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.


Placerita Canyon Hike

June 7, 2015 • Placerita Nature Center • Newhall, CA

Placerita Canyon Nature Center on Canyon Trail
Placerita Canyon Nature Center on Canyon Trail
Hike along a shady creek through oak and chaparral woodland between tall granite canyon walls...
Enjoy a diversity of plant and animal life native to the canyon...
Choose your hike - an easy woodland path or more challenging terrain with fantastic vistas...

Placerita Canyon is a fun place for family and friends to come together, picnic, hike and enjoy all that nature has to offer. The entire natural area reflects a wide diversity of plants and animals, and is rich in history.

Our hike will begin at the picnic area near the Placerita Nature Center. Check-in starts at 7 AM. The hike begins at 8 AM sharp.

One group will follow the Canyon Trail upstream on Placerita Creek then take the Waterfall Trail through shady Los Piñetos Canyon to the foot of a seasonal 15 foot waterfall. The round trip is about 5 miles (shown in red on the map below) and suitable for beginners.

The moderate/advanced group will follow Canyon Trail to Los Piñetos Trail (yellow on the map) to Firebreak Road. The 9 mile round trip offers more challenging terrain but also more rewarding views.

This hike is a great way to meet new friends and enjoy the natural beauty minutes from Santa Clarita.

Registration Is Free

Well-maintained steps to the waterfall.
Well-maintained steps to the waterfall.

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 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 reach the $100 mark by 10 days before your hike, your hike leader will have your shirt 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

Los Piñetos waterfall
Los Piñetos waterfall

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 programs to reduce stigma of and alleviate suffering from mental illness, including break-through scientific research into PTSD, schizophrenia, bipolar spectrum disorders, depression, and other brain and behavioral disorders. Through research we can find better ways to alleviate the suffering from mental illnesses 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: Placerita Canyon Nature Center, Newhall, CA
Date: June 7, 2015
Time: Check-in begins at 7:00 AM. Hike starts at 8 AM sharp and will end about 12:30 PM
Distance: 5 miles for beginners. 9 miles for the moderate/advanced group.
Difficulty level: Easy for beginners hike. Moderate to strenuous, with steep climbs at times, on moderate/advanced hike.
Suitable for beginners? Absolutely!
Sponsorship amount: The hike goal is $5,000. There is no minimum required to join the hike, but if every hiker raises $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: Tom KennedyLaura Skorich is a "professional" volunteer who juggles work, school and her volunteer projects. She led our first hike in California last year. Placerita Canyon is where I realized my passion for hiking. It is a place of amazing natural beauty and I can’t think of a better spot for California’s first HIKE for Mental Health.
Panoramic woodscape in Placerita Canyon
Panoramic woodscape in Placerita Canyon

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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Panoramic vista on Placerita Canyon hike
Panoramic vista on Placerita Canyon hike
Group photo from 2014 hike - Come join the fun!