Harpswell Hiking Challenge 2018

Harpswell Recreation and Harpswell Heritage Land Trust present the 9th annual Harpswell Hiking Challenge

Saturday and Sunday, June 2-3, 2018

Celebrate the American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day with the Harpswell Hiking Challenge and walk/hike/run eight trails in two days!

Harpswell, Maine’s peninsula and 30+ islands have over 200 miles of coastline with beautiful views of Casco Bay and even Mount Washington. This is the 9th year for our hiking challenge. Each year we pick eight trails to hike with total hiking mileage of ~10 miles. You can hike all the trails in one day or over the weekend. Most the trails touch the coastline. Some are long and some short. See if you can complete our Hiking Challenge!

The HQ table at the Harpswell Town Office (263 Mountain Road) will be staffed from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday and from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Sunday. Water, snacks, restrooms and information are available.

On June 2, you are invited to the Grand Opening of the Otter Brook Preserve and Harpswell’s newest trail system. Click here for details.

How to complete the challenge

  1. Download and print the Harpswell Hiking Challenge form by clicking here.
  2. Walk/hike/run as many of the eight trails as you want to. The trails this year are the Cliff Trail, Devil’s Back East, Devil’s Back West, Widgeon Cove Trail, Curtis Farm Preserve, Houghton Graves Park, Otter Brook Preserve and the Hackett and Minot Trails.
  3. Sticker boxes will be found at each trail’s destination point. Take a sticker and apply to the matching square on the form.
  4. When all stickers have been collected, please return the form to the HQ table at Cliff Trail (Harpswell Town Office). You will be recognized for completing the Harpswell Hiking Challenge. The first 100 people to COMPLETE the challenge will receive a HHC T-shirt.

We are committed to helping the American Hiking Society improve 2,802 miles of trail – pick up and bag trash along the way during your hike and return with the form – you’ll get a special prize! NEW this year – there is also a fun prize for dogs that complete our challenge!

These are FREE events. No pre-registration is necessary, just show up! All participants assume risk and responsibility in the event of injury.

For more information, contact Harpswell Recreation 207-833-5771 or recreation@town.harpswell.me.us.