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.


Appalachian Trail

NoBo's, SoBo's, GaMe's, MeGa's, Flip-floppers
– all aspiring 2,000 milers are invited

One of the longest continuously marked footpaths in the world, the Appalachian Trail runs from Springer Mountain, Georgia, to Katahdin in Maine. The AT is the subject of tales, books and movies. And the object of many a hiker's quest for adventure, solitude, and discovery. Every year, more and more AT thru hikers choose to include HIKE for Mental Health as part of their journey. We hope you will be one of them!
Appalachian Trail
If you are one of the few hearty souls who aspires to thru hike the Appalachian Trail, consider letting your hike be an inspiration and help to others by including HIKE for Mental Health on your adventure.
By registering your thru hike with HIKE for Mental Health, you share your story with others, help to raise awareness about an issue that affects 1 in 4 American families, and raise funds to help maintain wilderness trails and alleviate the suffering from mental illness.
Registering your thru hike is totally free. You still plan and hike your thru hike your way, from start to end.

How Does It Work?

Thruhiker on Katahdin

Signing up with HIKE for Mental Health creates a great bond for thru hikers on the trail and provides added motivation when the going gets tough.

Signing up on our site is easy and free. You will be able to personalize a donation page and share your inspirations with others.

Then just tell all your friends and family what you are doing. Links to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. are right on the page to make it easy.

Supporters leave encouraging notes and make donations on your personal page so you can watch your donation thermometer rise with each donation.

Get a Free Hiking Shirt

HIKE for Mental Health quick-dry shirt

Our hiking shirts dry super-quick and feel great, day after day on the trail.

Available in mens or womens, sizes from small to XXL.

All registered AT thru hikers who raise at least $100 will receive a free shirt.

When you reach $100, we will get your shirt to you, on or off the trail.

Where the Money Goes

HIKE for Mental Health is an all-volunteer, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

All contributions 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 country. By supporting the ATC and other non-profit, volunteer groups that care for our trails, we help preserve wilderness experiences for generations to come. Where the money goes.

Trail Map


If you have any questions or ideas, please contact us.

We are glad to talk with you about your thru hike and how you can help HIKE for Mental Health.

We hope you will make HIKE for Mental Health a part of your thru-hike.

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