Thank you for your interest in and support of the Valley News. So far, we have raised 80% of the funds required to host journalists Claire Potter and Alex Driehaus for their one-year placements in the Upper Valley through Report for America, a national service program that boosts local news by harnessing community support.

Please consider donating to this effort.

Out & About: Explore the Cross Rivendell Trail during hiking challenge

  • It's a one-mile hike to the top of Vershire's Patterson Mountain. (Photograph courtesy of Maggie Stoudnour) Photograph courtesy of Maggie Stoudnour

Valley News Calendar Editor
Published: 3/30/2020 10:14:56 PM
Modified: 3/30/2020 10:30:35 PM

FAIRLEE — For families looking to explore the great outdoors during the coronavirus pandemic, the Cross Rivendell Trail Association’s “COVID 19 Family Hike Challenge” may be the perfect fit.

The activity takes the form of a bingo card where each of the 16 squares represent a different family-friendly hike on a portion of the 36-mile trail that runs through Vershire, Fairlee, West Fairlee and Orford. The second part of the challenge is a photo scavenger hunt, which has a list of scenes to photograph while out hiking, including a stone wall, a trail directional sign and the flag at Flag Pole Hill.

In order to be entered into a drawing for prints of four posters created by Rivendell Academy students, participants must get bingo (four in a row) on the board and take 10 photos for the scavenger hunt. Other prizes include Cross Rivendell Trail T-shirts and a water-resistant trail map. Submissions can be emailed to or posted on the organization’s Facebook page.

“We’re always trying to get people out to use the trail,” said Maggie Stoudnour, who coordinates the nonprofit organization’s education program. “It seemed like a way we could help give people something to do.”

Stoudnour stressed that people should hike only with their family units and practice social distancing on the trails. If a trail seems too busy, consider trying another route.

“It’s fine to step off of a trail and let other people pass then go on your way,” Stoudnour said. “This is not an opportunity to get together with your kids’ friends.”

Most of the suggested hikes on the bingo card are two miles or shorter. Maps are available on the organization’s website.

“I tried to set up the board so that there’s a way you can do just the easy hikes and get bingo,” Stoudnour said. “Anybody could do it. We call it a family hike challenge because we know there are people who are home with their kids and looking for things they can do together.”

While Orford’s Mount Cube has quite the view from its summit, the Appalachian Trail spot is among one of many sights to see on the Cross Rivendell Trail.

“My favorite hike to do with little kids especially is (Vershire’s) Patterson Mountain,” Stoudnour said. “It’s a really short section of trail, but it has one of the best views on the trail.”

Editor’s Note: For more information about the hiking challenge, visit Liz Sauchelli can be reached at or 603-727-3221.

Valley News

24 Interchange Drive
West Lebanon, NH 03784


© 2021 Valley News
Terms & Conditions - Privacy Policy