Scott Haders Memorial Hike

June 6, 2015 • Natural Bridge State Park • Slade, KY

Visit Natural Bridge, the #1 attraction in the beautiful Red River Gorge region...
Climb 600 stairs to beautiful ridge-line views...
Take in Balanced Rock and other natural wonders...

These are just a few of the attractions of the three-hour Scott Haders Memorial Hike in Natural Bridge State Resort Park near Slade, KY.

The hike begins and ends at the Middle Fork Campground. You will be shuttled to/from the trailhead in Natural Bridge State Park for the hike, followed by a BBQ at the campground after the hike. Those interested can stay on and camp overnight.

Note: Those who want to avoid the steep hike up to the ridge-line can purchase a round-trip ski lift ticket and meet the group for the ridge-line walk. The tickets can be purchased for $10 in the parking area of the trail head.

Meet new friends, commemorate the life of Scott Haders and enjoy the natural beauty of the Red River Gorge region, just an hour from Lexington, KY.

To all of our Supporters,

Grief tends to be a very negative emotion or at the very least can feel very uncomfortable, and attempting to avoid going through the grieving process can have devastating consequences. I felt I needed another option, a way to take my pain and somehow turn it into positive energy.

The effort of creating and planning this event have been just that. It has helped us to have conversations with one another about Scott on a regular basis, which is even more important because of our geographic separation.

We are still at the early stages but it is already comforting to know we are doing something to memorialize Scott's life, gratifying to know we are doing something to help others who suffer from mental illness, and therapeutic to heal our family. At one point I mentioned to my mother that I had every intention of making this an annual event and she said she had sort of an epiphany- it was the first time since losing Scott she was actually able to look positively into the future. So needless to say we will definitely be making this an annual event!

Melissa (Muffey) Haders, sister of Scott Haders

Only $35 to Register

Short but steep ascent on Seven Hills Trail

The $35 registration fee covers your park entry, the shuttle from the campground to/from the trailhead, the BBQ that follows the hike and overnight camping for Saturday night.

As this is a fundraising hike, we also ask hikers to share a sponsorship page with their friends and family.

Creating the page is 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 mark by 10 days before the hike, your hike leader will have your shirt on hike day. Otherwise, we will mail your shirt to you after the hike.

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

For a Good Cause

Trail along Pine Meadow Lake

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 break-through scientific research into major mental illnesses such as PTSD, schizophrenia, bipolar spectrum disorders, and depression. Through research we can find better ways to alleviate the suffering from mental illnesses that affects 1 in 4 American families. A portion of this will go to the National Alliance on Mental Illness for Northern Kentucky.

The remaining twenty cents maintains wilderness trails across the U.S., including through the Sheltowee Trace Association. 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: Meet at the Middle Fork Campground, Highway 11, Slade, KY. Hikers will be shuttled to/from the trailhead in Natural Bridge State Park from there.
Date: June 6, 2015
Time: Meet at the campground at 10 AM. The hike will begin at 11 AM after the shuttle to the trailhead and will take 2-3 hours. A BBQ at the campground will follow.
Distance: 2 miles.
Difficulty level: Moderate to difficult. The hike is relatively short, but the climb on the stone-hewn stairs can be strenuous.
Suitable for beginners? Absolutely! A great hike for beginners who are active and can readily climb 3 flights of stairs and still be smiling.
What do I bring? Water and snacks for the hike. If you are going to camp overnight, a tent and sleeping bag will be needed.
Sponsorship amount: The hike goal is $5,000. There is no minimum fundraising amount required to join the hike, but if every hiker raised $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, and other top-quality manufacturers will donate a package of gear worth more than $1,000 to the hiker who raises the most in 2015! Learn more.
Hike directors: Tom KennedyMelissa (Muffey) Haders & Rich Scalon. We came up with the idea to preserve our fond memories of Scott. Teaming up with HIKE for Mental Health was a great way to do so. Our goal is to raise awareness of the struggles of those who battle mental illness and to give back to nature which Scott loved so much.

Area 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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