Bear Mountain Oktoberfest Hike
September 26, 2015 • Bear Mountain Inn • Highland Falls, NY
Join us for our Second Annual Bear Mountain Oktoberfest Hike with dramatic views of the Hudson River Valley and Bear Mountain Bridge, an amazing climb on hand-hewn granite steps, and brats, sauerkraut, alp-horns, polka music, and more at the end!
These are just a few of the attractions of the three-hour Bear Mountain Oktoberfest hike near Highland Falls, NY.
This hike encompasses what many believe is the best section for the Appalachian Trail in the tri-state area as it slowly ascends to the summit of Bear Mountain. Along the way we climb steps on the back side of the mountain and enjoy wonderful views as we walk on the oldest section of the AT. Just before the summit, we will see beautiful views of the Hudson River and walk on one of the few wheelchair accessible parts of the trail. At the summit, we can climb the tower for 360 degree views. On the decent we will hike on newly set granite steps and arrive back at the Inn just in time for a quick car shuttle to the Oktoberfest celebration.
A fun day that offers something for everyone, this hike is a great way to meet new friends, enjoy the natural beauty of Bear Mountain, and hike on a stretch of the oldest long-distance trail in America.
The hike will be guided by avid hikers and frequent trail angels, Donna Chapman and Martin Hunley. They are also volunteer-maintainers of the Wiley Shelter on the Appalachian Trail in Pawling, NY. They are fantastic photographers, and have generously contributed many of the hike photos on the HIKE for Mental Health website. Donna is also the Harlem Valley Appalachian Trail Community Ambassador and was recently featured in the Appalachian Trail Journey’s quarterly magazine.
Registration Is Free
There is no fee to register for this fundraising hike.
When you register, you will personalize a sponsorship page and share it with your friends and potential supporters through email, Facebook, etc.
Our website makes it quick and easy to get sponsors for your hike.
For a Good Cause
HIKE for Mental Health is an all-volunteer organization.
All contributions to this hike support our mission causes.
Eighty percent will fund scientific research into causes, treatments and cures for major mental illness such as PTSD, schizophrenia, bipolar spectrum disorders, and depression.
The remaining twenty percent maintains the wilderness trails on which we hike through organizations such as the Appalachian Trail Conservancy.
Come out and join us at Bear Mountain on September 26 – we will have a great time for a great cause.
Details about parking and start times will be provided to registered hikers.