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How It Works

What is a Hike?

First and foremost the goal of the 13 Hikes is to get you more active and to have a successful challenge. The hikes are up to you! While one person may want to do 13 Hikes that are all 10 miles long, another person might only be able to make it to the end of the block on the first hike. That is OK too! If you are new to hiking or exercising, it is best to start slow! Hopefully, you will be able to make it a little further each time out! Most importantly, get outdoors and enjoy yourself and start on your path to better mental and physical health!

The 13 Hikes Motivator

Whether you are someone just getting into hiking and the outdoors, or a seasoned pro that loves competition the 13 hike challenge is for you. The challenge helps motivate you to be more active in the outdoors and have a set goal. Here are the easy steps to follow to make your 13 Hikes a success!

Step 1: Check with your Doctor to make sure you are ready for an exercise program!
Step 2: Download the getting started Guides E-Book (free if you are a premium member!)
Step 3: Take a hike! Take pictures, journal, hike with friends and have a great time getting exercise outdoors!
Step 4: Post a photo from your hike on Instagram, and the 13 Hikes Trail buddies social media platform.
Step 5: Tag 13 Hikes and use #13hikes or #13hikesfinisher to be featured on our social media channels!
Step 6: Start another 13 Hikes option like 13 Lakes or 13 Waterfalls and meet new friends and get advice on Trail Buddies!

By getting outside you are already a winner!

Trail Buddies Social

One of the great thing about 13 Hikes is the community support that is available through the social media platform, Trail Buddies. Here is how it works:

  1. Sign up for a free or paid version of the 13 Hikes. Once you pick you will need to set your login information.
  2. Click on the Members Tab. Then find your new profile. When you find your profile click on “Profile Settings” to customize your profile page. Here is a guide on how to customize the profile.
  3. The Main Social page is on the Trail Buddies Social tab at the top. Go there to check the latest activity in the community.
  4. If you are a Trail Boss level member you will be able to form your own Groups and invite people that are close to your interests.
  5. You can also send friend requests to follow along on your favorite friends journeys.
  6. Certain activities will unlock badges in your profile so you can get a little swag and show off your accomplishments! (coming soon)
  7. More to come on Trail Buddies as we evolve the community.

Badges

For achievements on the trail and on Trail Buddies Social you have a chance to earn badges and bragging rights! Here are the Badges that are currently available! If you haven’t seen your badge yet make sure to email Badges@13hikes.com

The Hiker Badge is earned by signing up for the Free version of the 13 Hike Challenge!

The Trekker Badge is earned by signing up for the mid level version of the 13 Hike Challenge!

The Trail Boss Badge is earned by Signing up for the premium version of the 13 Hike Challenge!

The 13 Hike Finisher Badge is earned for finishing the 13 Hike Challenge for the first time and posting on Instagram and Trail Buddies as discussed above!

The 13 Blooms Badge is earned by taking 13 Hikes that have flowers on them and posting the pictures on Trail Buddies and Instagram using #13Blooms and #13Bloomsfinisher

The 13 Waterfalls Badge is earned by hiking to 13 Waterfalls and posting pictures on Trail Buddies and Instagram with #13waterfalls and #13waterfallfinisher

The 13 Peaks Badge is earned by hiking to 13 Peaks and posting pictures on Trail Buddies and Instagram and using #13Peaks and #13Peaksfinisher

The 13 Lakes Badge can be earned by hiking to 13 Lakes and posting the pictures on Trail Buddies and Instagram and using #13Lakes and #13Lakesfinisher

The Two Time Finisher Badge can be earned by completing the 13 Hike Challenge two times, and posting and using hashtags #13Hikes and #13hikes2timefinisher

The Hat Trick Badge is for finishing the 13 Hike Challenge 3 times and posting on Trail Buddies and Instagram and using the #13hikes and #13hikeshattrick

The Grand Slam badge comes from finishing the 13 hike challenge for the fourth time! As well as posting on Trail Buddies and Instagram and using hashtags #13hikes and #13hikesgrandslam