On  August 15, 2017, Dr. Aaron Madsen, his sons Wesley (13) and Jeremy (12), his father, and his father-in-law are embarking on an epic family adventure to hike one of the premier backpacking trails in North America. The celebrated John Muir Trail is a 220-mile trek that begins near Mount Whitney and extends to the beautiful Yosemite Valley. 

During their trek, The Madsen family will post updates of photos, videos, and texts at each of their resupply stations. These stations include: Charlotte LakeMuir Trail Ranch, Red’s Meadow, and Tuolumne Meadows. There are also many passes they will have to conquer on this trek, including the Cottonwood Pass, Trail Crest, Forester Pass, Glen Pass, Pinchot Pass, Mather Pass, Muir Pass, Selden Pass, Silver Pass, Island Pass, Donohue Pass, and Cathedral Pass. The entire trek will take the Madsen family approximately 25 days to complete.

As part of this daunting, yet exquisite hike, the Madsen family was inspired to give back to

Charlotte Lake

our community, choosing to use this experience as a fundraising effort to support One SAFE Place. Dr. Madsen explained why, saying, “We chose One Safe Place for a number of reasons. Obviously, the services they offer in the area are valuable. When I am not hiking, I am an emergency physician, and I see a lot of domestic violence and child abuse. While I get pretty good at blocking out a lot of things, those are things that still really affect me at work.” Dr. Madsen said his two boys played a large role in the decision to choose One SAFE Place to make a difference in the community.


Angela Jones, Executive Director of SAFE Place, said, “It is wonderful to see young men so engaged in the community. We are honored to be the recipient of the proceeds from their once in a lifetime journey.”

To follow the Madsen family on their trek, and to donate to One SAFE Place, go to https://crowdfund.ospshasta.org/projects/one-safe-trek/, and/or the One SAFE Trek page at https://www.facebook.com/OneSafePlaceShasta/. You can also view a video of the Madsen family discussing this trek at ospshasta.org.  

About One SAFE Place

The vision of One SAFE Place is a community free of domestic and sexual abuse, and we work to provide intervention and safety to those affected by domestic and sexual abuse.  One Safe Place offers emergency shelter and co-locates a variety of other services at our Client Service Center through a multi-disciplinary team of professionals, offering help for victims of all forms of family violence, child abuse and elder abuse.