Hike 100 Challenge

Andrew and Samantha Fent

Since 2016, thousands of North Country Trail users have signed up for and completed the annual Hike 100 Challenge. Each year offers a new challenge on the Trail, 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 monthly 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!

Join the Challenge

I Completed the Challenge (2020)

The 2019 completion form is closed as of January 19.


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!

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 can’t seem to stop logging miles, check out our Long Distance Hiking Program.

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.

Do I have to show proof of my mileage to receive the patch and certificate?


Nope, we trust you! We offer a mileage log to make tracking easier for you, but you do not need to send it to the NCTA when you’re finished. Simply fill out the Completion Form when you’re ready.

Can children earn patches?


Absolutely! There is no age restriction on Hike 100. Every family member can earn one.

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 do not need to be signed up for Hike 100 to receive a tag. Their information is collected on the completion form.

How can I help promote the program?


Tell all your friends to sign up at northcountrytrail.org/hike100challenge! You could also distribute these flyers or handouts anywhere, any time.



The North Country Trail Association would like to recognize and thank the following organizations for their contributions and support of the 2020 Hike 100 Challenge.