BRIDGTON – The Loon Echo Land Trust will hold its eighth annual Hike and Bike Trek on Saturday to raise funds for the trust’s land conservation programs.

Preregistration for the event has ended, but hikers may register the day of the event for $65 and bicyclists for $75. All events start at the Shawnee Peak Ski Area.

The trek will offer bike rides of 25, 50, and 100 miles, with the longer expeditions traveling through the White Mountains. Registration for the century ride will take place for an hour before departure at 8 a.m., while the 25- and 50-mile rides will check in riders for two hours prior to the 10 a.m. departure.

The hike, which was introduced to the event last year, will cross the ridge of Pleasant Mountain, which is the largest land preserve managed by the trust. Hikers will be shuttled to the Southwest Ridge trailhead between 8 and 10 a.m.

The registration fee includes a barbecue or vegetarian meal cooked by Shawnee Peak, and live entertainment.

People who raise $100 or more will be entered in a prize drawing, which includes day passes to Shawnee Peak and a one-year membership to the land trust. Participants who raise more than $500 will be entered into a grand prize drawing, which includes a Bear Creek canoe package, a season pass to Shawnee Peak, a whitewater rafting trip, or a getaway offered by Vermont Bicycle Tours.

Maine Interfaith Power and Light will donate wind watts to make the event carbon-neutral. United Ambulance and radio volunteers will provide support in case of emergency.


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