Have you ever hiked the 26 peaks of Acadia? Or maybe you’ve been thinking about it, and it’s on your Acadia National Park hiking bucket list?
Now there’s a way to earn a medal for bagging the peaks, or even for virtually “climbing” them, by signing up for the 2021 Acadia to Katahdin Virtual Race, which runs from Aug. 2 through Dec. 31, 2021. Register now. See details below.
List of Acadia National Park mountains
Here’s a list of the 26 peaks in Acadia National Park. The list includes the old names for 11 of the mountain peaks and the height of each of the mountains. This list is hard to find. It used to be prominent on the park Web site, but we found it most recently at the Cadillac Summit Gift Shop.
Two of the peaks listed below do not have maintained trails on them, and there are two popular mountains that were not included, for whatever reason, in the park’s original list.
So for the Acadia to Katahdin Virtual Race route, we have added Kebo Mountain and Conners Nubble, but left out McFarland and Youngs Mountains.
Hope to see you on the trails of Acadia in real life – or in virtual reality!
Acadia to Katahdin Virtual Race – climb Acadia peaks, earn medal
The virtual race helps support Friends of Acadia, Millinocket Memorial Library and Our Katahdin, all 501(c)(3) charities.
Between Aug. 2 and Dec. 31, 2021, racers are virtually heading over the 26 peaks of Acadia and passing by such Maine icons as lighthouses and Stephen King’s house in Bangor, before summiting the 3 peaks in Baxter State Park on the Appalachian Mountain Club’s New England Four Thousand Footers list.
Earn a “Maine STRONG” medal at the same time with custom ribbons – sparkly Virtual Edition of the Sea to Summit Series ribbon with lobster patch; I LOVE Friends of Acadia or I LOVE Millinocket Memorial Library ribbon; or ribbon listing the 26 peaks of Acadia and 3 Baxter State Park summits on the NE 4000 Footers list.
Or you have the option of the classic “Acadia to Katahdin” medal with camo or lumberjack ribbon.
See images of medal and ribbon options at the top of the page here.
Start atop Cadillac, the first place to see the sun rise in the USA between Oct. 7 and March 6, and virtually climb all 26 peaks of Acadia on Mount Desert Island, then virtually run the MDI Marathon (in real-life slated for Oct. 17).
Then tour lighthouses from South Portland to Lubec, and the less-visited parts of Acadia from Isle au Haut to Baker Island to Schoodic.
Finally, head north to virtually run the Millinocket Marathon, and climb the 3 Baxter State Park summits on the NE 4000 Footers list, finishing atop Katahdin.
(This virtual race is not officially affiliated with any real-life races, other than as the virtual edition of the Maine Sea to Summit Series co-sponsored by acadiaonmymind.com and runmdi.org, and is not officially affiliated with any national parks, other than helping to support the Friends of Acadia, a partner of Acadia National Park.)
Wherever you are in the world, you can participate virtually by running or walking and logging your miles. Plus there is a dropdown calculator that allows you to convert minutes spent bicycling, swimming, doing calisthenics and other activities to a running-walking mileage equivalent. Watch your avatar move along on a map from Acadia to Katahdin, and other places in between, jumping from segment to segment.
You have 152 days, until 11:59 PM EST on Dec. 31, 2021, to complete the segments. To ensure you cross the finish line and to take into account any mileage rounding issues, be sure to log a few extra tenths of a mile. And if you opted in for special finisher’s medal(s), they will be mailed upon conclusion of the race.
Everyone is a winner, with final medals mailed soon after Dec. 31, whether you completed the segments by then or not. Mileage from this race and future races will count toward cumulative totals, allowing you to reach special milestones and recognition. Details of the Acadia to Katahdin Virtual Racing Hall of Fame to be announced at acadiaonmymind.com/virtual-races