Wondering about what to pack, what you’ll eat or if your furry friend can join you for Hike MS? You’ve come to the right place! Here are the ins and outs of what you need to know to get ready for the hike of a lifetime.
Raise $100 ($50 for hikers ages 5-12) and get an event T-shirt. Age Minimum: 5 years old
Routes & Maps
There are route options for every hiker; from the paved 2-mile base camp path to a 9-mile hike through varying terrain – and everything in between! Route marshals, rest stops, and medical support are available along the route to ensure your safety and comfort.
Keystone Resort has a base elevation of 9,280 feet and the summit is at 12,408 feet with a vertical drop of 3,087 feet.
- 2 Mile (accessible)
- 3 Mile (Dercum Trail at top of mountain)
- 6 Mile
- 9 Mile (by adding the 3 mile Dercum Trail at the top)
Routes start from 100 Dercum Square, Keystone, CO 80435. Routes end at Gondola Plaza at Keystone Resort to The Overlook at Summit House.
- 2022 Route Map - Coming soon!
We will have two Hike MS Fundraising Weeks scheduled this year so save the dates! Prizes will be announced soon - stay tuned.
April 18-April 24: Team Fundraising Week
Congratulations and Thank You to our winning teams!
Top Fundraising Team: Mountain Steppers - Hiking for a Cure
Prize: Team Tent
Top 3 Recruiting Teams:
- Jodi's Golden Girls
- Heidi's Heroes
- A Strong Vacca
Prize: A Hike MS Gift Basket
June 13-June 19 Prizes:
- Top Individual who fundraises the most - SummitCove Vacation Rental Voucher
- Top Individual who has the largest number of donations - SummitCove Vacation Rental Voucher
- Top Individual who recruits the most team members - Outdoor Hiking Kit
June 13-June 19: Individual Fundraising Week
July 1-July 28: Recruit one new person and/or raise $200 to receive an exclusive Hike MS hat on event weekend!
Reach out to Mary Keathley (email@example.com) for more details and/or questions.
Lodging & Food
Food at the Event
Each route includes fully-stocked rest stops with some of the best snacks and volunteers around. Relax, hydrate, use the restroom, re-apply sunscreen and enjoy the volunteers.
Lunch will be served at the finish line near Summit House and will be single serve, grab and go.
To ensure safety on the hike we will have pre-packaged snacks at rest stops, hand sanitizer will be available throughout the event, and signage will promote social distancing. Please refer to the About Hike MS & COVID-19 page for more safety information.
What to Wear & Pack
A hike in Colorado's mountains requires more preparation than a walk around the neighborhood. Rough terrain and the potential for extreme weather mean that you need to plan in advance and exercise appropriate caution on your hike. Afternoon rain showers with thunder, lightning and dropping temperatures are normal in the mountains. Be prepared and pack light and smart:
- Light backpack
- Water bottle and snacks
- Sunscreen, sunglasses and hat
- Lightweight hiking/trail shoes and wicking socks
- Wind/rain jacket
- ID in case of emergency
Leave No Trace
The National MS Society encourages participants to observe the guidelines of Leave No Trace in order to protect and preserve our natural spaces for future generations:
- Plan ahead and prepare
- Travel on durable surfaces
- Dispose of waste properly
- Leave what you find
- Respect wildlife
- Be considerate of other visitors
- Learn more about Leave No Trace from the Colorado Tourism Office.
On the Trail & Event Schedule
Well-behaved, leashed dogs are welcome. Owners are expected to pick up after their pets.
Scenery & Wildlife
Summertime at Keystone Resort means you'll see wildflowers and pass by babbling brooks; you may catch a glimpse of marmots, deer, birds or other wildlife. View photos of past Hike MS events on our Flickr page.
Severe Weather Policy
Hike MS is a rain-or-shine event. In the event of lightning or other dangerous conditions, we will delay the event until conditions improve. Please watch for weather-related updates via email and the event website.
Weekend schedule coming soon!