Quests can be completed in any order during 2024
Quests can be completed on your own or with the group
When you complete a Quest let Gretchen know or submit it by using the link
If you complete a Quest with the Group we tally that for you automatically

#1 Brown County State Park    #7 Summit Lake State Park
#2 Charlestown State Park      #8 Whitewater State Park      
#3 Eagle Creek                  #9 Indiana Dunes National Park
#4 Fort Benjamin Harrison      #10 Hikers Choice*
#5 Versailles State Park        #11 Out of State Hike**
#6 Chain-O-Lakes State Park  #12 Long Hike***

*"Hiker's Choice" can be done anywhere EXCEPT it cannot be done at one of the 2024 Quest locations

**The "Out of State" hike can be completed out of the state of Indiana anywhere. We will probably do one out of state hike as a group in a close location (Ohio or somewhere similar)

***The "Long Hike" is a distance that is a challenge for you. Suggested distance is 10 miles but you can adjust up or down.

No Double Dipping on the Quests - for example if you do a 10 mile hike out of state you can only count that as a 10 mile hike, Hikers Choice or Out of State hike - not all three quests
Group Hikes will be scheduled at least once a month. The location and time of the group hike will be posted on our website and sent out on email in the Hiking News!

1.  Participants will be asked to sign a waiver and an acknowledgement that the group hikes are not being conducted as an organized activity but rather an individual endeavor.  

2.  We will attempt hikes rain or shine but in the case of severe weather any cancellations will be sent via email!

3.  Hikes will start at the time scheduled so if you arrive late you are on your own. 

4.  The pace and duration of the hike is to be determined by hikers individually. The group will likely NOT STAY TOGETHER as paces and distances vary. Some people may  be running, walking slowly, hiking at a fast pace, etc.  

5.  You must plan on being able to complete every hike you attend on your own. No one will be responsible for you and no one will wait for you or help you if you get lost, run into problems, etc. You are doing the hike on your OWN with others in attendance. 

But I don't want to do the Quest challenge???  No problem, you can just attend the group hikes and not participate in the Quest challenge!

What mileage do I have to hike to complete a Quest?  We decided to leave that up to you because people's fitness levels vary so much.  We suggest a 3 mile minimum for a hike to "count".  But you might want to set your personal minimum higher or lower than 3 miles.

I'm a runner.  Can I run the hike?  Sure.  Group hikes are done at your own pace.

Does everyone stay together at the group hikes?  NO.  You should attend every group hike understanding that the group may move slower or faster than your pace.  You should be able to complete every hike by yourself (or with whoever attends with you).  It's possible no one will be there to help you if you get lost, etc.  Make sure you have a cell phone and necessary supplies and are comfortable completing the hike unassisted if it works out that way!

Do I need to register for the group hikes?  No. Just show up at the announced location. You will be asked to sign a waiver stating that you are doing the hike on your own and unassisted.

Is there a fee?  No. But there is likely a fee to enter a park.

Can I bring friends and family?  Sure. If you have someone else's kids with you we would like that child's parent's to sign the waiver (you can email me for that ahead of time) 

Can I bring my dog?  We would really like to steer away from dogs attending the hikes simply because it can be cumbersome for other hikers and disruptive. However, if you have a really well behaved dog and you want to bring it along on a leash you can. Just make sure you are being considerate of the other participants and allow ample space so no one gets tangled up in a leash and that sort of thing.  Maybe stay back away from the group a bit so the dog isn't getting underfoot of the other hikers.  If you bring a dog and it causes a problem, we are sorry in advance - but we will have to ask you to not bring your dog next time.
Last updated 2/24/24

#1 Brown County SP
Craig (2)
Gretchen (2)
Josh (2)
Lisa K (2)
Mary (2)
Michael (2)
Patsy (2)
Roy (2)
#2 Charlestown SP

#3 Eagle Creek

#4 Fort Ben

#5 Versailles SP
Lisa K

#6  Chain-O-Lakes SP

#7 Summit Lake SP

#8 Whitewater SP

#9 Indiana Dunes NP

#10 - Hikers Choice*
Roy (CO & YW)
Gretchen (CO & YW)
Janet (Australia & YW)
Rob (YW)
Lisa K (YW)
Mary (YW)
Michael (YW)
Randy (YW)
Julie (YW)
Jessie (YW)
Sonia (YW)
Leann (YW)

#11 - Out of State Hike**

#12 - Long Hike ***
​Jeremy (36)

No DOUBLE DIPPING - for instance if you do a 10 mile hike at Versailles SP you CANNOT count it is a "long hike" and Versailles SP - one or the other

*"Hikers Choice" can be done anywhere EXCEPT it cannot be done at one of the above locations

**The "Out of State" Hike can be completed outside of the state of Indiana

**The "Long Hike" is a distance that you choose that is a challenge for you. Suggested distance is 10 miles but you can adjust up or down.