“Trail Challenge” to kickoff on Earth Day in Rapid City

RAPID CITY, S.D. — The second annual Earth Day Trail Challenge kicks off on Friday in Rapid City.

The objective is simple. You hike along three specific trails, picking up garbage you find along the way until you find the “Happy Earth Day” sign on the trail.

After you find the sign, take a selfie. Present your selfie at the Outdoor Campus West, where you’ll receive a special Rapid City Earth Day pin.

The trails are the Outdoor Campus West Nature Trail, the Skyline Forest Hills Loop Trail and The Blizzard Trail at the Hansen-Larson Memorial Park.

Ria Harper with Rapid City Solid Waste says that while it’s a great opportunity to clean up the more popular trails, it also gives the chance to clean up the roads less traveled.

“Sometimes you know we can just find that stuff that’s really dug down in the trail and you know if it’s somewhere that not a lot of people go, then you know it’s an even bigger when you know we can take care of that, as we’re hiking through,” Harper said.

The challenge starts on Friday (Earth Day) and wraps up at the end of May.

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