2023 Take a Hike Challenge

Welcome to the 2023 Take A Hike Challenge! We have selected seven hiking routes in our parks to introduce you to the variety and beauty of your San Mateo County Parks! A special reward is available for those who complete the #2023TakeAHikeChallenge. 

Follow these steps to complete the challenge:

  1. Download the below PDFs of the challenge locations. 
  2. Plan ahead for your hike. 
    1. Some trail routes may be easier and some harder. Try your best to complete the route and if you’re looking for a longer hike try exploring other parts of the park. 
    2. You can complete the challenge in any order you prefer! We will be highlighting a different park each month, but you do not need to complete that park in that month.
    3. Junipero Serra Park, Huddart Park, Sam McDonald Park, San Pedro Valley Park, and Coyote Point have a $6 vehicle entrance fee.
    4. Some parks allow dogs and others do not. Check out the individual pages for each park for more information! Learn more about Dog Access in County Parks.
  3. Take a selfie or group photo at the designated spot. See the photos below for where to take your picture. 
  4. Help promote the challenge and share your photo on social media with the hashtag #TakeAHikeChallenge and the hashtag at the particular park, for example #SamMcDonaldPark. Note: You don’t have to share on social media to qualify for the prize.
  5. To report your completed challenge and to submit for a prize, please fill out this form and email your challenge photos to kewright@smcgov.org

The deadline to complete the 2023 Take A Hike Challenge and claim your prizes is October 31, 2023. 

    Prize levels
    • Four Challenges - Sunglasses, TickKey, and Water Bottle 
    • All Seven Challenges - Above prizes + ToteBag!

    Please note that supply for prizes is limited to the first 250 participants.

      Tails on Trails Participants!

      Those participating with your four-legged family members, be sure to bring your pup to the parks that permit dogs and include them in your photos for a special pup prize!

      For questions or concerns, please email kewright@smcgov.org

      Come Hike with Us!

      This year we’re offering in-person Take A Hike events in addition to the Take A Hike Challenge. The routes we take for the in-person events will be the same as those for the challenge, so you can complete the challenge on your own or with us. Find dates for the in-person hikes below.

      All hikes run from 9:00 to 11:00AM. See registration links for more information. Registration links will be posted about a month before each event

      April 1 Pillar Point Bluff (Tails on Trails)

      May 6 Sawyer Camp Trail - South of Dam Segment

      June 3 Sam McDonald Park

      July 1 Huddart Park

      August 5 Junipero Serra Park (Tails on Trails)

      September 2 Coyote Point Recreation Area (Tails on Trails)

      October 7 San Pedro Valley Park | Register

      Tails on Trails

      These hikes help visitors become familiar with dog-friendly San Mateo County Parks and what’s expected when hiking with your furry friend.   This event is open to everyone; dogs are not required.

      To make this a fun event for everyone, we ask that you:

      • Always keep your dog on leash; at least 6 feet or less when around others
      • Stay on the trail
      • Keep your dog out of playgrounds and other areas not designated for dogs
      • Please clean up after your dog (bags and trash cans are provided)
      • Walk no more than 3 dogs per person
      • Leave wildlife and vegetation undisturbed

      List of Dog-Friendly SMC Parks

      Thank you to our partners!
      • San Mateo County Parks Foundation
      • Kaiser Permanente