Saturday, September 15, 2018
Shawnee Peak Ski Area
With the support of title sponsor, Norway Savings Bank, the Loon Echo Trek will be a newly reformatted TREK event this year*. The Trek is Loon Echo Land Trust’s annual major fundraising event in support of our land trust. Loon Echo conserves nearly 6,700 acres of land and maintains 31 miles of trails in the northern Sebago lake region. For Trek fact sheet and downloadable PDF click HERE
REGISTRATION NOW OPEN –To Register CLICK HERE
Registration is limited to 200 participants. Late registration not guaranteed.
June 15 to Aug 14 – Adult $45/Junior $30
Aug 15 to Sept 7 – Adult $60/Junior $30
Day of Event $100 if space is available.
*Includes post hike/run lunch, free Allagash beer and party with live music!
Note that there is a registration limit so register early
Hike Trek limited to a total of 100 participants. There is a hike category for youth under 17. Youth participants must be accompanied by a parent. The Mountain Challenge Race is limited to 100 participants.
Special note: All participants will receive a highly coveted, extremely rare medallion upon completion of their TREK.
Hike Route Map
A 6 mile route for recreational hikers that starts with a shuttle bus ride from Shawnee Peak Ski Area to the shuttle bus drop off at the Southwest Ridge Trail. The route crosses Pleasant Mountain northbound passing three rest stops and finishing at the after event party at the ski area base lodge. Shuttle service for recreational hikers to the trail head is provided by Camp Wyonegonic.
The course for the Mountain Challenge competition division of the Norway Savings Bank Loon Echo TREK starts at Shawnee Peak, proceeds up the ski area, across the ridge to the“Teepee”on the Southwest Ridge Trail, returning by the same route. The course is 8.4 miles in length. The Mountain Challenge division starts and ends at the base area of Shawnee Peak.
Rest stops with snacks and fluids along the courses and trails are manned by an army of volunteers eager to assist participants.
Traditionally, participants get sponsored by the mile to add to the conservation impact of their registration. All pledges are due at check-in on TREK day to qualify for the prizes. If possible, enter your pledges online in advance of the event using your personal fundraising page through PledgeReg.com. If you have collected cash or checks for pledged donations (either in full or in addition to online pledges) please place pledges and 2018 Pledge Form in an envelope with your name on it and turn it in at check-in. Thank you for going the extra mile!
All who raise at least $250 get a goodie bag, including a 2018 day pass to Shawnee Peak. Plus, we’ll reward the top fundraisers with great prizes.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
7:00-9:30 AM Day Of Registration Available
7:00 AM Check in opens for Hike & Mountain Trail Run
Shawnee Peak Ski Area parking lot
8:20-10:00 AM Shuttles to SW Ridge Trailhead for hiking participants
Departures every 20 to 30 minutes It is strongly suggested that slow hikers plan on an early bus in order to enjoy the trek and the post event party and lunch.
9:15 AM Loon Echo Mountain Challenge Mass Start
12:00-4:00 PM Post-Trek party
Lunch Served 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. – Taco Bar and Baked Potato Bar with fixin’s.
12:00-4:00 PM – Live music provided
INFORMATION FOR ALL TREKKERS
The Norway Savings Bank Loon Echo TREK is held at Shawnee Peak Ski Area, on Mountain Road, located six miles west of Bridgton just south of Route 302. For directions visit ShawneePeak.com.
Ample parking at Shawnee Peak. The lot will be well signed.
Restrooms are available in the Shawnee Peak Base lodge. Follow signs. There are no restroom facilities along the trail.
The Norway Savings Bank Loon Echo TREK well signed check-in desk is located outside the Shawnee Peak Baselodge adjacent to the parking lot.
There will be three registration tables. One is for pre-registered participants, the second is for day-of registrations (cash, check or credit cards accepted), and the third is for commemorative tee-shirt sales. Signs will direct you.
Visit the check-out station upon your arrival to let us know you have arrived back. You must check out, so that our volunteers do not go out looking for you!
The Norway Savings Bank Loon Echo TREK will be held rain or shine. The event will be cancelled only if the weather is dangerous (hurricane, lightning storm, etc.) Cancellation information will be posted on the Loon Echo Land Trust website, on the Norway Savings Bank Loon Echo TREK Facebook page, and in a recorded message on the LELT office telephone (207) 647-4352 by 6:30AM on Saturday morning. Average temperatures in Bridgton on this date range from 44 to 68 degrees. In the past, the Trek has been as hot as 80 degrees and as cold as 40 degrees. Come prepared, dressed in layers, for a three to eight hour journey. For Trek fact sheet and downloadable PDF click HERE
If you cannot attend, or if the event is cancelled due to dangerous weather conditions, your registration fee will be considered a donation to Loon Echo Land Trust (sorry, no refunds).
Thank you to our sponsors – we could not host this event without you!
Memorial Hospital – North Conway
Allagash Beer – Portland
Are you or your business interested in being a 2018 Sponsor? Click Loon Eco Trek Sponsor Package 2018 for sponsorship levels and benefits details.
Please visit the Event Calendar for Loon Echo monthly activities such as walks, hikes, educational opportunities, fundraising events and more.”
* In the past the event incorporated both a biking as well as hiking divisions to support the land conservation efforts of the Trust. Hiking Pleasant Mountain trails has been part of the event since 2007. The hiking portion of the TREK showcases one of LELT’s many successes – conserving Pleasant Mountain for future generations and is now the entire focus of the event. The biking portion is being retired.