US Hiking is the premier volunteer hiking organization in the United States. We organize hikes to many of the most beautiful and iconic locations around the country.
We promote hiking as a tool to improve physical and mental fitness because hiking is a process of overcoming challenges. To hike up a mountain is to conquer one's physical and mental limitation. We believe hiking could be a process to discover ourselves and to push the boundaries of our potential.
Our goal is to educate and train a new generation of hikers who are physically fit, mentally strong, and confident to face life's challenges.
US Hiking currently has 4 chapters: Los Angeles, Bay Area, Monterey and Orange County, serving over 5,500 members. During hiking season, nearly 100 new members join our group every week, making US Hiking the fastest growing hiking group in the U.S.
Join us today, and help us spread the message of self-empowerment through hiking.
To lift people up through hiking.
On our hikes, the hike leader is the host, and hikers are guests. All socially appropriate behavior and etiquette must be observed.
From signing up for a hike through its conclusion, you will learn about the trail system, weather, terrain, geological formation, flora and fauna of that particular locality. Your hike leaders will advise you what to bring and how to prepare for the event. From them, you will learn skills necessary to complete hikes starting at difficulty level of 1 and gradually advancing to the extremely strenuous level 10 hikes.
If you are diligent, and we hope you are, you will see your body and your physical and mental fitness transform in front of your eyes. In as little as 3 months, you will notice a positive change. In 6 months, you will be much stronger, physically fit, and more positive and confident. Over time, a new person will emerge through the process of self-discovery through hiking.
We offer two types of membership: Trail Member and Sustaining Member. Trail members can participate in all of our local hikes and do not need to pay any membership dues. However, only sustaining members can RSVP out-of-town hikes, including Yosemite, Zion, Joshua Tree, Whitney, White Mountain, etc. Sustaining membership dues are $ 25 annually.
Money raised from the dues will be used to pay for program and support services. None of it will be paid to the Board of Directors, organizer, co-organizers, assistant organizers and event organizers. They will continue to serve our membership as volunteers.
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 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 screened before his/her name is added to the list. Therefore, interested hikers 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 whereabouts may prompt the event host to report a hiker as missing to proper authority for further action.
No show: If you sign up for an event but do not show up, you will be removed from the next event you sign up.
No minors: Meetup user agreement and our liability waiver cannot be agreed to by a minor. Therefore, you and your guest must be 18 years of age to participate in our events.
No drugs: Zero tolerance for any illegal drug use.
If you have a prior medical condition or a family history of illnesses pertaining to heart, lungs, brain, etc. that can be aggravated by heat or physical exertion, this is not the group for you.
If you have never completed a hike of a particular distance or difficulty before, then a similar hike with US Hiking 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-organizers, assistant organizers, event organizers and Board of Directors of US Hiking are volunteers and are not professional guides. The function of the organizer is to organize this group, and the function of the event host is 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 event or outing 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, event organizers and Board of Directors from and against any and all liabilities arising from your and your guest's participation in the group activities.
US Hiking, its organizer, co-organizers, assistant organizers, event organizers and Board of Directors are not responsible for any injuries or accidents that may occur carpooling to and from the event, or for any injuries or accidents incurred before, during, and after the event. If you sign up or participate in an event or outing you acknowledge that you freely and voluntarily agree to assume all risks of injury and damages arising from and as a result of your association with this event or outing.
In addition, you and your guests acknowledge that you agree to the Meetup terms of service especially paragraph 6.2:http://www.meetup.com...
All 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 .