Join our fifth annual #hikeOctober campaign to raise awareness of the challenges of mental illness, fund mental health research and conserve wilderness trails. #hikeOctober is free to join, open to hikers of all experience levels, and an easy way for your walk in the woods, or around the park, to make an impact!

Sign up now, then hike or walk any distance, anywhere, by yourself or with a group, anytime in October!

Watch as we collectively strive toward our goals. Remember to hashtag #hikeOctober on your walking and hiking photos, and to connect with us via social media to hear campaign updates, read personal Why I #hikeOctober accounts, and share in the impact we all make as the HIKE for Mental Health team!

Goal: $25,000.00

$4,994.00 donated

Goal: 5,000.0 miles

153.5 miles completed

#hikeOctober is a month long celebration of the outdoors and the ways it can heal us. We hike because it is great for our own mental health; we hike to raise awareness of the stigma of mental illness; and we hike to raise money for mental health research and trail conservancy.
HIKE for Mental Health is an all-volunteer organization dedicated to overcoming the stigma of mental illness, promoting the benefits of outdoor activity, and conserving wilderness trails. Our hikeOctober planning team is a diverse group of men and women around the country who volunteer their time throughout the year to organize and promote this campaign, including HIKE for Mental Health co-founder, Leo Walker, team lead Brayden Donnelly, and social media coordinators Brielle Brack, Cristen Heavens, and Jasmine Massa.
Since our first #hikeOctober in 2017, the #hikeOctober community has raised $35,753.63, hiked 7,000 miles, and brought together 578 participants! We have had involvement from over 36 states and three different countries. In 2020, our all-volunteer team of five logged a collective 300 hours of effort. Numbers like these show the incredible effort that can be made when passionate people get together and set a goal. So please join us in our fifth annual #hikeOctober campaign to see how you can make a difference!
You can hike or walk as little or as much as you want. It is completely up to you. Once you sign up, you will be able to add your hiking mileage to the campaign toward our group goal of 5,000 miles during the month of October. As you add more hikes, you will receive online "badges" to share your achievements with friends via social media.
Anywhere you want! Any hike or walk during October in honor of the campaign can be part of our #hikeOctober. A 20 mile backpacking trip or a 2 mile walk in the town park - it's all good! Take one big trip, or walk a little every day. You decide how you want to #hikeOctober and how you'll make a difference.
No, it is completely free. Remember to share the news with your friends and encourage them to take part.
When you sign up, you get to personalize a fundraising page. By sharing your page with others, you build awareness and give them an opportunity to make a donation to the campaign. There is no minimum fundraising requirement to participate, but everyone who reaches $100 or more by the end of October will receive a cool, quick-dry HIKE for Mental Health hiking shirt.
HIKE for Mental Health is a recognized 501(c)(3) nonprofit founded on the vision of a world in which everyone, including those who suffer mental illness, can find the simple joy of living. Our mission is to alleviate the suffering of those afflicted by mental illness, eliminate the associated stigma, and to foster responsible use of wilderness trails. As an all-volunteer organization, we distribute 100% of contributions raised by our hikers.
  • 80 cents from every dollar funds scientific research to understand, prevent, and treat mental illness
  • 20 cents maintains and preserves wilderness trails

Your donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by the IRS. To learn more, visit hikeformentalhealth.org. Click to see our recent contributions to the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy and the Pacific Crest Trail Association.

After you sign up, you can update your mileage anytime by scrolling to the alphabetical list at the bottom of this page, and clicking the "update" link next to your mileage.

You can view our full slate of hikes anytime on our hike schedule page.

If you have any further questions, feel free to contact us.

Remember to hashtag #hikeOctober during your October walks and hikes and then follow us on social media for the chance to see one of your very own #hikeOctober photos!

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A Sister's Hike

by Jessica Alderete

$0.00 donated of $200.00 goal

0.0 miles hiked of 30.0 mile goal (update)

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Adam Paquin’s Hike for Mental Health

by Adam Paquin

$0.00 donated of $200.00 goal

0.0 miles hiked of 30.0 mile goal (update)

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ADK Woods Walker Community's 2022 Hike for Mental Health

by Jason Morrison

$525.00 donated of $1,500.00 goal

0.0 miles hiked of 100.0 mile goal (update)

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ADK Woods Walker Gang

by Jason Morrison

$2,214.00 donated of $2,000.00 goal

0.0 miles hiked of 100.0 mile goal (update)

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Arayna’s Hiketober

by Arayna Brack

$0.00 donated of $200.00 goal

0.0 miles hiked of 30.0 mile goal (update)

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Ashley Boortz’s hike for mental health

by Ashley Boortz

$0.00 donated of $100.00 goal

0.0 miles hiked of 30.0 mile goal (update)

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Bailey Gammill’s Hike for Mental Health

by Bailey Gammill

$175.00 donated of $200.00 goal

0.0 miles hiked of 30.0 mile goal (update)

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Boom Hikes for Mental Health

by Nick Devlin

$50.00 donated of $200.00 goal

23.4 miles hiked of 100.0 mile goal (update)

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Brandy Goes Hiking

by Brandy Dillingham

$0.00 donated of $200.00 goal

0.0 miles hiked of 50.0 mile goal (update)

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Breeze, Bray, and Joshie Go Hiking!

by Brayden Donnelly

$0.00 donated of $50.00 goal

0.0 miles hiked of 150.0 mile goal (update)

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CraCra about Hiking

by Teri Thompson

$0.00 donated of $200.00 goal

0.0 miles hiked of 50.0 mile goal (update)

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Cristen takes a hike (for mental health)

by Cristen Heavens

$0.00 donated of $200.00 goal

2.5 miles hiked of 50.0 mile goal (update)

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Crystal's Hike October Fall Challenge

by Crystal Elkins

$150.00 donated of $500.00 goal

0.0 miles hiked of 100.0 mile goal (update)

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Deanna' hike for mental health

by Deanna Kim

$50.00 donated of $200.00 goal

0.0 miles hiked of 50.0 mile goal (update)

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Elizabeth’s Hike/Run October

by Elizabeth Hotz

$0.00 donated of $100.00 goal

4.5 miles hiked of 50.0 mile goal (update)

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Erika Seekatz's hike for mental health

by Erika Seekatz

$0.00 donated of $25.00 goal

0.0 miles hiked of 25.0 mile goal (update)

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Heather & Team Eagle are Hiking for Mental Health

by Heather Lawson

$0.00 donated of $500.00 goal

0.0 miles hiked of 50.0 mile goal (update)

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Heidelberg: Let's hike for mental health

by Laldingliani Sailo

$140.00 donated of $200.00 goal

0.0 miles hiked of 10.0 mile goal (update)

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Hike for Mental Health with Jen Johnson

by Jen Johnson

$0.00 donated of $200.00 goal

0.0 miles hiked of 20.0 mile goal (update)

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hiking peaks of otter and triple crown VA

by matthew ulmer

$0.00 donated of $200.00 goal

0.0 miles hiked of 50.0 mile goal (update)

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Hodges’ Hike for Mental Health

by Gail Grady

$0.00 donated of $200.00 goal

0.0 miles hiked of 100.0 mile goal (update)

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J-Nine

by Janine Graham

$0.00 donated of $200.00 goal

0.0 miles hiked of 55.0 mile goal (update)

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Jael's Hike for mental health

by Jael Secerov

$0.00 donated of $200.00 goal

0.0 miles hiked of 30.0 mile goal (update)

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Jason Dominy’s Hike For Mental Health

by Jason Dominy

$110.00 donated of $500.00 goal

9.2 miles hiked of 30.0 mile goal (update)

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Jeannie’s 2022 hike for mental health

by Jean Donnelly

$25.00 donated of $175.00 goal

3.4 miles hiked of 30.0 mile goal (update)

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Jeff Campbell's Hike 4 Mental Health

by Jeff Campbell

$0.00 donated of $200.00 goal

6.0 miles hiked of 30.0 mile goal (update)

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Jennifer (Team Eagle) Hike for Mental Health

by Jennifer Ledbetter

$0.00 donated of $200.00 goal

0.0 miles hiked of 30.0 mile goal (update)

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Karma’s Hike for Mental Health

by Tara Spear

$500.00 donated of $500.00 goal

11.2 miles hiked of 87.0 mile goal (update)

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Katie & Lara Hike for Mental Health

by Katie Ouellette

$125.00 donated of $300.00 goal

0.0 miles hiked of 30.0 mile goal (update)

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Katie & Lara Hike for Mental Health

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$0.00 donated of $300.00 goal

0.0 miles hiked of 30.0 mile goal (update)

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Kristy’s Hike for Mental Health

by Kristy Chadwick

$0.00 donated of $200.00 goal

0.0 miles hiked of 30.0 mile goal (update)

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Leo's hikeOctober 2022

by Leo Walker

$0.00 donated of $600.00 goal

24.1 miles hiked of 150.0 mile goal (update)

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Little Bear Takes a Walk

by Little Bear

$0.00 donated of $10.00 goal

0.0 miles hiked of 31.0 mile goal (update)

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Marilyn Clinton Memorial Hike for Mental Health

by Adaline Catlin

$0.00 donated of $1,000.00 goal

0.0 miles hiked of 25.0 mile goal (update)

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Matt’s Manic Mountain Mosey

by Matthew Nichols

$0.00 donated of $150.00 goal

9.0 miles hiked of 100.0 mile goal (update)

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Meg does a hike for mental health

by Meg Raynes

$0.00 donated of $100.00 goal

4.5 miles hiked of 25.0 mile goal (update)

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Megan's hike for Mental Health

by Megan Bryson

$250.00 donated of $500.00 goal

0.0 miles hiked of 30.0 mile goal (update)

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Mia’s Miles for Mental Health

by Mia Kontnik

$0.00 donated of $200.00 goal

0.0 miles hiked of 20.0 mile goal (update)

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NMU Conservation Crew's hike for mental health

by Brianna Elizondo

$0.00 donated of goal

35.5 miles hiked of 200.0 mile goal (update)

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NMU Conservation Crew's Hike for Mental Health!

by NMU Conservation Crew

$310.00 donated of $525.00 goal

0.0 miles hiked of 330.0 mile goal (update)

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Rainwater's Hike October

by Michael Rainwater

$0.00 donated of $330.00 goal

0.0 miles hiked of 330.0 mile goal (update)

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Shamrock’s hike

by Shannon Gilman

$0.00 donated of $100.00 goal

0.0 miles hiked of 30.0 mile goal (update)

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Sister in-laws hike for mental health

by Amber Moe

$50.00 donated of $200.00 goal

0.0 miles hiked of 20.0 mile goal (update)

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Stacey's Wondering Soul - Nature Heals the Body, Mind and Soul

by Stacey Michaylira

$0.00 donated of $200.00 goal

1.3 miles hiked of 30.0 mile goal (update)

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Sunshine Shi Hikes October

by Shianne Purvis

$0.00 donated of $200.00 goal

0.0 miles hiked of 100.0 mile goal (update)

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Sunshine Shi's Hike October 2022

by Shianne Purvis

$0.00 donated of $200.00 goal

0.0 miles hiked of 100.0 mile goal (update)

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Talk about it. Greg's Fund Raiser

by Gregory Leblanc

$35.00 donated of $250.00 goal

8.5 miles hiked of 150.0 mile goal (update)

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Ten Summit Yoga for Peace of Mind

by Erin Day

$110.00 donated of $1,200.00 goal

10.4 miles hiked of 500.0 mile goal (update)

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The Solution Hike For Mental Health

by Jean Mathurin

$0.00 donated of $100.00 goal

0.0 miles hiked of 30.0 mile goal (update)

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Wander Liz Hike for Mental Health Challenge

by Elizabeth Guerrero

$175.00 donated of $200.00 goal

0.0 miles hiked of 50.0 mile goal (update)

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WhiteBlazed hikes for mental health

by Jess Simmons

$0.00 donated of $500.00 goal

0.0 miles hiked of 60.0 mile goal (update)

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Year of the Trail #hikeOctober

by Jen Runkle

$0.00 donated of $500.00 goal

0.0 miles hiked of 50.0 mile goal (update)

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