2019 Norway Savings Bank Loon Echo Trek
Every dollar of your entry fee supports trail construction, maintenance, and land protection!
When: Saturday, September 14, 2019
Where: Denmark and Bridgton, ME
What: Hike or Run from Denmark to Bridgton over Pleasant Mountain, Southern Maine’s tallest mountain! A 10k (6 mile) course starts with a shuttle bus ride from Shawnee Peak Ski Area to the trailhead for the Southwest Ridge Trail in Denmark. The route crosses over the entire ridge of Pleasant Mountain, passing three rest stops and finishes at the base of Shawnee Peak Ski Area. Before you leave, hit up the taco bar, drink BEER! (or two), and grab a t-shirt — all included as part of your entry fee! Shuttle service to the trail head is provided by Wyonegonic Camps. All proceeds from the Trek support our conservation work in the Lake Region.
Time Trial Trail Race – 10k mountain run along the same route. There will be no mass start – show up at Shawnee Peak anytime between 8 and 10 am and grab a shuttle ride to the trailhead in Denmark. Runners will be timed, with prizes awarded to the top male and female runners in each category! Categories are based on age: 0-39, 40-60, and 60+.
$50 – Adult Hike
$35 – Youth Hike
$50 – Trail Race
Trekkers start by hiking (or running!) up the Southwest Ridge Trail. Within the first mile you’ll start to get in those views as you climb through a rare scrub oak forest. At the Southwest Summit you’ll have a chance to fuel up with snacks at the first rest stop! Hang out on the ledges and take in incredible views to the south that stretch all the way to Sebago Lake and Portland.
As you make your way across the ridge towards the Main Summit, you’ll be traveling a beautiful stretch of singletrack that is a true hidden gem on the mountain.
After a short climb out of a saddle you’ll reach the Main Summit where you’ll have a chance for more snacks at the second rest stop and even more views! Enjoy incredible views of the southern peaks of the White Mountains from the rocky outcrops!
After the Main Summit you’ll continue to traverse the ridgeline on your way to Bald Peak. The trail pops in and out of hemlock forests and rocky ledge, offering more great views to the east!
Don’t forget to take a break at the summit of Bald Peak for even MORE views. This part of the mountain is home to a unique red pine woodland. Woodlands have fewer trees than forests, which is why the peak is “bald.”
After Bald Peak you’ll hook a left on the North Ridge Trail. Don’t forget to make a small detour to Janine’s Overlook and marvel at how far you’ve come! Nestled among the pines at the overlook is a small day shelter that offers views to the south, all the way back to the Southwest Summit. You’ll be able to see exactly how far you’ve come!
The North Ridge Trail will lead you to the top of Shawnee Peak Ski Area. Grab another snack at the third and final rest stop before the trek down the ski trails to the base lodge. Grab some food, a beer (or two) and don’t forget to sign out before you leave!
Trekkers can raise money to support their Trek across Pleasant Mountain. All money raised will support Loon Echo Land Trust. Trekkers who raise $250 will receive a free day-pass to Shawnee Peak Ski Area. Top fundraisers will be eligible for other great prizes including a season pass to Shawnee Peak Ski Area!
Trekkers can create a fundraising page when they register for the Trek, or download the 2019 Trek Pledge Form to get started.
Want to be involved but that whole mountain climbing thing doesn’t sound fun? Sign up to Volunteer at the Trek!
- When does the event start? Show up at Shawnee Peak anytime between 8-10 am to grab a shuttle to the trailhead in Denmark.
- Are pets allowed? While pets are allowed on our trails, owners are requested to leave their pets at home for this event.
- Do you feed us? Trekkers are greeted by lunch & beer at the end of the Trek! Snacks are provided to trekkers along their journey. All of this is included in the entry fee!
- What kind of route support is there? Route maps will be posted and made available at check-in. Three stations with snacks will greet hikers and runners along the trail. Participants are encouraged to bring enough water with them for the Trek but emergency supplies will be available.
We would like to thank our generous sponsors for supporting the 2019 Trek!
Interested in Sponsoring the 2019 Trek? Download our 2019 Trek sponsorship packet.
The Loon Echo Trek has been the largest fundraiser for Loon Echo Land Trust since 2001. Originally, the Trek was a cycling event. In 2018, the Trek was changed to focus on hiking and running on our beloved Pleasant Mountain Preserve.