Hike the Giant for Mental Health
September 5, 2021
Sleeping Giant State Park
IMPORTANT: Hike start time has changed from 8 am to 7 am. Please make note of this new start time.
The “Sleeping Giant” is a rugged traprock mountain located 8 miles north of New Haven; it is a prominent landscape feature visible for miles. The Park offers over 32 miles of hiking trails, including 5 miles of the 23-mile Quinnipiac Trail. Trails offer distant views from rocky crags, remote quiet woods and mountain brooks with mossy cascades.
This hike for mental health features three different hiking options, depending on your taste:
Tower Trail (Easy): This 3.1 mile out and back trail features great forest setting and is good for all skill levels. It’s kid friendly and dogs on leash are welcome. The trail ends at a 4-story stone observation tower with plenty of room for a picnic.
Option 2 (Moderate): Blue Trail to the Tower. While still about 4 miles, this moderately difficult trail will get your heart pumping while rewarding you with beautiful views. Trek up over the head and continue your climb to the Tower for views of Long Island Sound. You can return the same way or take the Tower Trail back.
Option 3 (Hard): Blue Trail to Violet Loop. Plan for over 6 miles of rock mixed with woods. Starting up the Blue Trail, you’ll continue past the Tower, meeting up with Red Circle and returning on Violet. The Violet trail takes you back over the far side of the mountain, past the old quarry works and ending with a stroll along the Mill River.
These are just a few of the attractions in Sleeping Giant State Park in Hamden, Connecticut.
If you are traveling in for the hike and looking for a place to stay in Hamden, try the Clarion Hotel & Suites. 2260 Whitney Ave. Hamden CT 203-288-3831. Hamden also hosts a number of restaurants – everything from fine dining at Luce to hot dogs at Glenwood. Also, check out the three microbreweries in town.
Meet new friends and enjoy the natural beauty of autumn, just minutes from New Haven.
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:||Sleeping Giant State Park, Hamden, CT|
|Date:||September 5, 2021.|
|Time:||Approximately 9am – 3pm. Exact times and locations with directions provided to registered hikers only.|
|Distance:||3 to 7 miles, depending on the hiking option you choose.|
|Difficulty level:||Easy to difficult, depending on the hiking option you choose.|
|Suitable for beginners?||Yes, there are three options for hiking difficulty so choose the hike that suits your ability!|
|Registration fee||Registration is free.|
|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.|
|Hike director:||Hike directors Lynn Crisci, Deanna Anderson and Kathy Cudmore are lifelong hikers to whom the healing benefits of hiking bring special meaning. “Sleeping Giant is a diverse mountain with something for everyone,” says Kathy. “This is a perfect way to raise awareness as well as money for a great cause,” adds Deanna. Lynn shares, “This Park is an oasis. It can be accessible, or allow you to feel alone in nature. I’ve hiked all 32 trails, and each one is special.”|
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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by Brandon Parenteau
$50.00 donated of $200.00 goal