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Our Story

Hiker Medals started in 2016 after its founder, Wim, hiked the John Muir Trail and realized there were no quality souvenirs available to commemorate this amazing feat. He designed the John Muir Trail medal and took a leap of faith by ordering the minimum order quantity of 100. He found grateful takers for the remaining 99 medals among fellow JMT hikers, as well as those searching for gifts for the hikers in their lives. Soon requests started pouring in for medals for other thru-hike trails, and the result is a growing collection of medal designs that keeps expanding based on feedback from other hikers.

Our Medals

Our medals are designed with the hikers in mind, making sure they do justice to the trail they represent. Many details about the trail are reflected in each medal, knowing they will become a lifelong representation of in many cases a once in a lifetime opportunity.

The medals are made of lead-free zinc alloy and are large (3.5 inch in diameter) and heavy (4.5 - 6 oz) and come with a matching colorful ribbon.

All colors are applied by hand.

Giving Back

Many non-profit organizations play a critical role in supporting the trails we hikers like to explore. They lead trail maintenance efforts, educational initiatives, and rescue operations, often in remote locations. Hiker Medals proudly gives back a minimum of 10% of its total revenue to designated beneficiaries, including: Inyo County Search and Rescue, Tahoe Rim Trail Association, Pacific Crest Trail Association, Appalachian Trail Conservancy, Colorado Trail Foundation, John Muir Trail Foundation, Grand Canyon Conservancy and Colorado Fourteeners Initiative.

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Engraving and Gift Bags

Make your purchase extra-special by personalizing the medal by including an engraved message on the back or by including a gift bag in your shopping cart. This burlap drawstring pouch adds a perfect touch when the medal is a gift for a hiker.