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.
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.
Participants must raise a minimum of $100 ($50 for hikers ages 5-12). All participants meeting the required fundraising minimum receive a free Hike MS t-shirt.
Age Minimum to register is 5 years old. Hikers under the age of 5 are welcome to participate with a parent or guardian but do not need to be officially registered.
Routes, Maps & Event Photos
More event map and route information coming soon!
Visit our Flickr page to view Hike MS: Keystone 2023 photos!
- May 20th - May 26th: Team Registration Week
- May 30th: World MS Day/Hike MS Gathering
- June Fundraising Challenge
- July 8th - July 14th: Individual Fundraising Week
More information coming soon!
Lodging & Food
Lodging information coming soon!
Each route includes fully-stocked rest stops with some of the best snacks and volunteers around! 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
Relax, hydrate, use the restroom, re-apply sunscreen and enjoy the company of our volunteers.
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.