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.


Summit Mt. Eisenhower

July 1, 2016 • Jefferson, New Hampshire

Ascend above treeline to stunning 360 degree views...
Experience the splendors of New Hampshire's Presidential Range...
Climb almost 3,000 vertical feet to the summit cairn...
These are just a few of the attractions on the 6.6 mile trek up Mt. Eisenhower near Jefferson, NH.

Join HIKE for Mental Health on this gorgeous hike. At 2.8 miles into the hike, we will break above treeline and experience spectacular views of the Presidential Range all the way to the summit. We anticipate reaching the 4,760 ft peak around noon and enjoying a leisurely well-deserved lunch break while basking in the beauty of mother nature, before descending on the same trail and returning to our vehicles.

Registration Is Free

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 men's or women's sizes 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.

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 illnesses. 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: Jefferson, New Hampshire
Date: July 1, 2016
Rain Date: July 5, 2016 (in case of extreme weather)
Time: 9:00 AM - 5 PM. Exact times and locations with directions provided to registered hikers only.
Distance: Approximately 6.6 miles.
Difficulty level: Intermediate to strenuous.
Suitable for beginners? Due to the physical and weather challenges of the mountain, this hike is not recommended for beginners. Good physical condition and proper equipment (rain gear, clothing layers, etc.) are needed.
Registration fee Free!
Pet friendly? No.
Sponsorship amount: The hike goal is $5,000. There is no minimum required to join the hike, but if every member raised $350, we would reach 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, ZPacks and others will donate a package of gear worth more than $1,000 to the hiker who raises the most in 2016! Learn more.
Hike director: Sheena PanoncilloAdam Leiser is an experienced hiker who has covered more than 200 miles of the Appalachian Trail including all eight of the highest mountains in New Hampshire and 14 other 4000 foot mountains in New Hampshire. He has hiked in Glacier National Park in Montana, multiple islands of Hawaii, and the Northville Placid Trail in the Adirondacks of New York. He volunteered to lead this hike because "mental health is important to me. I know countless people who could benefit from a variety of services. This is a significant issue in our society today, and I want to help in any way possible."

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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