Sign in to My HQ

Event Information

Event Info:

In May 2014, Make-A-Wish will hold itsí 2nd annual Trailblaze Challenge hike experience on the weekends of May 16 - May 18, 2014 and May 30 - June 1, 2014. This is an opportunity for adventure, fun and fitness while making a direct impact on the lives of children in our community battling life-threatening medical conditions.

About The Trail

The trail (24.1 miles): Commencing at Appletree Campground in the upper Nantahala Gorge to Nantahala Lake, the trek ascends and briefly joins the Appalachian Trail from Winespring Bald to Wayah Bald. The top of Wayah Bald, at 5385 feet, is the highest point on the trail which then descends the Nantahala Mountains finishing the adventure outside Franklin, NC.
*The 15.6 mile option will start at Saw Mill Gap and end outside Franklin, NC.

Take the opportunity to push your limits and truly challenge yourself. Grab your friends, family and co-workers and make a difference on the Trailblaze Challenge.

Included in your Challenge:

Specialized training program including a workout calendar and bi-weekly group hikes

Training Clinics: Hiking boots, socks and other trail essentials, hydration and nutrition, and cross training

Support and coaching from experienced Hike Leaders and Make-A-Wish staff

Hotel Accommodations on hike weekends will be at the Hampton Inn and Suites in Franklin, NC; Friday, May 16 to Sunday, May 18 (3-days/2-nights) or Friday, May 30 to Sunday, June 1. (3-days/2-nights)

Trailblaze Challenge dri-fit shirt for hike weekend

Friday night pasta party to carb load before the big day

Transportation to and from the Trail on Hike Day

Trail support at multiple locations throughout your journey, including hydration, snacks, first aid, encouragement, and much more

Saturday evening post-hike celebration to share trail stories

Sunday post-hike recognition breakfast before heading home

How Will I Reach My Goals?

Make-A-Wish will support hike participants each step of the way by providing each participant with a personalized fundraising webpage, as well as sponsorship and fundraising materials, tips and advice. Each Trailblazer will be provided with a specialized training program and will be invited to attend bi-weekly coach led training sessions and informal meet-ups.

Event Location:
24.1 or 15.6 miles of the Bartram Trail, starting at Appletree Campground and ending outside the town of Franklin, NC

Event Schedule:

Trailblaze Challenge Weekend #1 *Hike will take place on 5/17/20145/16/2014 5:00 pm - 5/18/2014 11:00 am
Trailblaze Challenge Weekend #2 *Hike will take place on 5/31/20145/30/2014 5:00 pm - 6/1/2014 11:00 am
Alumni: No Fees
Registration for Trailblaze Alumni (completed the hike in 2013)

Help Files

Special Thanks to:
Commercial Works Logo