must be self-propelled, such as hiking, biking or snowshoeing; but activities like snowmobiling don’t count. This challenge runs from January 1 to December 31. The cost to enter the challenge is $25, which gets you exclusive discounts, access to the Facebook group for motivation, entry into prize drawings, and more.

Do you have a favorite hiking group or challenge other than Hike it Baby? Let us know in the comments below!

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