Hike 100 Challenge


Sign up for the 2018 Hike 100 and Hike 50 Challenge Here

Submit your Hike 50 & Hike 100 Completion Here

Hike 100 Challenge returns for 2018 with a Hike 50 Challenge!

Over the past 2 years, thousands of people have joined and completed the Hike 100 Challenge.

In 2018, the North Country National Scenic Trail will celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the National Trails System Act with a Hike 50 Challenge. Learn more about the 50th anniversary of the National Trails System Act here.

The rules remain the same for both Challenges. And yes, if you complete 100 miles, you will receive both the 50 and the 100!
Anyone who hikes 50 or 100 miles on the NCNST during calendar year 2018, in aggregate or all at once, will be eligible for a special patch.

In addition, the NCTA will be offering prizes and free resources for those who sign up for the challenge, and a special grand prize drawing at the end of the year.

Starting your 2018 Hike 50 or Hike 100 Challenge is easy!

1. Click here to sign up now for the 2018 Challenges.

We will send you monthly updates, and you’ll be entered in random drawings for prizes!

2. Download tools for your 2018 Challenge:

Log Sheet (PDF)
Log Sheet (Word Doc)
Kids’ Checkbox Log Sheet (PDF)
Flyer – Download and print this flyer and share it with your friends!

3. Get hiking! (scroll down this page for F.A.Q.) Invite friends to join you!

Take a look at our online map, and start planning your adventures for 2018. If you don’t want to hike alone or would appreciate hiking with local NCT experts, check out our online calendar of events.

4. Finish your 50 or 100 miles  by Dec. 31, 2018 and submit your completion to us here.

If your goal is 100, please wait to send us your completion when you reach 100, and we will send you your 50 and 100 patches together. (Saves us $$, so thank you!) The last day to submit your miles for 2018 will be January 6, 2019.

5. Share your adventures with others on social media, #Hike100NCT #Hike50NCT #FindYourTrail.

Show us your pictures and stories using #Hike100NCT #Hike50NCT #FindYourTrail. Follow us on Instagram, Twitter, and on Facebook. You might see your pictures and stories featured on our pages!


woman and dog on north country trail

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

Do the 50 or 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! (Skiing and snowshoeing also count.)

Do I get both patches if I complete 100 miles in 2018?

Yes! You will get both the 50 and 100 mile patch if you complete the 100 mile Challenge. Please wait to send in your completion form until you’ve completed 100 miles and we will send both patches together. That will save us postage and time! Thanks!

Can I get more patches if I hike 150 or more miles?
You’re an over-achiever! Way to go! However, we are only handing out one 50 mile patch and one 100 mile 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.

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 50 or 100 miles on the North Country Trail in 2018 can receive a patch.

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 50 or Hike 100 Challenge cost anything?
Thanks to assistance from the National Park Service, and generous donations from supporters 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 donate at least $20, we’ll send you a digital copy of 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!