Hudson Highlands Hike

June 17, 2017 • Fishkill, NY

Explore scenic trails overlooking the Hudson River...
Challenge yourself to an epic adventure along rugged trails...
Experience summits and formed boulders shaped by glaciers over 12,000 years ago...
Gaze upon magnificent views of the Hudson Highlands with the Catskills in the distance on a clear day...

These are just a few of the attractions on the 7 mile Hudson Highlands hike in Fishkill, NY.

The hike is an out-and-back trek with plenty of time to rest and enjoy panoramic vistas during a lunch break atop Lamb's Hill.

Meet new friends and enjoy the natural beauty of the Husdon Highlands just 30 minutes from Poughkeepsie and 90 minutes from New York City.

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: Fishkill, NY
Date: June 17, 2017
Time: 10 AM - 4 PM. Exact times and locations with directions provided to registered hikers only.
Distance: Approximately 7 miles.
Difficulty level: Intermediate to strenuous.
Suitable for beginners? That depends. If you are in good shape, do not have any joint problems and can readily climb 5 flights of stairs and still be smiling... you will be fine! This hike is best suited for those who have at least some hiking experience as it is not "a walk in the park."
Registration fee Registration is free.
Pet friendly? Dogs are welcome but must be on a leash no longer than 6 ft. Bring water - they are working out, too!
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: The top fundraiser for this hike will receive a Hoodie Pack Cover, valued at $50, generously designed, crafted and donated by Lightheart Gear. 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 June 24th, one week after the hike.
Hike directors:

Karen ViolaKaren Viola is an artist who designs unique books and learning materials for children. She believes in the power of story, and that people of all ages should learn to play and play to learn -- outdoors. She completed a 50-mile solo section hike on the Appalachian Trail in Georgia in 2014, raising more than $3,000 for HIKE for Mental Health. She continues her involvement as a hike organizer and as-needed graphic designer.

I am leading this hike because I believe in the importance of the mission to support the science and spirit that battles mental illness and its stigma. I hike for my own mental health, and mental illness is an issue close to my heart, having lost loved ones to the disease and witnessed my brother’s rough trail to survival. I chose this hike because it is close to my home and heart. I am lucky to be just a short drive south of these rugged hills which offer a great cardio workout and beautiful spaces to rest and reflect. The old and plentiful rocks also tell some pretty wild stories, and I look forward to sharing them!

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!


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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