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.


Castlewood State Park Hike

June 3, 2018 • Ballwin, MO

Explore the lush valley around the Meramec River...
Experience wilderness that was a popular retreat for partying St. Louisans in the early 1900s...
Get away to broad meadows filled with wildlife...

Our hiking route will take us over two popular Castlewood State Park trails, the Grotpeter Trail and the Lone Wolf Trail. Meet new friends and enjoy the natural beauty of Castlewood State Park, less than an hour from downtown St. Louis.


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: 1401 Kiefer Creek Road, Ballwin, MO 63021
Date: June 3, 2018
Time: 8 AM- 1 PM. Exact times and locations with directions provided to registered hikers only.
Distance: Approximately 5.8 miles.
Difficulty level: Moderate. Multiple up's and down's, with a steeper ascent near the beginning of the hike.
Suitable for beginners? Absolutely! A great hike for beginners who and can readily climb 5 flights of stairs without stopping and still be smiling.
Registration fee Registration is free.
Pet friendly? Dogs are welcome in the park but must be on a leash no longer than 10 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.
Hike director: Emily EllisFor Tim Reeder, mental health and the outdoors are a natural fit. "One of the ways in which I've done the most to help my own mental health is to get outdoors. So, an organization that address both concerns is the perfect combination to me. Castlewood State Park is a beautiful park with a variety of trails and it is easily accessible to anyone in the metro area. It is one of my favorite parks to hike, and the Grotpeter Trail offers just a bit of a challenge without being too difficult."

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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