9th Annual Summit Mt. Washington
August 22, 2020 • Bretton Woods, NH
IMPORTANT: After much deliberation and in consultation with the Mt. Washington Observatory staff, I have made the difficult decision not to hold a group hike for Summit Mt Washington this year. Instead, we will host an all-day online virtual event, encouraging participants to do your own hikes, in whatever way feels comfortable and safe for you personally, either at Mt. Washington or elsewhere. We will host a Facebook live event in the morning to kick-off the day, allow participants to share photos and messages throughout the day on our event Facebook page, and another Facebook live event at the end of the day to wrap it up. We haven’t worked out all the details, but Staci, Sue, and Diana will be working on it and will share more information as they have it.
Why this decision? Given the uncertainty in the current environment, the Observatory’s concerns about group events this summer, and the need to make a decision now so everyone can plan accordingly, this approach feels like our best option. People who choose to hike Mt Washington that day, assuming it is permitted by local authorities, are welcome to do so. Those who prefer to hike closer to their home areas can do that as well. But we can all still come together online for the morning kick-off and for an end-of-day wrap-up.
In short, Summit Mt Washington 2020 will go on, just in a different form. We hope to be back to our normal group hike for next year. In the meantime, everyone who raises $100 or more on your fundraising page will still receive a HIKE for Mental Health shirts! We will mail them to you about a week before the hike if you reach the milestone by then. Otherwise, we will send them out a week or so after the hike day.
Mental health awareness has never been more important, and hiking is still a great way to maintain one’s grounding and mental wellness. Although we won’t be together in one big group, we can still hike, wherever we each choose to be that day, together, to help stamp out the stigma that accompanies mental illness.
Starting early in the morning, we will hike to the summit of Mt. Washington, enjoying spectacular views of the Presidential Range along the way.
After an extended break on the summit to take in the views and recharge our tired muscles, we will make the descent back to base.
This hike is extremely strenuous, five miles of nearly constant uphill hiking. And worth every step! Come help us paint the mountain orange!
Not up for hiking up Mt. Washington but want to be involved? Keep an eye out on our Facebook event page for more details on “Painting the Cog Orange.”
Note about our planned hiking route: We intend to hike up and down the Jewell Trail. If we have a large group and/or advanced hikers, we may also utilize the Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail, Lion Head and/or Tuckerman Ravine Trail so that we have well-sized hiking groups with hikers well-matched to trails that suit their abilities and interests.
Driving direction to the hike start are here. Details about parking, trails and exact start times will be provided to registered hikers only.
If you are coming from a distance and need a cabin bunk for Friday and/or Saturday night, please email Staci. She has reserved several cabins at nearby Twin Mountain KOA. UPDATE: Cabins are full for 2019.
Comments from past Summit Mt Washington hikers
I miss this already. CAN’T WAIT FOR NEXT YEAR! – Sitha C.
Incredible day! Can’t wait to do it again next year! – Thom V.
So touching and amazing and loved everyone! – Meera M.
You guys are awesome!! Roo (a dog) loved meeting all of you, and can’t wait to see you again next year! – Joanne T.
I had a great time and I’m so glad to have been part of this! Will you send my HFMH shirt to me? I’d like to have mine for next year’s hike, if possible. I already can’t wait! 🙂 – Amanda M.
These are the best people to hike with. I meet a new friend at each and every hike. And working towards a great cause too! I’ll be back next year and I’ll definitely make it to the barbecue next year! – Pat Z.
My first year, so much fun! – John L.
Great event! So happy to have met everyone. – Suzanne G.
Had a great time this weekend and met some wonderful people. Cannot wait to hike again next year!! – Regina F.
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.
Please see important note at the top of this page.
|Location:||Cog Railroad, Base Station Road, Bretton Woods, NH|
|Date:||August 22, 2020|
|Time:||Approx. 7 AM – 4 PM. Exact times and locations will be provided to registered hikers only.|
|Distance:||Approximately 10.2 miles roundtrip.|
|Difficulty level:||Strenuous. Five miles of steady uphill hiking.|
|Suitable for beginners?||We have first-time hikers join us every year. If you can walk up 10-15 full flights of stairs safely and steadily without stopping and still be smiling, you can do it!|
|Registration fee||Registration is free.|
|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 a $20,000. There is no minimum required to join the hike, but if every hiker raises $150-$250, 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.|
The top fundraiser for this hike will receive a brand new pair of Leki trekking poles, generously donated by Leki. 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 August 29, one week after the hike.
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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