Quiet Places Quest (QPQ)
2020 Wilderness Area Challenge

A Virtual Event

Sept. 1 - 30, 2020

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The Challenge

Track your own hikes/runs in a minimum of 3 of the 5 wilderness areas in the 
Gunnison National Forest for a combined total distance of at least 30 “unique” miles.

What is a unique mile? A unique mile is counted the first and only time it is traveled in the challenge time frame.

Route Info

There are 450 miles of wilderness area trails in the Gunnison National Forest! You may choose any combination of trails in the following wilderness areas.

  • Raggeds Wilderness Area
  • Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area
  • West Elk Wilderness Area
  • Fossil Ridge Wilderness Area.
  • Collegiate Peaks Wilderness Area

Stay on designated trails. Qualifying miles will begin at wilderness area boundary.

How to Participate

Register for the QPQ 2020 event.

You will do this here on our website.

Download the TerraQuest app to your mobile device (free) so you can participate in the challenge.

Google Play | App Store

Create a TerraQuest user profile and “Join Silent Tracks” to participate in the challenge. 

Track your hikes or runs anytime from September 1 through September 30, 2020.

Helpful Tracking Hints:

  • Track your outing in airplane mode to preserve battery life
  • Download and SAVE the map(s) before you leave for trailhead. Each Wilderness Area has its own map.
  • Your track will auto sync automatically when you return to internet coverage.
  • Contact TerraQuest if you need help setting up Or using the app
  • Have an AMAZING adventure!!

Submit/sync your tracks to the QPQ Leader Board.

Awards / Prizes



Most “Unique” mileage in Gunnison County Wilderness Areas. We’ll track these in the TerraQuest App once you upload your tracks.



We’d like to see the extremes. Share with us the oldest or youngest participants in the quest! Photo & age required

Best ____ Photo

  • Wildlife,
  • Scenery,
  • Depiction of Why Quite Places matter,
  • Trash haul

* All entrants who complete the challenge (at least 30 miles in 3 of the 5 wilderness areas) will be entered in drawing.

Grand Prize

2020/21 CB Nordic Season Pass

Other Prizes

Cold Hard Cash
See You On The Trails...
counting down to log your miles


Anyone, any age, may register*

Be Good Humans


While out on the trails, use your Mountain Manners 😉

Click to download the brochure.

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