Sunfish Pond Hike

October 14, 2017 • Columbia, NJ

Soak in fantastic 360 degree views atop the Kittatinny Ridge...
Explore the southern-most glacial pond on the Appalachian Trail...
Walk through the quiet of mist-shrouded autumn woodlands...

These are just a few of the attractions on the 9 mile Sunfish Pond hike near Columbia, NJ.

This amazing hike covers some of the most beautiful miles on the Appalachian Trail in New Jersey. We will meet at the Kittatinny Point Visitors Center parking lot off I-80E, Columbia, NJ, do a car shuttle to the Mohican Outdoor Center, then hike back to the parking lot.

Meet new friends and enjoy the natural beauty of the Garden State in the fall.

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: Kittatinny Point Visitors Center parking lot off I-80E, Columbia, NJ
Date: October 14, 2017.
Time: 9 AM - 4 PM. Exact times and locations with directions provided to registered hikers only.
Distance: Approximately 9 miles.
Difficulty level: Moderate.
Suitable for beginners? Absolutely! A great hike for beginners who and can readily climb a 3 flights of stairs and still be smiling.
Registration fee Registration is free.
Pet friendly? Dogs are welcome but must be on a leash no longer than 6 ft.
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 gear collection that includes 4 pairs of Superior Merino Wool socks donated by Point6, a Sierra Designs Night Glow tent accessory, and a hand-crafted funky HIKE for Mental Health winter hat from Soul Sista's Stitch Creations. The total value of this prize package is more than $105. 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, one week after the hike.
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!


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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