Bear Mountain Hike to Oktoberfest
October 1, 2022
Anthony Wayne Recreation Area
Bear Mountain, New York
IMPORTANT: Hike start time has changed from 8 am to 7 am. Please make note of this new start time.
Ascend to the summit of Bear Mountain with panoramic views of the Hudson River Valley…
Climb the Perkins Memorial Tower for stunning autumn vistas across the Hudson Highlands and Harriman State Park!
After an exhilarating hike, arrive back at Anthony Wayne Recreation Area to kick off Oktoberfest 2022, where you can enjoy German food, costumes, music and beverages!
The hike route will proceed from Anthony Wayne Recreation Area to the summit of Bear Mountain, and return the same way.
Meet new friends and enjoy the natural beauty of autumn near Harriman State Park, just an hour from New York City.
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 illnesses. 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.
|Location:||Anthony Wayne Recreation Area, Bear Mountain, NY|
|Date:||October 1, 2022.|
|Time:||Approximately 7 am – 3 pm. Exact times and locations with directions provided to registered hikers only.|
|Distance:||Approximately 9 miles round trip|
|Difficulty level:||Moderately difficult with some steep uphill sections.|
|Suitable for beginners?||Yes, if you can climb 5 flights of stairs without stopping and still be smiling, you should be able to complete this hike!|
|Registration fee||Registration is free, but the Park will charge a parking fee. It was $10 per car at last check.|
|Pet friendly?||Well-behaved dogs are welcome on a 6 ft lead.|
|Sponsorship amount:||The hike goal is $1,000. There is no minimum required to join the hike, but if every hiker raises $100 we will 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.|
Donna Chapman has been an integral part of HIKE for Mental Health since its inception. An avid hiker and dedicated trail maintainer, she serves as Chair of the Dutchess-Putnam A.T. Management Committee and volunteers with both the New York – New Jersey Trail Conference and the Harlem Valley Appalachian Trail Community.
Brandon Parenteau is an avid hiker and repeat hike leader for HIKE for Mental Health. “My time in the mountains quiets the noise in my mind and fills my soul. I want to share the peace I find through hiking with others.”
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.