Our Story


It all started when...

Carol & Bob Leone turned their lives upside down in 1988 because they wanted to raise their family in a place where people loved the outdoors! They left their jobs with the National Park Service & Appalachian Trail Conference to start a life in Maine and begin stockpiling wonderful outdoor memories. Along the way, they noted that not all were taking advantage of Maine's wonderful wild places and became concerned that young people, in particular, were becoming increasingly disconnected from nature. When they lost their 15-year-old daughter, Sara, in an accident, they founded Teens To Trails to help turn the tide and ensure that all young people had access to outdoor experiences.

Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. ~ Rachel Carson

Backpackers Lindsay, Bob & Sara Leone

Backpackers Lindsay, Bob & Sara Leone

When we lost Sara, our lives were turned upside down in an instant. Our loss could not have been more penetrating. In our search for some sense of reality, we turned to the one constant in our lives — nature.

We treasure all the special moments our family has had together out-of-doors ... scrambling over rocks to mountaintops, picking berries, digging our toes in the sand, searching for sand dollars, collecting heart rocks, pressing fall-colored leaves, watching a meteor shower, jumping ocean waves, kayak paddling against the tide, camping alone on an island, skiing with wind in our faces, catching snowflakes on our tongues, swimming with sea turtles, waking to the sounds of a blow hole, scuba diving in total darkness, watching a glacier calving. If we can help someone else to have even one such special moment in their life, it will have been well worth it.
— T3 Founder Carol Leone

Our Founding Members

In 2013, T3 challenged individuals to contribute at the level of a favorite mountain peak, our Founding Members stepped up in support of sustaining the Teens To Trails organization. These supporters will be forever at the heart of T3.

KATAHDIN (Baxter State Park) Elev.5268

Chewonki Foundation
Leonard C. and Mildred F. Ferguson Foundation
National Park Service Rivers, Trails & Conservation Assistance
The North Face Explore Fund
Outdoor Foundation


David Butler, Maine Path & Paddle Guides

CHAMPLAIN MOUNTAIN (Acadia National Park) Elev.1058

Selina Rossiter & Sandy Colhoun
Marjorie & Bob Collins  (in memory of Sara Leone)
Marty Corey  (in memory of Jeff Sondergaard)
Stephen Lee   (in memory of Sara Leone)
Legends Fantasy Baseball Camp  (in memory of Sara Leone)
Jo Seibel & Stuart Levitz
Eileen & Geoffrey Minte  (in memory of Sara Leone)
Gail Scott-Parizer & Michael Parizer
David Sherman
The VIA Agency 


Fred, Deborah & Andrew Glynn  (in memory of Balin Cottington)

MOUNT CHAMPLAIN (Isle au Haut) Elev.543

Barbara & Sidney McFarland  (in memory of Sara Leone) 

THE BEEHIVE (Acadia National Park) Elev.520

Adventure Bound
Jonna Carter  (in memory of Sara Leone)
Kerry Gallivan, Chimani
Friends of Sara Leone (Nick Bennett, Foxfire Buck, Maryellen Buck, Klarizza Cruz, Casey Cummings, Ayla Gower, Chelsea Haggett, Zach Hartman, Kent Hersom, Juliette Jones, Matt McRae, Gerard Murphy, Megan Nichols, Brianna Shorey, Evie Smith, Mckenzie Smith)
Catherine White & Warren Frederick
Mary Lou Lamping & Kenneth Lutters
Maine Outdoor Film Festival
Susan Minnix & Ronald Manka  (in memory of Sara Leone)
Tierney Minte(in memory of Sara Leone)
The Rowse Family
Catherine & Cliff Sampson  (in memory of Sara)
Gay & Nick Sampson
Sterling Rope
Satu & Al Svoboda(in memory of Lucas Svoboda)

SAWYER'S NOTCH MOUNTAIN (Isle au Haut) Elev.509

Stevens' Sawmill & Construction, LLC

(Isle au Haut) Elev.405

Margie Collins  (in memory of Sara Leone)

DUCK HARBOR MOUNTAIN (Isle au Haut) Elev.314

Jennifer Collins  (in memory of Sara Leone) 

JOHN B. MOUNTAIN (Brooksville) Elev.250

Jane Arbuckle  (in memory of Dugald S Arbuckle)
Joanna & Todd Bachelder
Isa & Michael Beck
Alexandra Conover Bennett
Foxfire Buck  (in memory of Sara Leone)
Jean Cucci
The Davis & McLeod Family
Rita & James Dempsey
Lynne Dempsey
JoAnn & Paul Dolan  (in memory of Sara Leone)
Kelley & Eric Duffy
Edgecomb Congregational Church
Judi & Erik Ekholm  (in memory of Sara Leone)
June & Michael Finnegan
Caroline Gammill
Rosemary & Peter Gold  (in memory of Sara Leone)
Carol Tanski & Steve Golden
Karen Kleinkopf & Tim Goltz  (in memory of Sara Leone)
Katherine Five-Ash & Albert Gordon  (in memory of Tom Hart)
Walter Graff
Doris & Bob Haas  (in memory of Sara Leone)
Elaine Hall  (in memory of Sara Leone)
Linda & Bill Hanson  (honoring Carol & Bob Leone and in memory of Sara Leone)
Zachary Hartman (favorite peak = Mt Kalla Patthar)  (in memory of Sara Leone)
Don Hudson
Alix Hopkins
Julie Isbill  (in memory of H.G. Isbill)
Carol & Bob Leone  (in memory of our Sara)
Emily & Carl Leone
Lindsay Leone  (in memory of Sara Leone)
Barry Maisel
Ryan McDermott
Lisa & Joe McSwain ~ Mid-Maine Restoration
Esme McTighe  (in memory of Mom, Dad & sister Moira)
Judy Sandick & David Nutt  (in memory of Sara)
Sarah Nutt  (in memory of Sara Leone)
Normand & Diane Patry
Kayleigh & Chris Pettit  (in honor of Carol & Bob Leone)
Camille Parrish, Kirk Read & Alice Read  (in memory of Sara Leone)
Janice & Ray Ronan
Linda Lubow & Jordan Rosenfeld  (in memory of Sara Leone)
Ben Sampson  (in memory of Sara Leone)
Greg Shute
Deb Sondergaard  (in memory of Jeff Sondergaard)
Katrina Svoboda  (in memory of Lucas Svoboda)
Tom Trezise
Mark Tusing  (favorite Maine peak = Saddleback Jr Mtn)
Pamela Underhill (favorite Maine peak = Saddleback Mtn)
Karen & Mylea Wade  (in memory of Robert Henry)
Marguerite Ward
Gerardine Wurzburg & Grady Watts
Bryan Wentzell
Catherine Wooten
Loren & John Wright  (in honor of Todd Bachelder)