May the luck of the Irish be with those hunting for clues along Mulberry Street and Hatcher Hill during the “Hike & Hunt” event Saturday.

The scavenger hunt event – planned by Madison’s America’s Best Communities Team from 2 to 5 p.m. – encourages area residents to enjoy Madison’s trail segments by searching for and taking pictures of “clues” hidden along the trail.

Saturday’s event is part of Madison’s last push before turning in the final report to America’s Best Communities officials on March 29.

Scavenger hunt item lists and rules will be available at two booth locations beginning at 2 p.m. on Saturday and online at Booth locations will be at the base of the Hatcher Hill Trail and the Mulberry Street parking lot. 

Participants are asked to take pictures of the items on the list and upload the photos online to win prizes. Prizes will be awarded to the first contestants to successfully submit completed forms. Prizes include a FitBit, two massages from Indigo Massage, two gym memberships from Fit for the King, a trail backpack filled with more than $100 in camping and trail items and several other items.

Parking for the event is available at the City of Madison Street Department garage near the base of Hatcher Hill and the city parking lot at the corner of Mulberry and Second streets.

There is no parking at the top of Hatcher Hill in the residential area.

Additional work on the Hatcher Hill trail will continue this spring and summer with the installation of permanent fencing, signage and other amenities like benches and trash cans. Streetscape and facade improvement work continues on Mulberry Street and will continue after the final report to the ABC competition.

Officials remind residents that no motorized vehicles are allowed on Hatcher Hill Trail at this time. City of Madison officials and ABC team members also ask participants, hikers and bikers to stay on public property during the event.

The work on Hatcher Hill and Mulberry Street has been made possible through $100,000 in prize winnings after being named a finalist in the America’s Best Communities competition last year.

Residents may continue to show their support and enthusiasm for the ABC project on social media by using #ABCMadison and #ABC8 or by uploading pictures to Madison’s ABC Facebook page.

America’s Best Communities grand prize winners will be announced on April 19. Grand prizes include awards of $3 million, $2 million and $1 million to continue community revitalization projects.