FAQ

What is the Trailblaze Challenge?
Designed as a one-day endurance event, the Trailblaze Challenge gives participants the opportunity to hike 28 miles along the Pacific Crest Trail in picturesque Big Bear, California. In additional to hiking, participants will also raise much needed funds to grant the wishes of children in San Diego! This is a hike, not a race, and caters to all levels from novice to advanced outdoor enthusiasts.

About the Pacific Crest Trail
The Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) is a treasured pathway through some of the most outstanding scenic terrain in the United States. The famous hiking trail spans 2,650 miles (4,265 kilometers) from Mexico to Canada through California, Oregon, and Washington. It reveals the beauty of the desert, unfolds the glaciated expanses of the Sierra Nevada, travels deep forests, and provides commanding vistas of volcanic peaks in the Cascade Range. Trailblaze Challenge San Diego will cover the iconic PCT by way of the Cougar Crest Trail and will end at Onyx Summit. Wildlife sightings can be common, and hikers will love the challenge of this beautiful trail.

What is included in my hike experience?

  • Specialized training program including a workout calendar and weekly group hikes
  • Training Clinics topics include hiking boots, socks & other trail essentials, hydration, nutrition & cross training (when available)
  • Support and coaching from experienced Trailblaze Hike Leaders and Make-A-Wish staff
  • Hotel Accommodations on Hike Weekend at The Lodge at Big Bear Lake—A Holiday Inn Resort (3-days/2-nights)
  • Trailblaze Challenge duo-dry shirt for hike weekend
  • Transportation to and from the trail on Hike Day
  • Friday night Pasta Party to carb load before the big day
  • Trail support at multiple locations throughout your journey, including hydration, snacks, first aid and encouragement
  • Saturday evening post-hike Celebration to share trail stories
  • Sunday post-hike Victory Recognition Breakfast before heading home


Is there a fee to participate?
Each trailblazer will be asked to raise a minimum amount of funds to cover their expenses and to help Make-A-Wish continue its mission to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions. A non-refundable $100 donation is required at the time of registration and will be credited toward your fundraising goal.

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 weekly group training sessions and informal meet-ups.

Is my information secure?
Yes. We use industry-standard SSL encryption techniques to make sure that your credit card information, passwords, and personal information travel securely over the Internet. There is an encryption engine on our database server so that your data is securely stored.

How is credit card information handled?
Credit card information is not stored in our database. During the donation process, we send donor credit card information to an online processing terminal using a secure connection. The information passed back is an approval or denial of the credit card donation.

How do I register for the the event online?
Click here to RSVP for a mandatory, no commitment information session. If you are unable to attend any of the available sessions, please contact us.

I forgot my Username and Password. How can I find out what they are?
Remember that your username and password are case sensitive. Click here to find your password. You will receive separate emails with your username and password.

How can I see who has donated to me?
Go to the Login section on the site. Enter the Username and Password that you used when you registered for the event. In your Participant Center, click on "View Progress". You will see Donor Name and dollar amounts in the Donation History section.

How can I view my team's activity?
Log in to the site using your username and password, and then click on the ‘My Team’ tab. This will allow you to view your team roster and the amounts raised by each team member.

What do I do with check or cash donations that I receive?
Turn your check or cash donations in to your local event coordinator at your local chapter office. They will add it into the system and count it towards your fundraising goal. Make sure to print out the Mail In donation form and include it with your cash or check donations.

All of my donors are not showing up on the scroll mechanism. Why?
As your supporters donate to you or your team, they have the option to make their name visible or anonymous in the scroll. Please contact koram@wishsandiego.org with questions.

How does Make-A-Wish® utilize the contributions?
To get more information on how Make-A-Wish® uses contributions, please visit our website at http://sandiego.wish.org/.

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