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.


Sunrise Mountain Loop Hike

May 22, 2016 • Branchville, New Jersey

Take in the panoramic breathtaking view from 1,653 feet above sea level...
Climb the 1936 fire tower to enjoy the splendor of nature from above...
Relax and replenish on the summit at lunchtime with friends and conversation...
These are some of the attractions you can experience on this 10 mile loop hike, which offers opportunities for all, regardless of hiking experience or ability.

Starting our hike from the Stony Lake parking area in Stokes State Park, we will hike up to the Appalachian Trail. We will enjoy scenic views as we traverse the ridgeline up to Sunrise Mountain where 360 degree views of New Jersey farmland, forest, and mountain ranges await. After a well-deserved lunch break at the summit, we will complete the second half of the loop hike, an easier, mostly downhill 5 mile trek back to our cars.

Not up for a full 9 mile hike? You can drive to the top of Sunrise Mountain and join us for lunch at the Pavilion. Those who wish can hike the return loop with us. Don't worry - we will get you back to the top to pick up your vehicles after the hike.

Or, if you not up for hiking but are a nature lover and a HIKE for Mental Health supporter, just meet us around noon at the summit for lunch and conversation. (Please do still register so we know to look for you.) This is a great opportunity for non-hikers to be part of a group hike and raise funds for HIKE for Mental Health!

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: Stokes State Park near Branchville, NJ
Date: May 22, 2016
Time: 9:00 AM - 5 PM. Exact times and locations with directions provided to registered hikers only.
Distance: Approximately 10 miles. There is also a 5 mile option - see description above.
Difficulty level: Moderate to strenuous.
Suitable for beginners? Absolutely! Anyone who can readily climb 5 flights of stairs without stopping and still be smiling can enjoy this hike. For the half-loop hike, try out 2-3 flights of stairs to check your readiness.
Registration fee Free!
Pet friendly? We love dogs, but the hike up would be very challenging for a furry friend. If you want your dog to join in the fun, meet us at the summit for lunch and hike back to the parking lot.
Sponsorship amount: The hike goal is $2,000. There is no minimum required to join the hike, but if every member raised $200, 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 directors: Wendy SummaWendy Summa has been to more HIKE for Mental Health events than almost anyone else. Full of energy and exuding sunshine wherever she goes, your hike with Wendy is guaranteed to be full of smiles and laughter. "The ridgeline to Sunrise Mountain is one of my favorite stretches of the Appalachian Trail in New Jersey."
  Pat HorschPat Horsch leads more than 25 hikes a year for the Tri State Ramblers Club, where she is also active as club vice president and organizer of the club's Meetup website. "We all have someone in our lives who suffers or has suffered from some form of mental illness," says Pat. "It makes me feel good to support an organization like HIKE for Mental Health."

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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