Hike, enjoy nature and earn prizes for doing it? You can do all this by taking part in the “A” Mountain Challenge in Tempe this spring.
The two-month competition begins April 1. It’s organized by the Downtown Tempe Authority and Zebra E-Bikes. Participants will hike “A” Mountain — also known as Hayden Butte — as many times as they can until May 31 to win prizes.
According to alltrails.com, hiking “A” Mountain via the Leonard Monti Trail is a 0.9-mile out-and-back trek with some steep sections. The trailhead is at 100 S. Mill Ave. and dogs are allowed on the popular route.
Here is everything you need to know about taking part in the “A” Mountain Challenge.
For a $20 entry fee, participants get a T-shirt and access to an online tracking portal to log the number of times they hike “A” Mountain between April 1 and May 31. Online registration is open until May 15.
Those who hike the trail at least 40 times will be eligible to win prizes including a new Zebra Z1 e-bike, according to a press release from the Downtown Tempe Authority and Zebra E-Bikes.
Other prizes include a one-night stay at Canopy Hotel in Tempe and goodies from local merchants including Boats4Rent, Slices on Mill, Candy Addict, Munchies Cafe and Sparky’s Old Town Creamery.
One goal of the “A” Mountain Challenge is to attract people to Mill Avenue small businesses, many of which are struggling in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“After a year of COVID-related cancellations and restrictions, there’s loads of energy and excitement waiting to be rediscovered in Tempe,” Kate Borders, executive director of the Downtown Tempe Authority, said in a press release.
“The ‘A’ Mountain Challenge gives people a great reason to take advantage of some of Arizona’s best outdoor amenities during patio season and support our downtown merchants on their path to recovery.”