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.


Gertrude's Nose Trail Hike

May 11, 2019 • Kerhonkson, NY

Gaze over tremendous views and beautiful Hudson Valley vistas...
Hike a gorgeous trail with varied terrain...
Marvel in the landscapes along the stunning ridgeline walk..

These are just a few of the attractions on the 6.6 mile Gertrude's Nose Trail hike in Minnewaska State Park Preserve near Kerhonkson, NY.

For hikers who want to enjoy the beauty but aren't up for the full distance, there are options for a 1.9 mile hike around Lake Minnewaska or a 5 mile out-and-back to Millbrook Mountain.

Meet new friends and enjoy the natural beauty of the Hudson Valley in spring just 20 minutes from SUNY New Paltz.

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. 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: Minnewaska State Park, Kerhonkson, NY.
Date: May 11, 2019.
Time: 9 AM - 3 PM. Exact times and locations with directions provided to registered hikers only.
Distance: Approximately 6.6 miles.
Difficulty level: Moderate. There are a few steeper scrambles.
Suitable for beginners? Absolutely! A great hike for beginners who and can readily climb 3 flights of stairs without stopping and still be smiling.
Registration fee Registration is free. The park charges a $10 entrance fee payable at the park.
Pet friendly? Dogs are welcome in the park but must be on a leash no longer than 6 ft.
Sponsorship amount: The hike goal is $1,000. There is no minimum required to join the hike, but if every hiker raised $200, we would blow away our goal.
Free shirt: Hikers who raise $100 or more will receive a free HIKE for Mental Health quick-dry hiking shirt.
Hike director: Matt Erickson"My name is Matthew Erickson. I'm a Psychology major with a concentration in biology at SUNY New Paltz. HIKE for Mental Health is appealing to me not only due to my love for hiking and nature, but because my life's goal is to educate people about mental health, and this charity supports organizations that research this topic. I've chosen this hike, Getrude's Nose Trail because of the amazing views, varied terrain and close proximity to SUNY New Paltz. Join us!"

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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