Sunfish Pond Hike

October 1, 2016 • Columbia, NJ

Gradually ascend 1000 ft. to soak in fantastic views atop the Kittatinny Ridge...
Enjoy the gurgle of waterfalls on Dunnfield Creek as you conquer five water crossings...
Explore the southern-most glacial pond on the Appalachian Trail...

These are just a few of the attractions on the 9-10 mile Sunfish Pond hike near Delaware Water Gap, PA.

For those who are interested after the hike, we will stop at the Village Bakery in Delaware Water Gap for a hot dog and "the best pie on the Appalachian Trail."

This hike is a great way for beginners to learn more about hiking as well as for hiking pro's to experience a magical stretch of the oldest long-distance trail in America.

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.

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: Kittatinny Point Visitors Center parking lot off I-80E, Columbia, NJ
Date: October 1, 2016
Time: 9 AM - 4 PM. Exact times and locations with directions provided to registered hikers only.
Distance: Approximately 9-10 miles
Difficulty level: Moderate
Suitable for beginners? Absolutely! A great hike for fit beginners who can readily climb 3 flights of stairs and still be smiling.
Registration fee Registration is free.
Pet friendly? Yes.
Sponsorship amount: The hike goal is $2,000. There is no minimum required to join the hike, but if every hiker raised $150, 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, ZPacks and other top brands will donate a package of gear worth more than $1,000 to the hiker who raises the most in 2016! Learn more.
Hike directors: Emily EllisWendy 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. "Not only is Sunfish Pond one of my favorite hikes, filled with spectacular views, but it is the first placed I ever hiked with HIKE for Mental Health. Why not lead my first hike at the place I first experienced the joys of hiking with this great group."
  Cassidy WolfePat Horsch leads more than 25 hikes a year for the Tri State Ramblers Club, where she is also active as an event coordinator, co-organizer of the website and board member. "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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