North Dakota state park launches annual hiking challenge
MANDAN, N.D. (AP) — Hikers are set to welcome the New Year in Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park south of Mandan.
The state park launches its fourth annual 12-for-12 hiking challenge on Jan. 1.
Seventy-five-year-old Berny Schuh of Bismarck says she’ll be there when the challenge starts on Tuesday. Schuh tells The Bismarck Tribune she has completed the park’s hiking challenge all three years it’s been offered.
The park offers a group hike at least once a month. Those who complete 12 hikes are rewarded with an annual state park pass.
Interpretive coordinator Matt Schanandore says the program is aimed at encouraging people from the Bismarck-Mandan area to visit the park throughout the year.
The hikes attract about 4,000 people each year, with an average of 150 to 200 people participating in each event.
Information from: Bismarck Tribune, http://www.bismarcktribune.com