About the Foothills Trail Event

Beginning near West Union, SC, our Foothills Trail Ultimate Hike takes hikers across 28.3 miles of trail in North and South Carolina. The landscape is diverse, ranging from high rocky outcrops with views to the distant horizon, to quiet forests in deep valleys carved by bold mountain streams. Wildlife sightings are common and hikers will enjoy the challenge of this beautiful trail. In addition to breathtaking views, the volunteers, vendors and everyone you encounter on this hike exemplify the true definition of southern hospitality. The Foothills Trail attracts more Ultimate Hikers annually than any other, and we expect that this event will sell out! Don't miss your chance to complete the original Ultimate Hike!

What's Included In My Experience?

Ultimate Hike is more than a hike - it's a weekend adventure, an achievement of a lifetime and a chance to find cures for cancer's youngest fighters.

Included in your Ultimate Hike Adventure:

  • Expert in person or virtual coaching for all experience levels. Our 12 week training program begins January 29.
  • 2 night's lodging
  • Pasta Party
  • Fully stocked aid stations with plenty of food, water and support
  • Victory Reception
  • Ultimate Hike swag bag with T-shirt
  • Awards Breakfast
  • Transportation to and from the trail
  • Lifelong memories and the opportunity to tell children's cancer to take a hike!

Your Fundraising Goal

Each Ultimate Hiker raises a minimum of $2,500 for lifesaving children's cancer research. Never fundraised before? Don't worry! We provide the tools and personal support you need to reach your goals. There is a $100 registration fee to get started (which counts towards your fundraising goal!) and then hikers have until March 16 to try out the training and fundraising before committing to the fundraising requirement. Hikers will then have until May 31 to reach their minimum fundraising commitment, but most hikers reach their fundraising goal by the end of hike weekend! It's hard to capture the weekend in words, so we recommend you check out our hike weekend video!

Your Ultimate Hike Weekend Schedule

Friday, April 22

Afternoon: Hikers check in at our hike weekend hotel in Lavonia, Georgia and receive their Ultimate Hike swag bag.

Evening: Join us for a welcome reception and pasta party where you'll learn about safety, research you're helping to fund, and meet your fellow hikers.

Saturday, April 23

Early morning: Grab breakfast at the hotel, then hop in CureSearch vans for your ride to the hike. You'll take off long before the sun rises!

Post hike: Join us for a casual victory reception with supper. Stay for hours with your new friends, or grab some food and crash if you're tired.

Sunday, April 24

Awards breakfast: Celebrate your ultimate accomplishment, share some laughs, and thank those who helped you along the way. Then, head for home.

How Do I Get Started?

hike steps

Step 1:
Learn More

Attend an information session to learn more about the program before you register or visit our FAQ page now.

Step 2:

At registration, each hiker is provided their own online fundraising and training portal with everything you need for hiking and fundraising success.

Step 3:
Fundraise and Train

Every Ultimate Hiker commits to raise funds for children’s cancer research and train for their event. A fully equipped support team will be with you every step of the way!

Step 4:

Ultimate Hike is more than a hike - it's a weekend adventure, an achievement of a lifetime, and a chance to find cures for cancer's youngest fighters.

CureSearch for Childrens Cancer

PO Box 45781, Baltimore, MD 21297-5781
cassie.zedlacher@curesearch.org | (800) 458-6223