Our hiking group seeks to provide interesting, enjoyable and sometimes challenging hikes to our members, although some easier trails are ideal for first-time or occasional hikers. Posted hikes give detailed descriptions on the difficulty level, length of hike, elevation, what to bring and other important hiking information to take into consideration when choosing whether or not to sign up for a particular hike. We emphasis the importance of knowing your own hiking ability and recommend starting on easier hikes before heading out on more difficult ones. Hiking in the Great Outdoors is good for your health and fitness, and much safer when done with other fellow hikers like us.
Hike leaders are members like you who decide to join our Leadership Team after becoming experienced at hiking and leading groups of people on trails. Only hike leaders can choose, post, and lead a hike, but we are open to suggested locations to visit. San Joaquin Hikers is always looking to recruit new hike leaders who have the experience, knowledge, and interest in becoming one -so let us know if that might be you. We can help you reach that goal. The more hike leaders we have, the more hikes we can offer.
We practice "Leave no Trace" on our hiking events, which means packing in/packing out all items you bring along. Our hikes are on established trails and we rarely venture off-trail. We suggest keeping cell phone usage to a minimum while on the trails so you and fellow hikers can truly enjoy themselves in nature. Hiking does have it's hazards, so be sure to read the information in the drop-down PAGES tab outlining what to watch out for. Hike leaders cannot be held responsible for your personal safety but will do what they can in an emergency (see our Disclaimer Section).
In determining what to bring and how to dress for a hike, take into consideration the difficulty level, length of hike, weather conditions, area location. For most hikes we suggest, at minimum, bringing water and snacks, first aid kit, and any personal items you need. Most hike leaders carry much more than that and will usually provide a list of what to bring on their posted hike description. Clothing can vary, depending on the expected temperature on hiking day, but it's best to dress in layers in case it gets warmer or cooler than expected. Hiking boots or sturdy walking shoes are what most hikers wear - no sandals please (unless they are hiking ones). Trekking poles can be very helpful and many hikers choose to use them on hikes that are not on flat ground. Always be prepared for contingences if the hike does not go as planned.
If you have any medical condition (such as diabetes) or are on prescription medicine please privately advise the hike leader before setting off on hike day. Please do NOT come hiking when sick, recovering from serious illness, taking medicine that causes drowsiness, experiencing a hangover, or feel somewhat impaired in any way. Common sense should prevail!
WHY WE ARE DIFFERENT FROM OTHER HIKING GROUPS?:
- COPERATIVE HIKING GROUP
- DISCOUNTS ON REI GEAR AND CLOTHING
- DAY HIKES AND SOMETIMES OVERNIGHT CAMPING TRIPS
- NO DISCRIMINATION OF ABILITIES, BACKGROUND OR AGE
- VARIETY OF HIKING OPPORTUNITIES
- DOG FRIENDLY HIKING OPTIONS
- $10 ANNUAL DONATION IS SUGGESTED TO COVER COST OF WEBSITE FEES
Thank you in your interest in our group and hope to see YOU on the trail!