125 Miles by Bike, Boot or Boat
Are you ready for a challenge? See if you can log 125 miles by Bike, Boot or Boat during 2016! You can accrue miles at any Minnesota state park, state forest, state trail or state water trail—just keep track of how far you go. Use DNR maps for reference or track distance on your favorite mobile app.
Snowshoe hikes, wildflower walks, and many other naturalist-led programs will count toward your total, as well as any miles you log on your own. Check the calendar of events and look for the green icon to find upcoming opportunities that will add miles to your total.
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Count me in! Where should I start?
To get started, download the 125 Miles tracking sheet. It's a fillable form—you can use it to keep track of your mileage online, or print it out and fill it in by hand. If you use a mobile tracking device, you may use that instead.
Your 125-mile total can be all in one category, or a combination of different activities. If you reach your goal early in the year, see if you can get 125 miles for all three categories!
(Sorry—only one sticker per person.)
Which miles count?
Nearly all of them! Here are some examples:
- Traveling within state parks, state recreation areas or state forests, or on state trails.
- Paddling within a state park or on a state water trail.
- Traveling on a trail that connects with a trail in a state park, state trail or state water trail:
- If you are hiking on the Superior Hiking Trail and your trip includes a segment within a state park, you can include the entire length of your hike that day. If you didn't go through the state park, your miles on this trail wouldn't count.
- If you bike the full Shingobee loop trail in Walker, you can include your entire ride that day since it includes both the Heartland State Trail and the Paul Bunyan State Trail in addition to the Shingobee Trail.
- If you are hiking on the North Country Trail and you are involved in one of the monthly guided trips, you can include that trip.
You're welcome to explore a different trail each time, or travel the same trail many times—they'll all count.
Miles traveled by anyone using a wheelchair or other mobility device count too, of course! Here are some popular paved and accessible trails.
Is any rental equipment available?
Yes! Many state parks and recreation areas rent canoes, kayaks and snowshoes. Some parks also rent stand-up paddleboards and cross-country skis. Use ParkFinder to search for rental equipment statewide.
Are there prizes for finishers?
When you reach 125 miles total, you will get a limited-edition "Finisher" sticker and can upload your photo to our Finishers Gallery.
You also get bragging rights and—most important—the mental and physical benefits of spending time outdoors in nature!
(Sorry—only one sticker per person.)
How do I get my 125 Miles Finisher sticker?
Bring your completed tracking sheet(s) or mobile tracking device to any staffed Minnesota state park or recreation area to receive your sticker. Once you've got your sticker, take a photo of yourself with it and upload it to the Finishers Gallery.
Be sure to select the "125 Mile Finisher" tag from under Activity or Program, and don't forget to include your Finishers sticker somewhere in the photo!
Show me the Finishers Gallery!
You got it! View the 125 Miles Finisher Gallery.
Want a few tips?
Here are some links to help you plan your trips:
- Biking main page
- Biking safety tips and packing list
- State parks and trail with bike tune-up stations
- Paddling main page
- Paddling safety tips
- Learn paddling skills from certified instructors
- Sign up to receive the state water trails newsletter
We look forward to seeing you out on Minnesota's trails and in the state parks in 2016!