Event Information


Event Date: May 4-6 & May 11-13, 2018
Event Location: Foothills Trail

Registration Fees:  A $100 personal donation is requested at time of registration and will be credited toward your overall fundraising goal.
T-Shirt information: Every hiker receives a dri-fit t-shirt on hike weekend.
Event Schedule: 

Hike Weekend 1:

  • check-in Friday May 4, 2018 beginning at 3:00pm 
  • pasta party (carb load dinner) Friday May 4, 2018 at 6:00pm
  • Saturday May 5, 2018 *THE BIG HIKE DAY*
  • Sunday May 6, 2018 victory breakfast 8:00am

Hike Weekend 2:

  • check-in Friday May 11, 2018 beginning at 3:00pm 
  • pasta party (carb load dinner) Friday May 11, 2018 at 6:00pm
  • Saturday May 12, 2018 *THE BIG HIKE DAY*
  • Sunday May 13, 2018 victory breakfast 8:00am

Length of Hike: Choice of 28.3 or 16.4 mile hike.
Parking Info:  TBA prior to each training hike. For event weekend all participants are transported throughout the event, for family/friends parking is available but limited near the finish line at Oconee State Park. We encourage carpooling if possible.
Are Pets Allowed? Pets are allowed on the first few (shorter) training hikes. After that, we ask that you please not include pets and pets are not allowed on the trail for hike weekend.      
Route Map: TBA

About the Foothills Trail

Located in Upstate South Carolina and Western North Carolina, the Foothills Trail is roughly 76.2 miles long. With a diverse landscape, ranging from rocky peaks with beautiful views to quiet, lush forests, and stream and waterfall crossings, The Foothills Trail is a breathtaking natural wonder. Wildlife sightings can be common, and hikers will love the challenge of this beautiful trail.

About the Trailblaze Challenge

Designed as an endurance program, the Trailblaze Challenge gives participants the choice of 28.3 or 16.4 mile distances to tackle the terrain of the Foothills Trail, all in one amazing day! This is a hike, not a race, and caters to all levels from novice to advanced outdoor enthusiasts.

Trailblaze Challenge is a symbolic experience. From taking on the noble challenge of making wishes come true while undertaking a demanding 28.3 mile hike the Trailblaze Challenge echoes the wish experience of SC wish kids with life-threatening medical conditions beginning with excitement, to defying the odds through a sixteen-week training period and raising awareness and funds to the culmination, hike day. In the end, a hiker's feelings of excitement, of finally obtaining something they've dreamed about, and then, the momentary escape from the tired feelings earned during their journey are all a direct reflection of the joy they have provided to wish kids.

By supporting the Trailblaze Challenge, participants help Make-A-Wish South Carolina grant more wishes than ever statewide this year.