Celebrate the 25th Rachel Carson Trail Challenge!

Save the date! On Saturday, June 11, 2022, we will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Rachel Carson Trail Challenge. The Challenge itself will take place the following Saturday, June 18, 2022.

The inaugural Challenge, held in 1996, was organized by Leo Stember and Jim Ritchie. There were 75 participants and only 5 finishers. Today, the Challenge regularly sells out with over 1,000 participants between the Full, Homestead, and Family and Friends events. Founded in 1992 as the Harmony Trails Council and later renamed the Rachel Carson Trails Conservancy, our all-volunteer organization is responsible for maintaining over 170 miles across the Harmony, Rachel Carson and Baker trails. The Conservancy is active with strategic land purchases and trail improvements to benefit the hiking community.

The “Bash” Celebration will be held at The Lodge at North Park. The festivities will begin at 4:30 p.m. and feature live music from Echo Valley Bluegrass, food, beverages, fun giveaways, trail trivia and more. Tickets will be available for $20 per person in advance, or $25 at the door (free for children under 12). Watch for the on-sale date in the near future!


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