Explore the Rock

KANA Prevention's virtual summer hiking challenge, Explore the Rock (ETR) is back for summer 2022! This hiking challenge is designed to get families out on the trails hiking together.  ETR is for Kodiak youth entering grades 3 through 12 in the 2022-2023 school year. There is no deadline for registration, but participants must submit a completed registration form before beginning to complete hikes to be eligible for prizes and ETR gear. The 2022 program runs from June 6th through August 18th.


This year there is no weekly time limit for individual hikes.  Participants will receive credit for all hikes that are completed, with proof submitted, between June 6 and August 18. 

Participants must submit proof through the ETR form. You will need to submit a form for each participant and each hike. The form does not allow for more than one name with each submission.  Proof can include AllTrails/ route recordings, photos of participants on the trail, and/or photos of found caches.


We still welcome sharing on Facebook; however, posting to Facebook will no longer count as credit.  Tag your photos #HealthyKodiak #ETR2022 


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This year participants will need to complete a couple of hikes before receiving their ETR gear. Once participants complete two (2) hikes, they will receive a geocaching starter kit and either a hydration backpack or a set of hiking poles. ETR T-shirts will be distributed with the prizes at the end of the program. 

After completing four (4) hikes, families will receive a gift subscription to the AllTrails Pro. Limit one subscription per family. Gift Subscriptions will be emailed.


Prizes will be awarded off the following point system: ​​

  • Low Elevation Hike: 2 points

  • High Elevation Hike: 3 points

  • Video of participant saying Alutiiq name of Geocache: 1 point

Prize Tiers:

  • Rambler Prize: 12-29 points  

  • Explore Prize: 30-44 points

  • Mountaineer: 45-63 points


Complete all 18 hikes and be entered in a grand prize drawing. Participants that send in videos for all 18 geocaches will receive a special prize.​ 

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Challenge Hikes


Ease into Explore the Rock with this low elevation hike at Fort Abercrombie State Park.

Old Women's Mountain

The first climb of Explore the Rock is up Old Women’s Mountain!

Swampy Acres Loop

Enjoy the popular trails at Swampy Acres.

Pillar Mountain

Pillar Mountain may lack dramatic slopes, but you will still get in a good climb on this week’s hike!

Termination Loop

A favorite Kodiak hike through the spruce forest!

Heitman Middle Bay Route

A short but steep hike!

Near Island

Explore Near Island with this close to town hike!

North Sister

This up and over hike of North Sister starts up the backside!

Burma Road

This multi-use trail is an easy hike along the base of Barometer!


Beautiful views from the top!

Buskin/Boy Scout Loop

Attempt at low tide to complete the loop!

Barometer Mountain

An iconic Kodiak hike worth the climb!

Three Pillar Point Trail

Low elevation trail ending at a beach on Sheratin Bay!

Pyramid Seismic Trail

Try a new route up Pyramid!

Heitman Lake

An out and back hike up to an alpine lake!

Monashka Mountain

Challenging hike with beautiful views!

Three Sisters Bench Trail

Low elevation hike along the Three Sisters Bench!

Photo of an alpine lake  and view of Sheratin bay

Shelly Lake

One of the most picturesque Kodiak Hikes!

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To facilitate this challenge, ETR uses two free apps, AllTrails and Geocaching. Both are free to create an account and use. 

Participants will receive credit for all hikes that are completed, with proof submitted, between June 6 and August 18. All 18 hiking routes can be found below. The links to AllTrail routes and geocaches will be live on this website on June 6th.


Featured hikes will also be posted weekly on the KANA Prevention Facebook Page. Low elevation hikes will be posted on Mondays and  high elevation hikes will be posted on Thursdays.  Geocaches will be stocked according to the weekly Facebook posting schedule.

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