Allegheny 100 Hiking Challenge held June 13-15

The Allegheny National Forest Chapter of the North Country Trail Association held the annual Allegheny 100 Hiking Challenge on Friday, June 13, from 6 p.m. to Sunday, June 15, at 8 p.m. Eighty six hikers challenged themselves to hike 25, 50, 75 or 100 miles of the North Country Trail in the Allegheny National Forest (ANF) in the 50 hour time period. The A-100 is unsupported so hikers were responsible for supplying their own food, drinks and equipment. The participants ranged from local hikers to people from Wyoming, Ontario and North Carolina.

Half of the hikers attempted the 100 mile trek. Even with very wet, muddy conditions, nine of those hikers reached that difficult goal. Many of the hikers reached their personal challenge of 25 to 75 miles. Everyone enjoyed the beauty of the Allegheny National Forest, the friendships formed on the trail and the hospitality of the area.

Prior to the Friday evening start, Macario Herrera, Bradford District Ranger, welcomed the participants to the ANF and spoke about the history of the forest. WCCBI and the Young Professionals provided support and helped register participants. The ANF chapter appreciated the support of the Warren YMCA, United Refining Company, PGE, Cochran & Zandi Lumber Company, SLT Production and Bluegill Graphix.