Megunticook 50

Brutal. Beautiful.

Two Bold Trail Races In the Camden Hills

The Camden Hills of Maine are where the mountains meet the sea – and you’ll experience both in the only races to take place in the iconic Camden Hills State Park. The Wicked Tough 10 is a 10K race that will test even the most accomplished runner. It’s big brother, the Megunticook 50, is a 50K that is equally formidable and will traverse over 90% of the trails in the park. Both afford a great and intimate taste of this unique area of the country.

Rising 1385 feet above sea level, Mount Megunticook is the second highest mountain (by 175’) along the Atlantic Coast and offers stunning views of Penobscot Bay and out to the open ocean. Both races are among the most challenging in their category but offer the opportunity to experience this unique area is a very special way. In this inaugural event, entries are limited to the first 100 participants for each distance.

Registration Closes Sunday, August 30, 2020 at Midnight

Race Starts Saturday, September 12, 2020 at 8:00AM

Miles Pavement

Miles Closed Gravel Road

Miles Single Track Trails

Rugged Beauty and Trails to Conquer

The Midcoast area of Maine is home to charming coastal villages, pastoral farmlands and the rugged beauty of the Camden Hills. The park consists of over 5700 acres and has over 30 miles of trails. From deep, northern New England forest to rocky and exposed mountaintops, the trails traverse some of the most beautiful scenery to be found. Known as the only place on the east coast where the mountains meet the sea, the rugged mountains rise up with stunning views overlooking Penobscot bay and the Atlantic Ocean. Come join us for two tough races to test your endurance and drive while enjoying some of the most picturesque views Maine has to offer.

Not your average trail race.

The Courses

Megunticook 50

Not a race for the faint of heart. There are over 7600’ feet of elevation gain and the trails are steep with lots of rocks and roots. If you’re not going up or down, you’re probably off course. We’ll wait to hear from our finishers before declaring it the toughest 50K of any particular area.

Wicked Tough 10

This is a 10K but if you find one more challenging we’d like to hear about it. The views along the course are stunning and even the speedy “contenders” will be tempted to stop and take them in. You’ll get a nice downhill warmup to the ocean but after that you’re in for some serious fun.

Race Course Narrative

  1. Start at gatehouse and run toward the ocean.
  2. Keep left after crossing the highway and run all the way to the ocean.
  3. Bear right at the bottom of the hill and run about 100 yards, taking the next right by the playground.
  4. Run up the hill through the meadow and smile for the camera.
  5. Bear left at the road and follow it back up the hill, across the highway.
  6. Pass by the gatehouse and then proceed up the Battie Road. Keep to the left side of the road.
  7. Run up the hill about 1 mile and then bear left on Tablelands Trail.
  8. Proceed up Tablelands about .4 miles and then go left at the pavement.
  9. Follow the pavement around to the overlook and Aid #1.
  10. Continue on the pavement and begin down Battie Road.
  11. Take the Carriage Road Trail on the left and proceed down for about .7 mile.
  12. Bear hard right at the base of the hill and run up the Carriage Trail for about .8 mile.
  13. Turn left on Tablelands trail and run .5 miles to Aid #2.
  14. Continue on Tablelands up to the Megunticook Lookout.
  15. Turn right and run about 1.2 miles down to the intersection with the Multi-Use Trail.
  16. At this point, the 10K keeps right and runs down to the Finish while the 50K turns left on the Multi-Use Trail.
  17. Proceed about 2 miles to Aid #3 and then continue another 2 miles to Bald Rock Trail.
  18. Run to the summit of Bald Rock for your next view and picture.
  19. Continue down Bald Rock Trail for about .5 mile to Frohock Trail.
  20. Go out on the Frohock to its terminus and check-in with the course monitor there.
  1. Return the 1.5 miles to Bald Rock and then turn right down to the Multi-Use.
  2. Turn right on the Multi-Use and run down to Aid #4.
  3. Return up the Multi-Use for about 1.5 miles and take a right on Cameron Trail.
  4. Go for about a mile and then take a short trip up to the top of Cameron Mountain.
  5. Return back down to the trail, taking a right at the bottom.
  6. Follow Cameron Trail, taking a left after .2 miles and then another left on Sky Blue Trail after .7 mile.
  7. Continue on Sky Blue Trail until you hit the Multi-Use again and then go right.
  8. Follow the Multi-Use for about 1.5 miles to Aid #5.
  9. Turn right and go to the Megunticook Summit on the Slope Trail.
  10. At the summit, turn right and follow the Ridge Trail down to Zeke’s Trail where you turn right.
  11. Follow Zeke’s for about .5 mile and then take a left up to Zeke’s Lookout.
  12. Turn around and go back to the Ridge Trail where you’ll turn right.
  13. Continue on Scenic Trail to Maiden Cliff.
  14. Turn and go down Maiden Cliff Trail to Aid #6 at Route 52.
  15. Head back up Maiden Cliff Trail .2 miles to the intersection with Jack Williams Trail.
  16. Turn right onto Jack Williams and follow it 2 miles to Aid #7.
  17. Turn right on Tablelands and follow it about a mile to a left on Nature Trail.
  18. Continue on Nature Trail to its end on the Megunticook Trail where you’ll take a right.
  19. Follow Megunticook to the Multi-Use and then down to the Finish.