North Country Trail Association

Hike 100 Challenge

Since 2016, thousands of North Country Trail users have signed up for and completed the annual Hike 100 Challenge. Each year this free challenge renews but the rules remain the same: Hike any 100 miles on the North Country National Scenic Trail between January 1 and December 31.


Join the Challenge. Revisit the same mile 100 times or explore 100 unique miles. Log your mileage over weeks or months, or during one big adventure. Walk, snowshoe, run, ski, day hike or backpack. Once you have logged those 100 miles, share your adventure with us: You will earn a commemorative patch and certificate of completion. A new patch design is released each year so you can earn a fresh badge of accomplishment annually!

Joining the Hike 100 Challenge earns you access to exclusive resources and eligibility for giveaways. We also love to hear about your adventure through social media. Tag @northcountrytrail on Facebook and Instagram, and use the hashtags #hike100nct and #northcountrytrail so we are sure to see them. You might even see your photos and stories featured on our website, social media channels, e-newsletters, or marketing materials!



Where can I hike to earn my Hike 100 Challenge miles?
As long as you’re hiking on the North Country National Scenic Trail pathway, you’re earning mileage toward your Challenge. Spur trails do not count, but be aware the NCNST shares some pathway with other trails of different names, such as the Finger Lakes Trail in New York, the Superior Hiking Trail in Minnesota, or local level trails through townships, boroughs, or parks. Double check your route on our online interactive map.
How do I log my miles?
In whatever way works best for you! The NCTA does not need to see your mileage log at any point during your Challenge, even when you finish. Logging your miles is strictly a personal preference. If you sign up for the Hike 100 Challenge though, you will receive an email with a link to a Hike 100 toolkit, containing a mileage log for you to print if you’d like.
Do my 100 miles have to be unique?
No way! We want this to be an accessible a challenge as possible. Hike the same mile 100 times over if you’d like. Skiing and snowshoeing count, too! As long as your miles are “on foot” they count towards the challenge!
What does the 2021 patch look like?
Do I have to sign up to receive the patch and certificate?
No, but you will miss out on exclusive resources and monthly giveaways. To receive the patch and certificate, you must fill out the Completion Form.
Can children earn patches?
Absolutely! There is no age restriction on Hike 100. Every family member can earn one. If kids have their own email address, they can sign up too to receive exclusive resources, but otherwise don’t worry about signing them up. When they complete the Challenge though, do fill out an individual completion form for them.
Can pets earn patches?
We offer collar tags for our furry finishers. They do not include a year but you could engrave a new one annually. Pets don’t need to be signed up for the Challenge, but when you (the human) complete it, simply indicate the amount of finisher pets on your completion form, and we’ll be sure to send along the collar tag(s) with your patch.
Can I get more patches if I hike 100+ miles?
You impress us with your overachieving spirit, but we limit patches to one per person per year. If you’re interested in earning recognition for hiking more than 100 miles please visit the North Country Trail Long Distance Hikers Club website.
What should I do if I lose my patch or if it doesn't arrives in the mail?
Contact Alison Sanchez at for a replacement. Please do not fill out another completion form. Allow up to six weeks for processing and delivery.
What's the status of #HikeFromHome in 2021?
Due to the coronavirus pandemic causing travel restrictions in 2020, the NCTA implemented #HikeFromHome, allowing non-NCT miles to count toward the Hike 100 Challenge. Currently, the 2021 Hike 100 Challenge is back to NCT miles only as there are no stay-at-home orders in place. But the NCTA will assess the situation month-to-month, and will announce any #HikeFromHome opportunities on this website and social media if they emerge.
How can I help promote the program?
Tell all your friends to sign up at! Share your adventures with us on social media using the tags @northcountrytrail and #hike100nct. You could also print and distribute flyers and posters locally.

The NCTA is able to ship patches to U.S. addresses only. If you are an international participant/finisher, we recommend you have stateside family or friends claim your patch, and then coordinate mailing it on to you.



The North Country Trail Association would like to recognize and thank the following organizations for their contributions and support of the 2021 Hike 100 Challenge:

  • REI
  • Bill & Paul’s Sporthaus


Header photo by Kristy Cherry