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Join our fourth 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: $10,000.00

$2,945.00 donated

Goal: 2,500.0 miles

93.8 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.
Over its first three Octobers, hikeOctober saw more than 350 participants from around the country hike a total of 2,400 miles and raise more than $6,500! 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 third 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 2,500 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.

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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Adam Hasty’s Hike for Mental Health

by Adam Hasty

$75.00 donated of $200.00 goal

0.0 miles hiked of 50.0 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's Hike for Mental Health

by Jason Morrison

$0.00 donated of $500.00 goal

0.0 miles hiked of 100.0 mile goal (update)

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Alisa's hike for mental health

by Alisa Barnes

$0.00 donated of $200.00 goal

0.0 miles hiked of 30.0 mile goal (update)

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Amanda's Happy Hike

by AMANDA BELCHER

$25.00 donated of $150.00 goal

0.0 miles hiked of 20.0 mile goal (update)

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Amy Holt's Hike for Mental Health Awareness

by Amy Holt

$25.00 donated of $200.00 goal

0.0 miles hiked of 20.0 mile goal (update)

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Anna’s Mental Health Woods Walk

by Anna Kurtz

$735.00 donated of $500.00 goal

0.0 miles hiked of 100.0 mile goal (update)

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Beyer Art Hike for Mental Health

by Michelle Beyer

$25.00 donated of $200.00 goal

37.7 miles hiked of 100.0 mile goal (update)

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Branchin' Out

by AMANDA MOUTSOULAS

$0.00 donated of $200.00 goal

0.0 miles hiked of 30.0 mile goal (update)

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Branchin’ Out

by AMANDA MOUTSOULAS

$0.00 donated of $200.00 goal

0.0 miles hiked of 30.0 mile goal (update)

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Brayden's #hikeOctober

by Brayden Donnelly

$0.00 donated of $250.00 goal

0.0 miles hiked of 250.0 mile goal (update)

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Brielle & Joshie's #hikeOctober2020

by Brielle Brack

$0.00 donated of $100.00 goal

0.0 miles hiked of 100.0 mile goal (update)

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Brina’s hike for mental health

by Sabrina Knight

$25.00 donated of $200.00 goal

0.0 miles hiked of 30.0 mile goal (update)

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Callie Leisure’s Hike for Mental Health

by Callie Leisure

$0.00 donated of $400.00 goal

0.0 miles hiked of 100.0 mile goal (update)

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Christina O'Neal's hike for mental health

by Christina O'Neal

$0.00 donated of $200.00 goal

0.0 miles hiked of 30.0 mile goal (update)

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Christy Sandstrom’s hike for mental health

by Christy Sandstrom

$0.00 donated of $200.00 goal

0.0 miles hiked of 30.0 mile goal (update)

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Cristen's #hikeOctober Fundraising Page!

by Cristen Heavens

$0.00 donated of $200.00 goal

0.0 miles hiked of 50.0 mile goal (update)

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Dawn's hike for mental health

by Dawn Simpson

$50.00 donated of $180.00 goal

5.3 miles hiked of 20.0 mile goal (update)

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Diana Lapp’s Hike for Mental Health

by Diana Lapp

$50.00 donated of $100.00 goal

0.0 miles hiked of 25.0 mile goal (update)

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Erin’s Hike for Healing

by Erin Day

$125.00 donated of $500.00 goal

0.0 miles hiked of 75.0 mile goal (update)

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Gray’s hike for mental health

by Arnita Gray

$0.00 donated of $200.00 goal

0.0 miles hiked of 30.0 mile goal (update)

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Heather’s Hike for Mental Health

by Heather Annis

$325.00 donated of $200.00 goal

0.0 miles hiked of 25.0 mile goal (update)

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Heather’s Hike for Mental Health

by Heather Lawson

$0.00 donated of $200.00 goal

0.0 miles hiked of 30.0 mile goal (update)

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Jackie's #hikeOctober

by Jackie Maki

$30.00 donated of $200.00 goal

0.0 miles hiked of 30.0 mile goal (update)

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Jen's Hike for Mental Health

by Jennifer Parker

$0.00 donated of $100.00 goal

0.0 miles hiked of 50.0 mile goal (update)

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Jen's Joyful Hike

by Jen Alonso

$125.00 donated of $200.00 goal

16.0 miles hiked of 50.0 mile goal (update)

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Jennifer Parker's hike for mental health

by Jennifer Parker

$0.00 donated of $125.00 goal

0.0 miles hiked of 50.0 mile goal (update)

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Jourdan’s Hike for Mental Health

by Jourdan Adams

$0.00 donated of $250.00 goal

4.9 miles hiked of 60.0 mile goal (update)

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Kate Reynolds

by Katelin Reynolds

$0.00 donated of $100.00 goal

0.0 miles hiked of 30.0 mile goal (update)

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Katherine's Hike for Mental Health

by Katherine Schutes

$0.00 donated of $200.00 goal

0.0 miles hiked of 50.0 mile goal (update)

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Kay's Hike for Mental Health

by Kay Allan

$0.00 donated of $200.00 goal

0.0 miles hiked of 50.0 mile goal (update)

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Krista & Tim Getting Lost in the Woods: Hike for Mental Health Fundraiser

by Krista Erickson

$0.00 donated of $500.00 goal

0.0 miles hiked of 50.0 mile goal (update)

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Leo’s 2020 hikeOctober

by Leo Walker

$0.00 donated of $200.00 goal

0.0 miles hiked of 50.0 mile goal (update)

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Lindsay Holland's hike for mental health

by Lindsay Holland

$0.00 donated of $300.00 goal

0.0 miles hiked of 30.0 mile goal (update)

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Marsha Merdinger's Hike for Mental Health

by Marsha Merdinger

$950.00 donated of $2,000.00 goal

0.0 miles hiked of 26.0 mile goal (update)

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Mary’s Hike for Healthy Minds

by Mary Knutty

$25.00 donated of $250.00 goal

0.0 miles hiked of 50.0 mile goal (update)

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Meg.Hikes

by Megan Raynes

$0.00 donated of $100.00 goal

0.0 miles hiked of 30.0 mile goal (update)

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Melissa’s hikes for mental health

by Melissa Cawthorn

$25.00 donated of $250.00 goal

0.0 miles hiked of 30.0 mile goal (update)

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Michelle's Hike for Mental Health

by Michelle Griffith

$50.00 donated of $200.00 goal

0.0 miles hiked of 30.0 mile goal (update)

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Miles for smiles

by Chris Regan

$0.00 donated of $200.00 goal

0.0 miles hiked of 22.0 mile goal (update)

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Montana's Hike for Mental Health

by Kristine Villatoro

$0.00 donated of $100.00 goal

0.0 miles hiked of 30.0 mile goal (update)

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Montana's Hike for Mental Health

by Kristine Villatoro

$0.00 donated of $200.00 goal

0.0 miles hiked of 30.0 mile goal (update)

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Rainbow's hikeOctober

by Katie Quinn

$0.00 donated of $100.00 goal

0.0 miles hiked of 100.0 mile goal (update)

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Ruth's Hike for Mental Health

by Ruth Shirley

$245.00 donated of $100.00 goal

18.1 miles hiked of 75.0 mile goal (update)

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Sabrina Knight’s hike for mental health

by Sabrina Knight

$0.00 donated of $200.00 goal

0.0 miles hiked of 30.0 mile goal (update)

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Sarah's hike 4 a purpose.

by Sarah Roberts

$0.00 donated of $200.00 goal

3.5 miles hiked of 30.0 mile goal (update)

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Spencer's Hike for Mental Health Campaign

by Spencer Wright

$0.00 donated of $200.00 goal

0.0 miles hiked of 30.0 mile goal (update)

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Tess Simpson's October Hikes for Mental Health Awareness

by Tess Simpson

$15.00 donated of $150.00 goal

8.3 miles hiked of 25.0 mile goal (update)

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Tommy's Magical Mystery Tour

by Tom Kennedy

$0.00 donated of $200.00 goal

0.0 miles hiked of 100.0 mile goal (update)

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Tree Hugger is OTG

by Mandy Scott

$0.00 donated of $20.00 goal

0.0 miles hiked of 30.0 mile goal (update)

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Wahsatch Hiker

by Andy Brough

$0.00 donated of $200.00 goal

0.0 miles hiked of 30.0 mile goal (update)

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WehikeVA

by WehikeVA WehikeVA

$10.00 donated of $200.00 goal

0.0 miles hiked of 30.0 mile goal (update)

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Wendy's Hike for Mental Health

by Wendy Mobley

$10.00 donated of $200.00 goal

0.0 miles hiked of 30.0 mile goal (update)

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Will’s Hike for Mental Health

by Will Granger

$0.00 donated of $200.00 goal

0.0 miles hiked of 50.0 mile goal (update)

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Women Wanderers

by Jo Cruz

$0.00 donated of $200.00 goal

0.0 miles hiked of 20.0 mile goal (update)

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Zach Siegert's Hike for Mental Health

by Zach Siegert

$0.00 donated of $100.00 goal

0.0 miles hiked of 25.0 mile goal (update)

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