10K Women Project

What is the 10,000 Women Trail Project?

Hike it Baby is launching the 10,000 Women Trail Project, an initiative to get women and girls on trails all across North America. Over the next year, our goal is to encourage women to bring female friends and family on a trail at least once a month.
Our goal is to see if, together, we can inspire 10,000 women to hike and log their adventures in 2018. To have your hike counted toward the project, you must log your hike and have brought at least one other woman or girl on a trail with you.
Please note that due to the shipping ability of prize sponsors, prizes are limited to U.S. participants.

Meet the 100 Women Trailblazers who helped us kickoff the 10,000 Women Trail Challenge and who will lead us in inspiring women all year.

How's the project going so far?
Boots On Trail


Women and gender-nonconforming folks are welcome to enroll in the 10,000 Women Trail Project. This is a FREE program*, and there is no requirement other than registering yourself on the Hike it Baby website so we know you signed the waiver, then getting on trail and bringing at least one other woman or girl with you. Encourage them to sign up to as well.
*Hike it Baby has a tax-deductible annual membership FEE of $10 to see all of the hikes in our calendar. If you are just registering for the 10,000 Women Trail Project you will not be asked to pay the fee to see your hike log all year. The registration just helps us track how many women are hiking, where you all are from and what organizations you represent (if any).
10,000 Women Trail Project is a grant-funded project that had to be designed to meet the requirements of the grant funding, but ultimately allows us to implement much needed technology improvements on our website while encouraging more women and girls to get on trail, a barrier identified by REI in a recent study that prompted their grant program.
All you have to do is register, pick a trail to hike every month for a year, then invite your sisters, mom, aunts, and friends to join you. Log your hikes and make sure to add in the number of women you inspired to get out on every hike. Our tools will track all of the hikes you enter all year long.
Each month, you will receive an email reminding you to log hikes, and you can follow the Facebook group to keep you inspired. Use the logging tools to see how many women are hiking alongside you all year. The logging tool lets you see how many friends you personally have inspired to get on a trail over the course of a year. We’ll also have blogs, inspirational Facebook posts and giveaways happening throughout the year!
The satisfaction of knowing you are part of a movement to help encourage more women and girls to get outside and hike. If you register with the program, you can log your hikes and be entered to win prizes. This is a FREE program! At the end of the year, one grand prize winner will receive a weekend camping set up with a tent, sleeping gear and $300 gift certificate to the state or federal park of your choice—so you can plan an awesome adventure with your gal pals, your family or on your own!
Registration opened November 1, 2017, and runs from November 1, 2017, through September 1, 2018. If you haven't already, start by filling out the registration form then complete and log as many hikes as you can during that time. To be a “trackable” hike, you must bring along another woman or girl on your hike (mother, daughter, sister, girlfriend, aunt) and record it. Invite other women to join in the challenge!
The 10,000 Women Trail Project is not a mileage count, but a goal to get more women outside. If you love to track miles, sign up for Hike it Baby 30 if you want a real-time count of your miles. Just a reminder that the 10,000 Women Trail Project is a free project to join. You will be able to see your log and your sphere of influence and the totals at the end of each month. If you join additional Challenges like Hike it Baby 30 you will get the added benefit of seeing your miles adding up live every time you log.
For Hike it Baby 30 there is a suggested $10 tax-deductible donation when you sign up for Hike it Baby 30. This quarterly event has a goal of getting you out 30 miles in 30 days. This is Hike it Baby’s main fundraiser and 100% of proceeds goes to supporting Hike it Baby in getting more families outside in nature through literature and developing strong grassroots communities.
According to studies on a typical week, only 6 percent of children ages 9-13 play outside on their own and kids 8 to 18 spend an overwhelming 53 hours a week using entertainment media. Hike it Baby aims to change that by getting into nature from birth on. Help us do this by joining the Challenge and logging your miles!
It’s been proven that time outdoors at a young age is critical to fostering a healthy conservation ethic.
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A Big Thank you to REI for supporting the project !

REI is focusing their efforts on creating more opportunities for women and girls to take part in life outdoors. Why? Because they believe the outdoors is—and should always be—the world’s largest level playing field.  They've launched an expansive public effort called Force of Nature, which will continue the rest of the year and beyond. It’s all about the outdoors being a place to opt out of cultural pressures to conform—the “supposed-tos” and “shoulds” that underpin outdated stereotypes, especially for women and girls. Force of Nature aims to ensure that women and men are equally inspired and equipped to embrace life outside.

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