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.


Crag Camp Overnight Hike

July 20-21, 2017 • Randolph, NH

Challenge yourself with strenuous trails and multiple stream crossings...
Experience magnificent views of Mt. Adams and the Presidential Mountain range in New Hampshire...
Relax at Crag Camp with news friends at 4,247 ft elevation after a hard days work...
Soak in the splendor of the night sky...

These are just a few of the attractions on the 8+ mile Crag Camp Overnight Hike in Randolph, NH.

Build friendships on this overnight hiking trip planned for our most fit hikers. Hike four difficult miles from Appalachia to Crag Camp. Weathering permitting, the group will have the opportunity to summit some combination of Mt Madison, Mt. Adams and Mt. Jefferson over the two days of the hike. For more information on Crag Camp, see http://www.randolphmountainclub.org/sheltersinfo/cragcamp.html.  Join us to enjoy the natural beauty of New Hampshire just a few hours drive from Portland, Boston, Manchester and Burlington.

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 preference. Once you reach $100 in donations to your fundraising page, we will get your shirt to you.

If you hit the $100 ten 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 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: Appalachia Trail tralhead, Randolph, NH
Dates: 9 AM, July 20th through 5 PM, July 21st
Rain Dates: July 24-25
Distance: 8+ miles. Additional mileage on second day for summitting, weather permitting.
Difficulty level: Extremely strenuous.
Suitable for beginners? No, please only sign up if you are a fit, experienced hiker.
Registration fee Registration is free, but there is a $20 fee for the overnight at Crag Camp. Cash only.
Pet friendly? Sorry, no pets on this hike.
Sponsorship amount: The hike goal is $1,000. 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: The top fundraiser for this hike will receive a Princeton Tec Fuel 4 headlamp and the Princeton Tec Stash headlamp case, generously donated by Princeton Tec. The winner will be the hiker registered for this hike with the highest fundraising total on his or her fundraising page by the end of day on July 31, one week after the hike rain date.
Hike director: Emily EllisAdam Leiser is returning for a second year to lead a hike for Mental Health.  He is an experienced hiker who has covered more than 200 miles of the Appalachian Trail and more than 30 of the 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."

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!


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

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

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

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