US Hiking is the premier volunteer hiking organization in the United States. We organize free hikes to many of the most beautiful and iconic locations around the country.
We promote hiking as a tool for self empowerment. Hiking should be more than just for the exercise and outdoor adventure. It could be a process to discover ourselves and to push boundary of our potential.
Our goal is to empower a new generation of hikers who are physically fit, mentally strong, and confident to face life's challenges. Join us today, and help us spread the message of self empowerment.
Nature of Our Event
Our events are conducted like house parties. In this case, the Great Outdoors will be our house. The hike leader is the host, and you are the invited guests. All socially appropriate etiquette for a house party need to be observed accordingly. For us, every event is a social gathering at its core, even for a dangerous level 10 advanced hike.
Two 6 Month Cycles
We divide our yearly program into two 6-month cycles. January and July are the beginning of each cycle, meaning our hikes will start easy and escalate upward, in terms of difficulty, until the end of the cycle.
Individual Time Trial
To quantify improvement over time, near the end of each 6 month interval, we will hold individual time trials for participants to mark their performance so that they can compare their progress over time. Individual time trial is entirely voluntary, but it is a powerful tool at your disposal.
Most of our events have a Liability Waiver requirement, meaning you will need to have a signed waiver on file to RSVP. It is a good idea to get it done ahead of time. You can sign it electronically. This is the link: Waiver .
Becoming a Hike Leader
Our organization is operated by volunteers. It is tireless efforts of volunteers that make our events possible. We are always looking for qualified individuals as future hike leaders. To become a hike leader, you will need to lead at least 1 hike every month. If you are able and willing, feel free to contact our Organizer or C0-organizer.
Starting a New Chapter
We want to expand US Hiking beyond Los Angeles. If you are interested in organizing an US Hiking chapter outside Los Angeles, please contact our Organizer or Co-organizer.
We are volunteers: Our organizer, co-organizer, assistant organizers and event organizers receive no monetary nor in-kind compensation for organizing events.
Profile photo: Anyone interested in joining US Hiking must have a profile photo showing his/her face. This is a requirement of our group. Without it, you will not be allowed to sign up for an event.
Waiting list priority: People who hike with with US Hiking regularly will be given priority when they are on the waiting list.
Advanced hikes: Anyone interested in participating in advanced hikes (>3,000' elevation gain or distance > 10 miles or Difficulty Level > = 7 ) will be subject to prescreening before his/her name will be added to the list. Therefore, interested hiker must share with the event host his/her recent hiking background to establish proficiency before his/her name will be added to the list. Guests are not allowed on advanced hikes.
Early departure: If a hiker needs to leave the group for any reason before the end of the event, he/she must inform the event host. Not knowing a hiker's where about may prompt the event host to report a hiker's missing to proper authority for further actions.
No show: If you sign up for an event but did not show up, you will be removed from the next event you sign up.
No minor: Meetup user agreement and our liability waiver can not be agreed to by a minor. Therefore, you and your guest must be over 18 to participate in our events.
If you have prior medical condition or a family history of illnesses pertaining to heart, lungs, brain, etc. that can be aggravated by heat and physical exertion, this is not the group for you.
If you have never done a hike of this particular distance or difficulty before, this hike will likely be very difficult for you. It may well be your death march. The mountain is not going anywhere. We will schedule these events again in the future. Do it when your mind and body are ready.
Hiking is a recreation, not a suicide mission.
Release of Liability:
The organizer, co-organizer, assistant organizers and event organizers of this group are volunteers and are not professional guides. The function of the organizer is only to organize this group, and the function of the event host is only to organize events. Each person who signs up for a trip/hike/or outing is responsible for his or her own safety and the safety of his or her guests.
By signing up for an outing or any other event organized by US Hiking, you acknowledge that you are aware and have made your guests aware of the risks, dangers and hazards associated with any outdoor activity and freely accept and fully assume all such risks, dangers and hazards, and further agree to release and discharge US Hiking, its organizer, co-organizer, assistant organizers and event organizers from and against any and all liabilities arising from your and your guest's participation in the group activities.
US Hiking, its organizer, assistant organizers, event organizers are not responsible for any injuries or accidents that may occur carpooling to and from this event, or for any injuries or accidents incurred before, during, and after this event. If you sign up or participate in an event you acknowledge that you freely and voluntarily agree to assume all risks of injuries and damages arising from, as a result of and associated with this event.
In addition, you and your guests acknowledge that you agree to the Meetup terms of service especially paragraph 6.2:http://www.meetup.com/terms/