El Yunque Trail Hike

September 11, 2016
El Yunque National Forest, Puerto Rico

El Yunque Trail
Explore the only rainforest in the US National Forest System...
Experience the wide variety of plant and tree species in the forest...
Gaze upon your reflection in a natural pool...
Climb up an observation tower for some magnificent views...
These are just a few of the attractions on the 4.8 mile El Yunque Trail hike in the El Yunque National Forest, Puerto Rico.

During your trek, you will travel through three types of forests: Palo Colorado Forest, Palma Sierra area, and the Dwarf forest. This diverse environment has thousands of plants, trees, and small animals, many of which are only found in this rainforest.

Meet new friends and enjoy the natural beauty of Puerto Rico's rainforest, less than an hour from San Juan.

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: Palo Colorado Visitor Center, El Yunque National Forest, Puerto Rico
Date: September 11, 2016
Time: 9 AM - 3 PM. Exact times and locations with directions provided to registered hikers only.
Distance: Approximately 4.8 miles.
Difficulty level: Moderate to strenuous.
Suitable for beginners? Absolutely! A great hike for outdoorsy beginners who can readily climb 5 flights of stairs and still be smiling.
Registration fee Registration is free.
Pet friendly? Dogs are welcome in the park.
Sponsorship amount: The hike goal is $2,000. There is no minimum 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, Sierra Designs, Hennessy Hammock, Princeton Tec, SealSkinz, and ZPacks will donate a package of gear worth more than $1,000 to the hiker who raises the most in 2016! Learn more.
Hike director: Emily EllisMaria Diehl is a scientific researcher at the University of Puerto Rico in the department of Psychiatry in the laboratory of Dr. Gregory J. Quirk. Her goal is to better understand mental illnesses such as PTSD and other anxiety disorders through studying the brain's neural circuits. "I chose this hike because it is perfect for showcasing the beautiful rainforest of Puerto Rico. On a clear day, the view at the peak is magnificent. I love sharing my joy of nature and hiking with others, and this is a great hike for doing just that."

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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