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Hiking Awards

KTA congratulates the following individuals, who were recognized for their 2016 hiking accomplishments at Keystone Trails Association's October 15, 2016 Annual Meeting, at Whitehall Camp and Conference Center in Emlenton, PA:

Appalachian Trail Award (for hiking the entire Appalachian Trail in Pennsylvania):
  • Michael Cunningham
  • Wendy Fogerty
  • Robert Martin

Merit II Award (for hiking all of the Appalachian Trail between the Hudson and Potomac Rivers and 200 miles on Pennsylvania’s other trails):

  • Denise Bogert
  • Scot Bogert
Young Hiker Award (for youth aged 12 and under who have hiked 25 or more miles on any trail in Pennsylvania):
  • Morgan Aldridge, age 9, for hiking over 153 miles on the Appalachian Trail
  • Gust Diamontoni, age 10, for hiking over 153 miles on the Appalachian Trail
  • Will Diamontoni, age 10, for hiking 32 miles on the Appalachian Trail

In addition, KTA recognized completers of the 2016 100-Mile Trail Challenge. The challenge is to hike 100 or more miles of eligible Pennsylvania hiking trails in a designated period of time. Participants are challenged to not only complete the trails but also secure sponsorships for each mile of their journey. Each dollar raised supports hiking trails throughout Pennsylvania.

We had another successful year for our 100-Mile Trail Challenge! Between September 1, 2015, and August 31, 2016, 7 participants hiked a combined total of 1,540 miles of Pennsylvania’s trails and raised $1,651 in sponsorships to support KTA’s mission of protecting our hiking trails.

Congratulations to the following individuals who completed the 2016 100-Mile Trail Challenge:

  • Careen Shafer: hiked over 500 miles, raised $448
  • Susan Henderson-Utis: hiked 100 miles, raised $100
  • Dawn Weiss: hiked 107 miles, raised $214
  • Tom Weiss: hiked 107 miles, raised $214
  • Scot and Denise Bogert: hiked 420 miles, raised $575
  • Wanda Shirk: hiked 306 miles, raised $100

The 2017 100-Mile Trail Challenge started on September 1, 2016, and will complete on August 31, 2017. For more information on participating, visit the 100-Mile Challenge Page.




  1. Appalachian Trail Award - Applicant must have hiked the entire Appalachian Trail in Pennsylvania
  2. Merit Award - Applicant must have hiked the entire Appalachian Trail in Pennsylvania plus 200 or more miles on any of the trails listed below.
  3. Merit II Award - Applicant must have hiked all of the Appalachian Trail between the Hudson River and the Potomac River plus 200 or more miles on trails listed below in addition to those used for the Merit Award.
  4. Pennsylvania Award - Applicant must have hiked 500 miles in Pennsylvania. Trails can be found in Pennsylvania Hiking Trails, KTA's hiking guide. Portions of any trail may be used.
  5. State Forest Trails Award - Applicant must have hiked all 798 miles of trails in the Pennsylvania State Forest system. State Forest trails may be used to fulfill the requirements of another award. Applicant must complete this short form on DCNR's website in addition to sending in the KTA Award Application.
  6. Western Pennsylvania Award - Applicant must have hiked 200 miles or more on any of the western trails listed below.
  7. Young Hiker Award (12 and under) - Applicant must have hiked 25 miles on any trail in Pennsylvania. Applicant may receive this award on multiple occasions, but must complete the 25-mile requirement on different trails for each award.
Big Pocono State Park
Black Forest
Blooming Grove
Golden Eagle
Joseph Gmitter
Lehigh River
Standing Stone Trail (formerly Link Trail)
Old Loggers Path
Rickets Glen ST PK
Rocky Knob
Thunder Swamp
Tobyhanna Lake
West Rim
Allegheny Front
Bucktail Path
Chuck Keiper

Donut Hole
Hickory Creek
John P. Saylor
Laurel Highlands
Lost Turkey
Mill Creek
North Country
Oil Creek ST PK
Rachel Carson
Raccoon Loop
Twin Lakes

NOTE: Trails in italics are at least in part State Forest Trails and are therefore eligible for use in completion of the Department of Conservation & Natural Resources State Forest Trail Award. A list of trails and required mileage for each are listed on the Bureau of Forestry's website.

Awards are presented at the KTA Annual Meeting in the fall of each year. Awards not claimed at the Annual Meeting will be mailed to the recipient shortly thereafter. The following rules must be observed:

  1. Except for the Appalachian Trail, as specified in the award requirements above, no trail may be used for more than one award.
  2. Any trail used for an award must be hiked in the entirety; partially hiked trails will not be accepted.
  3. A log showing starting and stopping points on trails, and dates hiked must be included with the application.
  4. The application should be signed by an officer of KTA or some other outdoor organization.
  5. A separate application must be submitted for each award.
  6. Completed applications should be mailed to: KTA, 46 E Main St, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055, and must be received by the first of September of the year in which the award is to be made.

Download the awards application

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