Ridgefield is home to a wonderful trail network, a spacious waterfront and calm river, a one-of-a-kind Refuge, and is nestled in a region full of amazing outdoor recreation opportunities.
100 Miles in 100 Days challenges community members to get moving and enjoying our environment and natural resources.
Our 2021 participants completed 100 miles of walking, running, hiking, paddling, or biking outside in the 100 days between Saturday, June 5th and Monday, September 13th. They participated in community events from our partners along the way and got healthy exercise alongside their neighbors.
Looking for ideas of where to complete your miles? Check our guide below the FAQ!
Community Events and Promotions
Saturday, October 2: Grand Prize Raffle Drawing. We will be drawing names for the grand prize raffle LIVE during BirdFest & Bluegrass at Overlook Park in Downtown Ridgefield! We encourage you to wear your 100 Miles T-Shirt at be at Overlook Park at 11:30 to witness name drawing for SEVERAL prizes. Note: If you are unable to attend and your name is drawn, we will reserve your prize for you and contact you for pick up.
The Friends of Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge is a non-profit dedicated to promoting educational programs of the Ridgefield NWR, and protecting and enhancing its wildlife habitat.
When you register for the challenge you will receive a link to access the online challenge tracking system through ChallengeHound. The challenge begins on Saturday, June 5th, and ends 100 days later on Monday, September 13th. Each time you go outside and walk, run, hike, paddle, or bike during this time frame, record it on ChallengeHound!
We will automatically receive your completed miles at the end of the challenge. ALL participants who complete at least 100 qualifying miles within the 100 days will be entered into the Grand Prize raffle.
Register for the challenge online beginning Saturday, May 1st. Registration is $10/person and includes access to the online tracking system, 2021 challenge T-Shirt, and an enamel “Finisher” pin. The Challenge begins June 5th, and registration closes June 21st.
You can register multiple people at once online. Simply select as many “Individual Registrations” as you need. T-Shirt sizes will be collected for each participant and each participant can create their own profile in the online challenge tracker.
Of course! We have set up Challenge Hound to accept Wheelchair and Handcycle activities. Simply record your distance and add the activity! The key part of this challenge is: Get Outside and Get Moving. We welcome participants of all abilities and skill levels.
To simplify tracking for participants and our team, we are using ChallengeHound to track miles in this year’s challenge. Here is how it works:
- In the confirmation email from Eventbrite, you will be provided with a link to join the Challenge Hound event. Register for Challenge Hound with a simple name and email.
Important: the name you submit will be public to other participants in the challenge. If you prefer to remain anonymous, please submit an alternate name or you may track your miles on paper.
Names and mileage totals are shared to promote community, competition, and fun, but we understand if you are not comfortable sharing this information. Please see instructions below for tracking on paper.
- Track your activities manually or automatically.
- Manual activity tracking: Visit the Challenge Hound website and input your activities daily, weekly, or bi-weekly. Simply click on “Activities” and then “Add An Activity.” Fill in the requested information, select the correct activity type, and select “Save Activity.” You will immediately see your progress change in the challenge.
- Automatically: Challenge Hound can sync with the following apps for automatic activity syncing: Strava, Under Armour (Map My Run, Map My Ride, Map My Walk, Map My Hike, and Map My Fitness), and Garmin. Visit the Challenge Hound website and click on “Apps” then select the option you would like to sync with. Your activities will be updated automatically.
Struggling with Challenge Hound? Visit their support website for common questions: https://support.challengehound.com/
Once you have registered for the 100 Miles in 100 Days Challenge you will receive a confirmation email with a link to a printable PDF mile tracker. Simply use the PDF to track your miles and submit following the instructions on the tracker.
We chose to use Challenge Hound because it will track your progress for you and being able to see other participants encourages competition and community. We want you to use it however works best for you.
Example: You registered your family of 6 and you plan to complete all of your miles together.
- When you register on Challenge Hound, make your name Smith Family and that’s how you will appear on the leaderboard! Complete and record your activities together.
- You will still receive 6 T-Shirts and 6 “Finisher” pins.
Log miles by walking, running, hiking, paddling, or biking in Ridgefield or anywhere! You can complete miles wherever you are, as long as you are outside!
- Paddling miles can be earned in any non-motorized boat. Example: kayak, canoe, Stand Up Paddleboard, etc.
- Bike miles count as 0.5 qualifying miles. Bikes have wheels that make the miles pass faster, when recording your biking distance, please divide the distance in half.
Look for ideas on where to complete your miles lower on this page, and keep an eye out for community activities that may offer an opportunity to earn miles!
Sure, we’d love to have you! Registration will remain open through June 21st.
After that, we need time to order T-Shirts and pins, so unfortunately you will need to wait until next year.
Congratulations! First, give yourself a high-five.
You are more than welcome to continue getting outside and being active (in fact, we really hope you do!) but there is no need to continue logging miles. Challenge Hound will not reflect additional miles after you have met the challenge.
If you are tracking along online with Challenge Hound, no action is required on your part. We already have your activity log and you will be entered in the Grand Prize raffle.
If you are tracking on paper, don’t forget to submit your log to us! All completed paper activity logs must be received by end of day Monday, September 20th, at City Hall to be entered in the Grand Prize raffle. Log sheets can be returned via email, mail or hand delivery to:
Mail: City of Ridgefield Events, PO Box 608, Ridgefield, WA 98642
Hand Delivery: You may drop your completed activity log in the grey payment drop box at 230 Pioneer Street, Ridgefield, WA 98642.
Email Megan.DeMoss@ridgefieldwa.us to schedule an appointment to pick up T-Shirt.
Don’t forget to take pictures while completing the challenge and post it to Facebook or Instagram using the #Ridgefield100in100 #RidgefieldTrails, and #CityofRidgefieldEvents. We want to see all the fun you’re having!
Thank you to our generous 2021 Sponsors!
How to get miles:
- Ridgefield Parks and Trails Map – Use this map to identify a loop of any size that starts and ends in your neighborhood! If you are feeling up for a long walk, tour the city!
- View our Suggested Loops on Ridgefield Trails
- To find short trail segments connecting to subdivisions around town, download the Strava app, create an account (hint: you can skip the free trial and go right to the free version), and Follow the City of Ridgefield. We have been logging trails using the app this spring and are working on an updated trail map and trail resource webpage. Go to the City of Ridgefield profile on Strava and click “Activities” to browse trail segments. Instructions to use Strava on a browser.
- Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge Trails – The Refuge is home to several trail options! Please remember dogs are not allowed on the refuge and there is a daily use fee.
- A newly connected trail is open this summer connecting downtown Ridgefield to the Refuge and the Port of Ridgefield! Start at Overlook Park and walk up North Main to the Refuge. Journey through the Oaks to Wetlands trail system and then take the Carty Lake Trail to the waterfront Port property. Continue on the waterfront trail to Mill St, then return to Main and south to Overlook Park. You will complete nearly 5 miles.
- For an educational walk, complete the Historic Walking Tour of downtown Ridgefield!
CLARK COUNTY – NORTH
- Whipple Creek County Park – Trail Map. Whipple Creek is home to an expansive trail network and equestrian trails. Please check the county website for any potential trail closures or restrictions.
- Moulton Falls Regional Park/Bells Mountain Trail – A 387 acre park on the East Fork of the Lewis River featuring two waterfalls and a bridge. 2.5 mile trail connecting to Lucia Falls and access to the 7.5 mile Bells Mountain Trail. Parking is free.
- Lewisville Regional Park – a 159-acre park with a meandering 2.8-mile trail. Note: $3 Parking Fee or County Park pass required.
- Bells Mountain Trail – A primitive, 8 mile trail accessed from Moulton Falls Park.
- Paradise Point State Park – Paradise Point is a State Park along the Lewis River and offers 2 miles of hiking trails. Note: Discover Pass or daily use fee required.
- Battle Ground Lake State Park – This lakeside park has over 10 miles of interwoven hiking trails. Note: Discover Pass or daily use fee required.
CLARK COUNTY – CENTRAL
- WSU Vancouver Cougar Trails – A six mile trail system exploring the campus and open space, and forested land of WSU Vancouver. Note: Parking at the campus is subject to a daily fee Monday-Friday.
- Salmon Creek Greenway Trial – The Salmon Creek Greenway Trail begins at Klineline Park and travels along Salmon Creek for about 3 miles. Park at one end and travel 6 total miles or choose a turn around point for any length. Note: $3 Parking Fee or County Park pass required to park at Klineline
- Burnt Bridge Creek Trail System – This 8-mile paved trail passes through a variety of landscapes and is mostly flat. There are several trailheads along the trail and three detailed maps for each section.
CLARK COUNTY – EAST
- Lacamas Regional Park – 9.5 miles of gravel and dirt trails surrounding Lacamas and Round lakes. Click the name for trail maps. Parking is free.
- Captain William Clark Regional Park – This beachfront park has 4.17 miles of dirt/gravel trail and features breathtaking views of Mt Hood. Parking is free.
CLARK COUNTY – WEST
- Frenchman’s Bar Trail – This 2.5 mile paved trail connects Frenchman’s Bar Park with Vancouver Lake Park. Note: Both parks require $3 daily parking or County Park Parking Pass.
- Columbia River Renaissance Trail – This paved 5-mile trail travels along the Columbia River. Trailheads are located at Wintler Community Park, Marine Park, and Waterfront Park. Note: There is a $5 fee to park at Wintler. On street parking at Waterfront Park is metered on weekdays.
- Discovery Historic Loop Trail – This 2.3-mile loop tours the historic sites of Fort Vancouver, Officers Row and downtown Vancouver.
You can complete miles ANYWHERE for this challenge! Find popular trails wherever you are on Strava or All Trails. Note: Each bike mile counts for 0.5 miles in the challenge. Here are some local resources for Biking Trails:
- Bike Clark County – Find biking events and resources on the Clark County biking advocacy page.
- City of Vancouver Cycling Maps – This page contains cycling maps for Vancouver and Clark County, as well as for the I-5 Bridge and the City of Portland.
- Clark County Bike Routes Interactive Map – Use this interactive map to plan your next bicycle trip.
- Vancouver Bicycle Club – This club hosts and shares information for group rides.
* Please note: The trails at the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge are pedestrian only.
You can complete miles ANYWHERE for this challenge! Find launch points near you using the GoPaddling app. Note: You can complete paddling miles with a kayak, paddleboard, canoe, or any other boat that you manually power.
- Port of Ridgefield Kayak Launch – Launch at the Port of Ridgefield onto Lake River and paddle to the tip of Bachelor Island. $10 Day Use Fee or Yearly Pass required.
- Battle Ground Lake – A small lake surrounded by forested land. Motorized vehicles not permitted on the water. Discover Pass and boat launch permit required.
- Lacamas and Round Lake – Located at Lacamas Regional Park, the two lakes connect. Round Lake offers calmer waters with no watersports. Multiple launch sites available.
- Vancouver Lake – Vancouver Lake is an excellent lake for beginner paddlers. There are often events held here and the waters are prone to algae, so check the website before you go. Note: Dogs are not allowed in the park and $3 daily parking fee or Clark County Parks pass is required.
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