Thank you for joining CATS’ first ever Grand Challenge! Please register here and help CATS exceed its goal of raising $10,000! This is a fundraiser and your participation helps CATS save more land and make more trails!
We missed seeing so many of you this May, which is when we would normally host our annual Grand Hike and we hope that the 2020 Grand Challenge is a fun, self-managed and safe alternative for our friends and supporters!
How Do You Participate?
It’s simple! Hike one of the three routes that we’ve outlined below and fill out the registration form on our website. The challenge officially begins on September 21, 2020 and will end on November 15, 2020. So you have a two month window in which to complete one of the three hikes. The entry is $25 per person and each registrant will receive their commemorative, limited edition 2020 Grand Challenge Patch! And yes, this is a fundraiser! So if you’re eager to contribute more in the name of saving land and making trails in New York’s Champlain Valley then we welcome your support! We are a non-profit, accredited land trust and our trails and lands are integral part of the Champlain Valley communities.
In the spirit of inclusivity, we chose three options that range from easy to moderate to difficult. Complete one of the three routes to earn your patch! If you choose to hike all three, then we won’t stop you! Each route, described below, contains its own, downloadable map that you can bring with you on your hike.
Boquet Ridge Ramble (difficult) – The most challenging of the three routes and you can find the map here. This is a great route, an 8.3 mile loop, and a fantastic way to experience CATS newest trail addition that leads to summit of North Boquet Mountain. The trail features variable terrain, an 1000 foot elevation gain and series of switchbacks. The route direction is clockwise and we are offering 4 parking/start options so participants can comfortably spread out, maintain safe distances and have the option of alternative parking in the event that one of the parking areas is full.
Viall’s Crossing (moderate) – The 5.3 mile Viall’s Crossing loop has become a staple in the CATS trail network. Click here to find the map that details this beautiful loop trail. You’ll traverse through fields and forests and you’ll understand why the Champlain Valley is the most biodiverse region in the Adirondack Park. Like the Boquet Ridge Ramble, this is a clockwise route and we are offering 4 parking areas so participants can comfortably spread out, maintain safe distances and have the option of alternative parking in the event that one of the parking areas is full.
Wildway Passage Trail (easy) – Short but incredibly sweet, the Wildway Passage Trail is a 1.3 mile loop that leads through a beautiful forest, crosses streams and traverses the edge of small cliffs. You can view the trail map here. Hike the Wildway Passage Loop and experience this integral connection of the Split Rock Wildway, an important wildlife corridor linking Lake Champlain to the mountain region. Parking is located at near the south end of Angier Hill Road in Westport.
Thank you for supporting CATS! And please help spread the word about this “fun-raiser” and ask your friends to participate. Your participation helps raise money for new places to hike and enjoy nature in New York’s Champlain Valley.
And please contact us with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling us in the office at 518-962-2287. And be sure to send us your photos, experiences, wildlife sightings and more, while you’re out completing one of the challenges!