1. Participants can register for the Challenge between August 1st and October 31st Online. Registration is free. Online registration is available here.
2. The Challenge must be completed between September 1st and October 31st. Participants can only be credited for completion of one Challenge per year.
3. Completed Challenge logs must be turned into the park office as soon as possible after completion of your Challenge. If the building is closed, deposit them in the nearby self-service day-pass box. Or use the handy online submission challenge log here. Logs must be submitted no later than November 1st.
4. There are three levels of Challenge.
Frontenac Challenge: hike all 11 loops.
Frontenac Trek: hike any six loops (excluding the short Arab Lake Gorge and Doe Lake Loops).
Junior Challenge: youngsters under age 12 may hike any six loops.
We recommend that participants hike with a detailed trail map.
The official Frontenac Park trail map ($12 tax incl.) is available
at the park office/visitor centre.
Or order a map from our online store and
have it mailed to your home ($15.00 includes shipping).
5. Trail confirmation: One highly visible red and yellow sign is located somewhere on each trail loop. Note the contents of each loop’s sign in your Challenge log.
6. Alternate Trail: The Moulton Gorge Loop may be substituted for the Little Salmon Lake Loop. Ask at the office/visitor centre for details.
7. Slide Lake Loop (21km): You don’t have to hike around both sides of Slide Lake. Choose one side — the western trail section is shorter but more rugged. Hiking "Small Slide Lake (9km)" does not count, you must do the full 21km Slide Lake Loop.
8. Start Close: Loops can be started from the closest parking lot.
9. Pace Yourself: Any loop can be spread over two or more days.
10. No Shortcuts: Parts of a trail loop that are shared with a neighbouring loop must be hiked twice. Bufflehead and Dedication are excluded from the challenge.
11. Must Hike On Foot: All hikers must hike all loops on their own feet, you cannot be carried for any duration of the hike.