Will You Accept the Challenge?
The Exploring Roots Summer Adventure is back and HCA challenges you to run, hike, bike, jog, and explore Kansas City’s parks and trails along the Blue River. See Kansas City from new heights and win prizes along the way. Beginning in 2022, HCA is partnering with local Girl Scout and Kansas City trail expert, TakeAHikeKC to provide patches for participants.
Plan your visit to hike each month’s featured trail. The best part about the Summer Adventure Challenge is that it is all about what works best for YOU. Bring the family or hike solo. Reschedule in case of rain. Hit the trails bright and early, or make it a plan for after work.
There will be a Summer Adventure Challenge sign at the beginning of every trail to mark where you start, then small signs throughout the trail to guide you. At the end of the trail you’ll find the keychains you need to win prizes! Keychains can be found at 3 different points along the trail, just hike to the distance that is most comfortable for you! Take only ONE keychain from the sign of your choice.
Prizes can be picked up at various locations. Find where you can pick up your prize below. You’ll also get to choose one of the three prizes available that month. When you pick up your prizes, sign in to mark your accomplishment and you’ll get a second entry into our grand prize drawing.
Check out the Urban Trail Co Website for trail conditions
ANY QUESTIONS? ONE AT A TIME, PLEASE.
IS EXPERIENCE REQUIRED TO PARTICIPATE?
Each level is designed so you have the opportunity to challenge yourself. And that challenge will change with each park. Before you go, check out the maps to determine what works best for you.
CAN I DO THE CHALLENGE MORE THAN ONCE?
Only one prize per person. But the parks and trails are meant to be enjoyed over and over! You may visit each park as many times as you like. Just be sure to practice "Leave No Trace" guidelines and check the weather. A good resource is Urban Trail Co.'s trail status page.
THE KEYCHAINS ARE GONE! CAN I STILL EARN PRIZES?
Yes! Just take a selfie by one of the trail signs and show it to the staff at the designated pick up location.
If you discover the keychains are gone, contact HCA staff at firstname.lastname@example.org