Traditional Ultimate Hikes - About the Trails

Our Traditional Ultimate Hike trails are some of the most beautiful in the country. They vary from hike to hike based on the geographic features of the area, but each trail will provide a challenge no matter the level of hike experience. Every route is selected so that we can provide ample aid stations to provide food, water, and support so our hikers can safely complete these extreme distances in one day.

Use the map below to find an Ultimate Hike near you, or see below for more details on each Hike.

Canaan Valley -

Train in Baltimore / Washington DC, Charlottesville, VA, Philadelphia, PA, Pittsburgh, PA, Virginia Beach, VA

Dolly Sods Trail PictureThe Canaan Valley Ultimate Hike made its debut in 2013 and continues to receive rave reviews! The 17,371 acre Canaan Valley is located in the beautiful Monongahela National Forest in West Virginia, and is part of the National Wilderness Preservation System. It contains bog and heath eco-types, more commonly typical to southern Canada. The elevations range from 2,500 to over 4,700 feet. It also contains most of the Red Creek drainage - these unique ecological features make it unlike any of our other trails! Join us for 21 miles! Learn More...

Superior Hiking Trail -

Train in Duluth MN, Madison WI, Twin Cities MN, Rochester MN

Superior Hiking Trail PictureOur Superior Hiking Trail hike includes 25.5 miles of our northernmost trail, overlooking sparkling Lake Superior. You will hike primarily in Minnesota while you help raise money towards finding a cure for children's cancer, the leading cause of death by disease in children. Learn More...

Pacific Crest Trail -

Train in Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Phoenix, San Diego

Pacific Crest TrailWe're so excited for our long awaited return to the Pacific Crest Trail! Join us for 25 miles on the westernmost trail of Hiking's Triple Crown. Our home base will be Big Bear Lake California, where the town itself is worth the trip! Train in one of our official training cities, or train on your own and head west to join us for this perfect destination adventure. You'll have to travel to 10,000 feet for the adventure, but elevation gain/loss on the actual trail puts it right in the middle of our Hikes difficulty-wise. Learn More...

Tecumseh Trail -

Train in Chicago, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Southern Michigan, St. Louis

Tecumseh Trail PictureOur "hidden gem," the Tecumseh Trail, is located primarily in the beautiful Yellowwood Forest of Indiana. This hike features stunning views of fall foliage throughout the entire 28.1 mile trek. This trail follows the proposed national Tecumseh Trail route that was to span from Florida to Canada. The terrain is challenging, but the reward is fabulous views of pines, creeks, ponds, lakes and wildlife on the trail. Learn More...

Lone Star Trail -

Train in Austin, TX, Dallas / Ft. Worth, TX, Houston, TX, San Antonio, TX

Lone Star WildernessThe Lone Star Trail is the longest wilderness footpath in the great state of Texas, and we can't wait to be back on it this year. The warm climate means that you can find beautiful pops of color in the forms of flowers and other vegetation and fungi year round. It's our flattest course, which sets beginners up for success and allows avid Hikers to log great times on our 22.7 mile trek. Learn More...

Southeast -

Train in Asheville, Charleston, Chattanooga, Knoxville, Nashville, Savannah

Foothills Trail PictureOur Ultimate Hike Southeast on the Foothills Trail takes hikers across 28.3 miles of this North and South Carolina based trail. The landscape is diverse, ranging from high rocky outcrops with views to the distant horizon, to quiet forests in deep valleys carved by bold mountain streams. Wildlife sightings are common, and hikers will enjoy the challenge of this beautiful trail. Learn More...

Foothills Trail -

Train in Atlanta, Charlotte, Columbia, Greenville/Upstate, Raleigh

Foothills Trail PictureOur Foothills Trail Ultimate Hike takes hikers across 28.3 miles of this North and South Carolina based trail. The landscape is diverse, ranging from high rocky outcrops with views to the distant horizon, to quiet forests in deep valleys carved by bold mountain streams. Wildlife sightings are common, and hikers will enjoy the challenge of this beautiful trail. The Foothills Trail hikes attract more hikers annually than any other, and we expect that this event will sell out in 2020! Don't miss your chance to complete the original Ultimate Hike! Learn More...

Volunteer Planned CureSearch Hikes

Our volunteer planned Hikes are single day events that are open to the public, and tend to be shorter than our traditional events in length. We cannot thank the individuals and groups that work hard to put on these great events to help end children's cancer.

Thank you to our 2019 volunteer organizers! Additional 2020 Create Your Adventure events will be available soon. In the meantime, email to start planning your own event, or to be the first to know about volunteer planned events near you.

RaleighThe Raleigh/Umstead CureSearch Hike is our newest volunteer planned event, hosted by a dedicated Ultimate Hike alumni who wants to make the program more accessible and hikes in honor of a local child. Located in Raleigh, NC, Umstead Park provides a beautiful natural setting of forested hills with well-maintained trails. Once you leave the trail head, you are 'in the woods,' and the only signs of civilization will be the trail markers and the footbridges that cross the many creeks and streams along the route. You’ll be able to pick from a variety of distance options to create a hike that's challenging and doable for you! Learn More...

Harlans HeroesIn 2015, a remarkable group of hikers took to the trail to hike 12 miles in Fort Mill, SC in memory of Harlan and in honor and memory of all children diagnosed across North and South Carolina. Since then it has been one of the most rapidly growing CureSearch events! Make plans to hike with us during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month! Learn More...

Create Your AdventureComplete your Ultimate Hike in your backyard or halfway around the world! Create Your Adventure gives you the opportunity to set your own fundraising goal, go as many (or as few) miles as you want, and hike solo or with dozens of others. An excellent way to add meaning to your miles if you are planning to summit a mountain, a wonderful activity for youth groups, scout troops and even PE classes, and a great way to get out there and do some good with your friends. Learn More...

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