Hiking Awards in the Bay Area

Interactive Map of Scout Hiking Trails in the Bay Area
Map as KMZ file (view in browser or with Google Earth)
Google Maps view (Pack 104 password protected – must request access)

 (Mt. Diablo Silverado Council, BSA)

A series of 14 progressive hikes with a large center patch awarded after the first hike, and an additional rocker for each hike.  Many of the hikes follow specific trails, but some may be awarded for any hike done within the park.


A series of Cub Scout hikes that explore the diversity of the Bay Area and introduce a variety of environmental and geological elements. A large colorful square patch is earned by completing the first hike. Each subsequent hike earns an applicable small segment patch which can be displayed along the sides of the main patch.

The Presidio Historic Trail, has an award for Cub Packs and Boy Scout Troops. The Cub Scout Trail is about 3.5-miles as it starts from the Visitor Center, down to Fort Point and then around to Battery Chamberlin. The Boys Scout Trail is between 6.4 to 8.1 miles depending upon whether the troop hikes across the Golden Gate Bridge and back.  Trail guide and map.

Marin Hiking Trails Award (Marin Council, BSA)

The Cub Scout award has a gold border for 1-mile segments, and a silver border for 5-mile segments. Hikes must be done continuously (not split overnight) and be a minimum of 1 or 5 miles along any existing trails in the designated location (e.g. 1 mile on the Earthquake Trail in Point Reyes NS).
– Pt Reyes
– Mt Burdell
– Mt Tamalpais
– Big Rock Ridge
– SF Bay Trail

Pacific Skyline Council has three designated trails (Pacific Skyline Council Camps Historic Trail, Redwood Historical Trail, Boulder Creek Scout Reservation Nature Trail) where hikers may earn a patch for completing the trail. Details on each of the respective trails may be found in their accompanying trail guides. All of the patches (and medal) are available to anyone who completes the respective hikes: Cubs, Scouts, Venturers, family, friends, etc.
  • Redwood Historic Trail Hike
  • Pacific Skyline Council Camps Historic Trail
  • Boulder Creek Nature Trail Hike


Monterey Bay Trekkers (Silicon Valley Monterey Bay Council, BSA)
The Monterey Bay Trekkers hiking program is an opportunity for Cub Scouts and their families to explore local trails and parks in Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz Counties. Through the Trekkers program, Cub Scouts and their families will also learn why health and fitness are important for a long-lasting and productive life.

Wilder Ranch
Point Lobos
Pico Blanco
Garland Ranch
Elkhorn Slough
Fremont Peak
Nisene Marks


Redwood Regional Challenge (Redwood Empire Council, BSA)

Units are encouraged to hike or perform service projects in 8 designated Regional Parks as part of this partnership between Sonoma County Regional Parks & the Redwood Empire Council.  After completion of the first hike or service project, each participant receives a center patch and rocker representing the park visited.  Two rockers (one for completing a hike and one for participating in a service project) can be earned for each of the eight Regional Parks listed below:

  1. Crane Creek
  2. Helen Putnam
  3. Hood Mountain
  4. Ragle Ranch
  5. Riverfront
  6. Shiloh Ranch
  7. Sonoma Valley
  8. Spring Lake


Rim Rovers (San Francisco Bay Area Council, BSA)
Although not recommended for Cub Scouts, RIMROVERS promotes hiking and a “mountain top” experience. There are six peaks that surround our area in the RIM OF THE BAY patch program. After your first mountain you get a large central patch and a “rocker” with its name. Rockers are awarded for each additional hike completed. All hikes can be accomplished in a single day and there are camping sites at or near most if your plans include an overnight camp experience.

Mission Peak, Fremont, CA

Mount Diablo, Danville, CA

Mount Tamalpais, Mill Valley, CA

Mount Wittenberg, Point Reyes, CA

Mt St Helena, Calistoga, CA

Pinnacles, Pinnacles, CA


Sacramento Historic Trail (Golden Empire Council, BSA)

Awarded for a one-day 5-mile urban hike to remember and experience the California Gold Rush in Sacramento:
– Hike the trail asshown on the map from Sutter’s Fort to Old Sacramento and back (about 5 miles).
– Visit the State Capital (admission is free) & State Railroad Museum (admission is charged).
– A visit to Sutter’s Fort is recommended (admission is charged).

Historic California R.R. Trail (Golden Empire Council, BSA)

1. Take a train (light rail using the Blue line (Watt 1-80 – Cosumnes River College), the Gold line (Folsom) or the Green line (Richards/Township 9)) to downtown Sacramento

2. Visit the California State Railroad Museum (admission required).