Earn Your StripesAllegheny 100 Backpacking Challenge
Why try to conquer 100 miles of the North Country Trail through Pennsylvania’s Allegheny NF in just 50 hours? “It’s been a great way to refine my packing and get in better shape,” says Mike Merry, the only finisher in the hike’s two-year history. “Plus, it’s a nice walk.” This year’s event starts Friday, June 8, with 25- and 50-mile options as well. Hikers will head north from Marienville on the mostly level path through white pine and hemlock, past rock outcrops and mountain laurel-choked drainages. Registration deadline for the official hike is June 1 ($30 includes shuttle; northcountrytrail.org), or do it on your own anytime.