Hike 100 Challenge


In 2016, the National Park Service is celebrating their centennial anniversary, and everyone can take part in the celebration! Insert happy dances and cheering here! The centennial will kick off a second century of stewardship of America’s national parks and engaging communities through recreation, conservation, and historic preservation programs.


To commemorate this special centennial year, the North Country Trail Association will be promoting a Hike 100 Challenge. 100 miles for 100 years of the National Parks!

Anyone who hikes 100 miles on the North Country Trail during the calendar year of 2016, in aggregate or all at once, will be eligible for a special patch and certificate. We are pleased to have received a grant from REI to help with this project.

This special edition patch could be yours!

This special edition patch could be yours!

Special Giveaway!

You have until December 31, 2016 to finish your miles. However, for all who finish by September 15, you will be entered in a drawing for one of these special edition packs from REI


Starting your Hike 100 Challenge is easy!

(Download this Hike 100 Challenge flyer here to share with your friends. Download: Hike100Flyer)

1. Sign up for the special e-mail list.

Click here to sign up now.

By signing up, you’ll be entered for fun giveaways and cool prizes. We’re also working on a digital toolkit to help you track your miles. We’ll send it to you when it’s ready! Sign up to get these exclusive offers so you don’t miss out.

2. Start planning your hikes.

Take a look at our online map, and start planning your adventures for 2016.

If you don’t want to hike alone or would appreciate hiking with local NCT experts, check out our online calendar of events.

3. Invite your friends.

Share this challenge with your friends and hike together!

You can also share the calendar of events with your friends and family and encourage them to tackle the Hike 100 Challenge too!

4. Starting January 1, 2016, begin tracking your miles.

Every time you go out on the Trail, whether you’re by yourself, with friends, or doing work on the Trail as a volunteer, keep track of those miles. They will add up fast! Click here to download a sample log sheet (Word Doc) to track your miles. Get a PDF version of the Log Sheet here.

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You can hike, run, snowshoe, or cross country ski depending on what’s allowed on the section of trail you are using. Always remember to check the signs for allowed uses. We’re sorry, but biking the miles don’t count for this challenge, it’s a foot-only challenge.

5. Share your adventures with others on social media, #Hike100NCT.


photo credit: John Pottenger

Show us your pictures and stories using #Hike100NCT. Follow us on Instagram, Twitter, and on Facebook. You might see your pictures and stories featured on our pages!

6. Once you’ve logged 100 miles, let us know!

Fill out this form to let us know you’ve completed your miles. We’ll get your patch and special certificate in the mail right away.

7. Wear your patch with pride.

Seriously. You’ve earned it.


Do the 100 miles have to be unique miles?
No, they don’t! We want to make this accessible to as many as possible and get people out on the Trail. If someone hikes the same 5 miles over and over to equal 100, that will count!

Can I get 2 patches if I hike 200 miles? 3 patches for 300 miles?
You’re an over-achiever! Way to go! However, we are only handing out one patch per person this year. If you’re really loving this challenge, check out our Long Distance hiking program! We have a program for Long Distance Trip recognition that doesn’t necessarily include the whole Trail. Download the info here.

Do I have to sign up for the e-mail list to receive the patch?
Nope. But you might miss out on cool prizes and helpful tips, so we recommend you sign up.

Can my kids get a patch?
Absolutely! There’s no age limit–either upper or lower! Every member in your family who hikes 100 miles on the North Country Trail in 2016 can receive a patch and certificate.


We love dogs. But patches are for people. Photo credit: John Pottenger

Can my dog get a patch?
We love your dog. But the patch is for people only. Sorry.

How can I keep track of my miles?
We are offering a digital toolkit for those who sign up for the special Hike 100 e-mail list. But really, whether you scratch them out on a piece of paper, use a spreadsheet, a GPS unit, or an app on your phone there’s no right or wrong way. If you’re looking for a great hiking app, we suggest checking out Map My Hike.

Does the Hike 100 Challenge cost anything?
Thanks to assistance from the National Park Service and a grant from REI, we are happy to offer this for free, free, free! The North Country Trail is built and maintained by volunteer labor and donations. If you love the Trail and your nifty new patch, you can always make a donation here.

If you really, love the Trail, you can become a member here and we’ll send you our quarterly magazine the North Star, and you can get discounts on merchandise in our Trail Shop.

Do miles not hiked on the North Country Trail count?
We love all trails. But for this challenge, we are only counting miles hiked on the North Country Trail. We’ve got 4,600 miles for you to choose from, so there’s definitely an adventure for you to find nearby. Check out our online map here.

Have you signed up yet?

Don’t miss out on this exciting adventure.

Click here to sign up now.

We’ll send you monthly encouragement and opportunities to win prizes!

Thank you to our Hike 100 Challenge sponsors!

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