Welcome to #10Trail Challenge, a great way to get outside and explore the trails of Michiana, while having fun and winning prizes!
Before you start everyone will have to fill out a participation form and register for the #10Trail Challenge. You can find the form here. Registration is free, each participant needs to register separately. Registration starting late June.
Go out and explore what Michiana has to offer! During the month of July, Chikaming Open Lands is proud to partner with The Rotary Club of Harbor Country, other non-profit land trusts, township parks, county parks and city parks to bring you these 10 nature preserves. You can find information and directions for each of of the preserves by clicking on their names:
Once you are out on one of the 10 trails look for the #10Trail Challenge picture frame selfie stations! Snap a pic and hashtag us on Instagram with #10trail AND #chikamingopenlands. Don't have Instagram? You can also tag us on Facebook or email us the selfie pictures at firstname.lastname@example.org. COL must receive selfie station pictures for participants to claim prizes.
The first 20 participants to hike all 10 trails and send in the selfies will win a pizza from Patellies in Three Oaks, MI!
Hike any 5 to 9 trails and you win a free sandwich from David's Delicatessen and Cafe in New Buffalo, MI.
Hike any 3 to 4 trails and win a free coffee from Infusco Coffee in Sawyer, MI.
Bathrooms - Bathroom facilities are not offered at most preserves. Please "take care of business" before you begin your hike to have a comfortable and fun day!
Dog Policy - Dogs are permitted on all preserve trails but must be on a 6 foot leash at all times. Please pick up after your pet.
Picture Policy - By submitting your photos, you give us permission to share them on our website, Instagram page, Facebook page, or in print materials.
Commonly Asked Questions
What is appropriate hiking attire?
Wear sturdy hiking shoes as you may encounter uneven terrain and wet/muddy spots along the trails may be possible. Protect yourself from biting insects such as flies, mosquitoes and ticks by wearing long pants, a hat/bandanna and applying insect repellent.
Are the preserves only open on the weekends?
No, they are open everyday from dawn until dusk. For #10Trail Challenge you can visit them whenever it is convenient for you. You also do not need to visit the trails in numbered order and don't forget you have the entire month of July to complete this challenge, take your time!
Can I win all THREE prizes?
Sadly, you cannot win all three prizes. This tiered system allows you to hike as many trails that you are comfortable with while still being eligible to win a prize. If you hike all 10 trails the top prize is a pizza from Patellie's. Hiking any 5 to 9 trails you are eligible to win a sandwich from David's Delicatessen and Cafe. Hiking any 3 to 4 trails you win a small beverage from Infusco Coffee.
When will I receive my prize?
The #10Trail Challenge will start on July 1st and end on July 31st. COL will contact all winner at the end of July and will send out prize certificates in the mail, or certificates can be picked up at the COL office. The certificates are good for one prize and expire July 2019. Certificates cannot be duplicated.
Will any staff be available at preserves?
Due to limited number of staff, we will not be available at the preserves. Please contact the COL office at (269) 405-1006 with any questions or concerns.