Join the fun on the Twin Valley Trail Challenge presented by Dayton Hikers and Five Rivers MetroParks. See how far you can hike in a day. We will have marked routes where you can hike from 1 to 27.5 miles all on the Twin Valley Trail. All routes will be in Germantown MetroPark, Twin Creek MetroPark and on the TVT Connector Trail. All of the hiking is in the woods on a dirt footpath except for some short road and bike trail walking on the Connector Trail. This event is FREE and open to the public thanks to our generous sponsors.
This is a non-competitive hiking event.
Compete only against yourself. We don’t post results or track results by any category. We want you to enjoy the beauty of the Twin Valley Trail and our local parks without having to race against others. The Classic Challenge is completing the entire 27.5 mile Twin Valley Trail in one day….Are you up to the challenge?
Download, complete and sign this one page REGISTRATION FORM. Bring it with you and drop it off at the Registration Area. Blank registration forms will be available at the Registration Area.
Along the hiking routes we will have snack and water stations. These stations are a great opportunity to rest, re-fuel and rehydrate before tackling your next segment.
After the hike from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm (or until the food is gone) we will have some picnic food available for the participants at the finish line.
All of this is provided at no charge! However, please consider making a donation.
Who should participate?
This event is designed for people who have hiking experience and wish to challenge themselves with an endurance hike. This event is not for people who have always wanted to try hiking or for those with no hiking experience. If you are interested in becoming a hiker or participating in training hikes check out www.daytonhikers.org
You pick the start time.
You can start your challenge hike anytime between 5:30 am and 1:00 pm. Just show up when it is convenient for you based on the number of miles you anticipate hiking. We recommend at least 10 – 12 hours for the entire challenge.
We provide support!
This is a supported hike. We offer you assistance during this hike in the form of snacks, water and shuttles.
The hikes begin at the group campground at Twin Creek MetroPark at the Bob Gardner Lodge. Check in at the start of your hike. You will receive trail maps and an info sheet with routes, helpful information and the number to call for the shuttle. Bring some friends and hike in a group! Make some friends when you get there! Bring your cell phone.
Don’t have a hiking partner?
No problem! Just show up on the top of the hour from the posted start times and meet your new friends. We will do our best to match you with other people hiking the same distance. You can all hike together. The route for the first 5 miles is the same for all hikers.
Expect a variety of terrain including steep hills, open meadows, wooded footpaths and mud. The TVT Connector Trail includes some road walking and paved bike trail walking.
The Twin Valley Trail is marked with an icon of a hiker. Follow the hiker icon on wooden posts. Pay attention at intersections to ensure you are taking the correct path.
What To Wear And Bring:
- Comfortable shoes. Hiking shoes or boots are best. Make sure they are broken in.
- Dress for the weather. Choose clothes with synthetic fabrics. Avoid cotton fabrics.
- Day pack.
- Hat with a brim.
- Water bottles. Fill them up at home. There is no running water at the registration area.
- Food/snacks. We provide some food but don’t rely on it.
- Rain jacket.
- Sunscreen, lip balm, sunglasses.
- Trekking poles are highly recommended! Enough said.
- Cell phone.
- Spare socks.
Trail Rules and Etiquette:
- No motorized vehicles, bicycles, horses, or pack stock are permitted.
- Pets must be on a leash and under control at all times.
- Stay on the trail. Do not cut switchbacks or take shortcuts.
- Yield to faster hikers. Pass on the left.
- Hikers going uphill are working hard and should be given the right of way over hikers coming downhill.
- Don’t be a litterbug. Use the trash cans.
- Greet people you meet. Say hello!
- In the event of an emergency call 911.
There is no set end time for the TVT Challenge. Shuttle service ends at 8:00 pm. Sunset is at 8:30 pm, and dark is at 9:00 pm. The parks and trails officially close at 10:00 pm. It is advised that you finish your hike by 9:00 pm. You are responsible for determining if you can safely complete your desired hike. If not please call for a shuttle to avoid having to hike in the dark or if overly fatigued.