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The Bay Area Women's Hiking Group is a place for women to meet, inspire each other and experience nature in the company of other women. Our hikes create a fun, welcoming and comfortable dynamic and explore the stunning diversity of trails we are so lucky to have in the Bay Area. Our groups stay small so we connect with other each other; we generally have 8-15 hikers and never more than 25 on a hike. Join us, we love good hikes and good company!

We have several levels of hikes, from Easy to Strenuous ++ Most of our hikes are 5-12 miles and Moderate-Strenuous +. Please see which level fits your fitness level: HERE (https://www.meetup.com/Bay-Area-Womens-Hiking-Group/pages/11450582/Hike_Level_of_Difficulty_Rating/).

Please note that the (+) and (++) after a descriptor indicates is part of the level descriptor.

On our hikes, we keep a pace of 2.5-3 mph. We have time for pictures on the trails but we do ask that you be aware of your fitness level and considerate of the time so you and the group have a good experience and complete within the time allotted.

For most hikes, you will need:

• Sturdy hiking boots, waterproof if you have them.

• Layers and/or long pants

• At least 2 liters of water

• Substantial snack

• Poles recommended if you have them

Please be a self-sufficient hiker (https://www.meetup.com/Bay-Area-Womens-Hiking-Group/pages/11450662/How_to_be_a_*self-sufficient*_hiker/) and adhere to the Buddy System (https://www.meetup.com/Bay-Area-Womens-Hiking-Group/pages/11470552/Buddy_System_and_Mile_1_Check-in_Procedures/) on the trails.

ATTENDANCE:
Please be respectful of the organizer and group. No-shows are not OK. While we understand life can happen, we request that you update your attendance ASAP and at least 48-72 hours in advance as a courtesy to the organizer and the group if your plans change. If you are a no-show more than 3 times without at least letting the organizer/s know, you may be removed from the group. We put a lot of work into organizing our hikes and ask for your consideration in return.

GUESTS:
Guests of our members are generally welcome when we have room for them. Please DM the organizer for approval and make sure the guest has seen the trail description and meeting place & we will be happy to meet them! As we are a women's hiking group, all guests need to be female and age 18 and up.

DOGS:
Some of our hikes welcome a limited amount of friendly, well-socialized dogs, some do NOT. Please read each post to see if dogs are allowed. If they can, it is per hike (not per park). If dogs are allowed, you must abide by the organizer's dog rules and let them know they are coming ahead of time.

LEGAL DISCLAIMER:

By joining us for any event you hereby RELEASE and DISCHARGE our organizers, hosts and participants from any and all liability, claims, demands or causes of action arising in whole or in part out of our events. Joining the hikes with Bay Area Women's Hiking Group is entirely voluntary. Participants signing up for an event fully understand 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 the Organizer, Co-Organizers, Assistant Organizers, and Event Organizers of the Bay Area Women's Hiking Group from and against any and all liability arising from your participation in the group activities. Each person who signs up for an event is responsible for their own safety. It is advisable to consult a doctor before you begin any strenuous physical activity. The organizer is not trained for emergency medical procedures and no doctors, nurses or ambulances are provided on the hikes.

It is each hiker's responsibility to ensure that they are sufficiently prepared, fit and healthy to participate in the event. You are expected to bring sufficient water, food, and appropriate clothing, as well as first aid and any other necessary equipment. Hike organizers make no warranties about the quality, safety, or supervision of these activities. By signing on to an event, you agree to discharge all organizers, assistant organizers, event organizers, other hikers and volunteers from any liability on the activity and/or the information on this website and you assume all risks of injury, damage, and economic loss, without limitation, and release providers from all liability therefore. It is advisable to consult a doctor before you begin any strenuous physical activity.

The Organizers in this group are volunteers. Our Organizers are neither professional guides nor do they have special training or qualifications. The organizer is not trained for emergency medical procedures and no doctors, nurses or ambulances are provided on the hikes. The sole role of the organizer is to organize the event. Think of them as friends hiking in a group with you. They are not responsible for your safety or actions or anyone else’s. They are not responsible for any incident during the event. They are not responsible for carpool arrangements to the Meetups, or for incidents during carpools. Each person who signs up for an event is responsible for their own safety.

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