HIKE for Mental Health

Share the joy of hiking. Bring hope to those battling mental illness.

Share the joy of hiking; bring hope to those battling mental illness.


Pole Steeple Hike

May 2, 2015 • Pine Grove Furnace State Park • Gardners, PA

Dramatic views of Laurel Lake and Mountain Creek Valley...
600-million-year-old quartzite cliffs...
Halfway point of the most famous footpath in the world...

These are just a few of the attractions on the five-mile Pole Steeple hike near Gardners.

Thanks for Neil Brennen from A Taste for the Woods for returning to lead this hike again this year!

Meet new friends and enjoy the natural beauty of Pennsylvania while you hike on a stretch of the Appalachian Trail.

Registration Is Free

Short but steep ascent on Seven Hills Trail

Instead of charging a fee, we ask your help raising funds for mental health research and trail maintenance.

It's fast and easy! When you register, you will be able to personalize a sponsorship page and share it through email and your favorite social media such as Facebook or Instagram. How does it work?  

Every little bit helps, and there is no minimum to raise – we just ask that you help us spread the word, then come join us on the trail.

Get a Free Hiking Shirt

Our quick-dry shirts look and feel great, on or off the trail.

Every registered hiker who raises at least $100 will receive a HIKE for Mental Health shirt as a token of our appreciation.

Available in unisex brown or womens orange. SMALL – XXL.

When you register, we will ask your size and color preference. Once you hit $100 in donations to your sponsorship page, we will get your shirt to you.

If you hit the $100 by 10 days before the hike, your hike leader will have your shirt for you on hike day. Otherwise, we will mail it to you after the hike.

So help us raise money and awareness for this great cause.

For a Good Cause

HIKE for Mental Health is an all-volunteer, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

All contributions to this hike are tax deductible, and 100% of the hike donations support our mission.

Eighty cents of every dollar funds mental health programs, including break-through scientific research into PTSD, schizophrenia, bipolar spectrum disorders, depression and other major mental ilnesses. Through research we can find better ways to alleviate the suffering that affects 1 in 4 American families.

The remaining twenty cents maintains wilderness trails across the U.S. By supporting non-profit, volunteer groups that care for our trails, we help preserve wilderness experiences for generations to come. Where the money goes.

Hike Details

Location: Pine Grove Furnace State Park, Gardners, PA
Date: May 2, 2015
Time: Approx. 10 AM - 3 PM. Exact times and locations provided to registered hikers only.
Distance: Approximately 5 miles.
Difficulty level: Moderate to strenuous. Short, steep climbs over rocky terrain.
Suitable for beginners? Absolutely! A great hike for beginners who are active and can readily climb 3 flights of stairs and still be smiling.
Sponsorship amount: The hike goal is $5,000. There is no minimum required to join the hike, but if every hiker raised $100-$200, we would get very close to our goal.
Free shirt: Hikers who raise $100 or more will receive a free HIKE for Mental Health quick-dry hiking shirt.
Free gear: Lightheart Gear, Leki Trekking Poles, Vasque Footwear, Kelty, Princeton Tec, Point6, and ZPacks will donate a package of gear worth more than $1,000 to the hiker who raises the most in 2015! Learn more.
Hike director: Neil BrennenTen years ago Neil Brennen was over 400 pounds and unable to walk a city block. In two years he lost 160 pounds and rediscovered the outdoors. Now he proclaims that the outdoors is for everyone through his blog, www.atasteforthewoods.com.

Trail Map

Every HIKE for Mental Health is an opportunity to:

  • get away from the hustle and bustle of work-a-day life and enjoy the beauty of Nature
  • renew old friendships and make new ones
  • have a great time hiking with a good group of people
  • stand up against the stigma of mental illness
  • discover your new favorite get-away
  • raise money for a great cause

Come on out and join us!

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