Suggested Travel & Outdoor Groups near California
San Jose Mid-Week Hikers Group
San Jose, CA
This group was started to accommodate hikers and outdoor enthusiasts who want to go on organized hikes during the week. Whether due to mid-week days off, flexible work schedules, retirement or kids in school, if you have days/time off during the week and want to get out and enjoy the wonderful hiking we have in the bay area, this is the group for you. All hiking levels are encouraged to join and we welcome members of other hiking groups in the area as well. We welcome feedback and suggested hikes from members and we keep our organized hikes to fairly small groups (less than 20). We try to schedule several hikes each week. Our Hiking adventures tend to be 4-10 miles in length with varied levels of elevation change. They last between two and six hours normally. Please do not be discouraged if you are new to hiking. You can start by picking a shorter, easier outing.
Bay Area Women's Midweek Hiking Group
We are a group of women who enjoy challenging weekday hikes in the San Francisco Bay Area. This is not a group for beginners. Some of us are retired or with kids off to college, some are stay at home moms with school-age kids, others have flexible work schedules or are in between jobs. Some are international visitors/visa holders/green card holders or dual citizenships. Regardless, we all have time during weekdays when the trails are empty and parking is a breeze! We mainly focus on peninsula, south bay, east bay, and coastal trails, but also plan excursions to Mt. Tam, Marin Headlands, and San Francisco urban hikes. **Most hikes are 6-10 miles and moderate to strenuous with significant elevation gain of 1000-2000 feet elevation. Sometimes we do exploratory hikes and some hikes can include some scrambles - please be sure to read the entire hike description so you know what you are signing up for in advance.** In order to keep to the planned schedule and keep the group moving, anyone unable to keep up will need to feel comfortable navigating their way back on their own. All members can schedule a hike or suggest a hike, and are encouraged to do so through the meetup app! Let me know if you have questions on how to do this. We throw in many dog-friendly hikes too! We enjoy each others company and believe that friendly conversation is as much part of a good hike as the beautiful views! If this sounds good, please come join us- we would love to meet you! **FAQ's** •***Can I bring my baby or toddler? Although we love kids, our hikes are not suitable for young children*** ***• Can I bring my dog? Sometimes! I will specify which hikes are dog friendly. If you are bringing a new dog, just tell us a little about him/her in the comment section*** **Please note that for safety reasons, we have a 3 hiker minimum requirement. Unless we have at least 3 hikers confirmed 2 hours before the start of the hike, the hike will be cancelled. Thanks for your understanding!**
Bay Area Hikers & Campers
San Carlos, CA
Hello hikers, campers and mountaineers! From solid day-hikes to multi-day adventures, this group is for intermediate to experienced outdoor enthusiasts that want to meet like-minded folk for advanced trips on and off the beaten path.
Events are generally scheduled on weekends. Most hikes involve 7+ miles and 1500+ feet in elevation gain at a pace of 2-3 miles per hour. For camping, we organize backpacking and car-camping outings (typically in combination with hikes) on weekends.
Group size for events will generally be small (6-18 participants) for safety reasons and to limit our impact on the trails. It also helps with moving efficiently.
In addition to getting a good workout, enjoying nature with friendly, fun and outdoorsy people is double the fun.
rules & etiquette:
If you want to join, your profile needs to include a picture of yourself (showing your face).
Sign up - Show up! Organizing an event is volunteer work that requires time to plan and participate. Especially since we are running events with smaller groups. Please be respectful of the organizer’s work and only sign up if you are planning to actually attend. Sure - stuff happens and work or other life events can through you a curve ball every now and then. If your plans change, please cancel your reservation ASAP. No shows and members that repeatedly cancel at the last minute can be waitlisted on future hikes.
By becoming a member and/or attending an event, you acknowledge you have fully read, understand, and agree to the legal disclaimer below:
Waiver of Liability and Disclaimers: Bay Area Hikers & Campers, Meetup group, website, its organizer(s), and crew (the "Organizers") assume no responsibility for you or your guests. If you choose to participate in any of the Organizers' events, you assume all responsibility for yourself and your guests, and agree not to hold the "Organizers" liable in any way.
Before attending any Bay Area Hikers & Campers event, you must agree that:
- you have read all rules and conditions applicable to the Event;
- the Event officially begins and ends at the location(s) designated by Bay Area Hikers & Campers. The Event does not include transportation, or transit to and from the Event, and you are personally responsible for all risks associated with any travel to and from the Event. Members may chose to organize their own carpooling. Some convenient carpooling locations may be suggested by the organizers but it is up to individuals to decide about their carpooling.
- this Agreement is intended to be as broad and inclusive as is permitted by law. If any provision or any part of any provision of this Agreement is held to be invalid or legally unenforceable for any reason, the remainder of this Agreement shall not be affected thereby and shall remain valid and fully enforceable.
- to the fullest extent allowed by law, you agree to WAIVE, DISCHARGE CLAIMS, AND RELEASE FROM LIABILITY the Organizers from any and all liability on account of, or in any way resulting from Injuries and Damages, even if caused by negligence of the Organizers, in any way connected with any Organizers' event. You further agree to HOLD HARMLESS the Organizers from any claims, damages, injuries or losses caused by your own negligence while a participant at any event. You understand and intend that this assumption of risk and release is binding upon your guests, passengers, heirs, executors, administrators and assigns, and includes any minors accompanying you at any of Organizers' events.
- You have read this document in its entirety and you freely and voluntarily assume all risks of such Injuries and Damages and notwithstanding such risks, you agree to participate in Organizers' event.
Please read before signing up for any event:
- The organizers are not professional guides or trained leaders and are not medically trained to handle emergencies. Please carry a personal medical emergency kit and any medications you need. Hiking and camping are inherently dangerous activities that can lead to serious injuries including but not limited to slip and fall injuries, fractures, rattlesnake bites, heat exhaustion, poison oak, ticks and frostbite. Always remember to let the event organizer know if you are straying from the group. Stay on the trail, never walk alone and use your own common sense.
- The "Organizers" cannot assure suitability of any trail to your specific abilities, nor can they assure your abilities are suitable for any of the trails / trips undertaken by the "Organizers".
- It is your responsibility to ensure that you are in good health and your gear is in good order before participating in a high intensity activity like this one. You're advised to carry everything you need for the activity, including water, first aid kit, any medicine you need, etc.
- You understand that participation will include a variety of hazards and dangers, foreseen or unforeseen. These hazards and dangers could result in personal injury, property damage, and death ("Injuries and Damages"). These hazards and dangers may include, but are not limited to, falling, falling objects, drowning, temperature exposure, equipment failure, improper use of equipment, inadequate or improper instruction or assistance, exposure to wild animals including poisonous animals, insects, debris, plants, unpredictable forces of nature, inclement weather, dehydration, unsanitary food or hydration.
Assumption of Risks: You, for yourself and for your guest participants, if any, ACKNOWLEDGE AND ASSUME the risks of the activity in which you will be participating, whether or not those risks are described above and whether they are inherent or otherwise. It is your responsibility to inform your guests of the potential risks, and you assume any and all liability for your guests. We recommend you have them read this entire disclaimer.
Release and Indemnity: To the fullest extent allowed by law, you, for yourself and for any of your guests, agree to WAIVE AND RELEASE FROM LIABILITY, the "Organizers" from any and all liability on account of, or in any way relating to, any loss you or your guests may suffer, including loss of or damage to property, personal injury and death in any way related to your enrollment in or participation in an activity of the "Organizers" group. You further agree to DEFEND, INDEMNIFY AND HOLD HARMLESS the "Organizers" from any claims, damages, injuries or losses either suffered by you or your guests or caused by any conduct while an enrollee or participant in an activity of the Meet Up Group. These agreements of release and indemnity include negligence of the "Organizers", but not gross negligence or intentionally wrongful behavior.
Photography / Video Release: Participant hereby grants to the Organizer, and / or its representatives, the right to take photographs / videos of Participant in connection with Participant’s participation in these Activities. Participant hereby authorizes the Organizer, and / or its representatives, to copyright, use, and publish the same in print and /or electronically. Participant hereby agrees that the Organizer, and / or its representative, may use such photographs of participant for any lawful purpose, including but not limited to publicity, illustration, advertising, and Web content.
Food Safety & Allergy Disclaimers:
- By participating in these events, you understand that any food items being made available at the event, be it shared by members, or prepared by third party vendors, or otherwise, are not necessarily prepared in commercial kitchens or spaces inspected by any government agency.
- By participating in these events, you assume all liability; specifically, you agree to not hold liable the Organizers or other participants for the cleanliness, suitability, freshness or safety of any food you may be offered or consume.
- Because members often share food at our events, or sometimes events are catered by third party vendors, or both, it cannot be guaranteed that every allergen in the food served will be identified and labeled either.
- The possibility that caterers or manufacturers of the foods members consume, bring, use or prepare at home could change the formulation at any time, without notice also exists. Customers concerned with food allergies must be aware of this risk. Attendees with life threatening food allergies who may need to use an epi-pen should be carrying their own. The Organizers are NOT trained to administer epi-pens and CANNOT provide or administer them.
- We cannot guarantee the absence of cross contamination in any food items shared by members or prepared by third party vendors, nor can we guaranty the safety or cleanliness of the ingredients as we do not prepare any of the food ourselves.
- The Organizers will not assume any liability for adverse reactions to foods consumed, or items one may come in contact with, while eating at any of the Organizers' events.
SPECIFIC WAIVER OF LIABILITY, ASSUMPTION OF RISK AND INDEMNITY AGREEMENT REGARDING FOOD AT ORGANIZERS' EVENTS
Bay Area Hikers & Campers is not a professional food distributor, caterer or preparer. You understand that even when best practices are followed, food preparation carries with it inherent risks that include but are not limited to health hazards resulting from improper transport, handling and storage, which are especially risky when holding this type of event in a remote location such as a camping site with no running water or electricity, in an outdoor setting which is in no way a professional and enclosed kitchen. In addition, you are aware that in a buffet style setting where members have access to the food tables and dishes, it is even harder to prevent food, utensil or cutlery contamination. You are also aware that other club members beside the Organizers may bring their own food and may offer to share it without the Organizers’ knowledge.
Waiver: Therefore, in consideration of being permitted to participate in any Bay Area Hikers & Campers event where food prepared, cooked, perishable or otherwise, are transported, further prepared, and consumed, you, for yourself, your heirs, guests, family members, personal representatives or assigns, agents, employees and affiliates, do hereby release, waive, discharge, and covenant not to sue the Organizers from liability from any and all claims resulting in personal injury, accidents or illnesses (including death), and property loss arising from, but not limited to, participation or food consumption at the Event.
Assumption of Risk: Participation in any Event carries with it certain inherent risks that cannot be eliminated regardless of the care taken to avoid injuries. The specific risks vary and can include but are not limited to cooking food thoroughly; separating and not cross contaminating foods; chilling or refrigerating food appropriately; cleaning foodstuffs, instruments and hands used in and for food preparation; fire or gas hazards.
INDEMNIFICATION AND HOLD HARMLESS: You agree to INDEMNIFY AND HOLD HARMLESS the Organizers from any, and all, claims, actions, suits, procedures, costs, expenses, damages and liabilities, including attorney’s fees brought as a result of any involvement in Event, whether brought by you, your company or its agents or employees, or other third parties, and to reimburse the indemnities for any such expenses incurred.
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF UNDERSTANDING: You have read this waiver of liability, assumption of risk, and indemnity agreement, fully understand its terms, and understand that you are giving up substantial rights, including any right to sue. You acknowledge that participation in the event requires you agree to these terms and that you are doing so freely and voluntarily, are over the age of 18, and intend by your participation to be a complete and unconditional release of all liability to the greatest extent allowed by law.
COVID-19 Liability Release Waiver
The World Health Organization has declared the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) a worldwide pandemic. Due to its capacity to transmit from person-to-person through respiratory droplets, the government has set recommendations, guidelines, and some prohibitions which Bay Area Hikers & Campers (the "Organization") adheres to comply.
a- In consideration of my participation in the foregoing, the undersigned acknowledge and agree to the following:
1- I am aware of the existence of the risk on my physical appearance to the venue and my participation to the activity of the Organization that may cause injury or illness such as, but not limited to Influenza, MRSA, or COVID-19 that may lead to paralysis or death.
2- I have not experienced symptoms that of fever, fatigue, difficulty in breathing, or dry cough or exhibiting any other symptoms relating to COVID-19 or any communicable disease within the last 14 days.
3- I have not, nor any member(s) of my household, traveled by sea or by air, internationally within the past 30 days.
4- I did not, nor any member of my household, visit any area within the United States that was reported to be highly affected by COVID-19, in the last 14 days.
5- I have not been, nor any member(s) of my household, diagnosed to be infected of COVID-19 virus within the last 14 days.
b- Following the pronouncements above I hereby declare the following:
1- I am fully and personally responsible for my own safety and actions while and during may participation and I recognize that I may be in any case be at risk of contracting COVID-19.
2- With full knowledge of the risks involved, I hereby release, waive, discharge the Organization, its board, officers, independent contractors, affiliates, employees, representatives, successors, and assigns from any and all liabilities, claims, demands, actions, and causes of action whatsoever, directly or indirectly arising out of or related to any loss, damage, injury, or death, that may be sustained by me related to COVID-19 while participating in any activity while in, on, or around the premises or while using the facilities that may lead to unintentional exposure or harm due to COVID-19.
3- I agree to indemnify, defend, and hold harmless the Organization from and against any, and all, costs, expenses, damages, lawsuits, and/or liabilities or claims arising whether directly or indirectly from or related to any and all claims made by or against any of the released party due to injury, loss, or death from or related to COVID-19.
c- By signing below I acknowledge that I have read the foregoing Liability Release Waiver and understand its contents; that I am at least eighteen (18) years old and fully competent to give my consent; That I have been sufficiently informed of the risks involved and give my voluntary consent in signing this Liability Release Waiver as my own free act and deed with full intention to be bound by the same, and free from any inducement or representation.
This waiver will remain effective until laws and mandates relevant to COVID-19 are lifted.
South Bay Indoor / Outdoor Activities Group (SBIO)
Events are now in-person. Let's stay safe-- wear masks when possible and follow safety precautions. We're a fun & friendly group that enjoys a variety of activities. We have regular meetups for going to the beach, hiking, bowling, tennis, volunteering. There are also meetups for softball, working-out, house parties, dancing, happy hours, ice skating, movie nights, kickball, game nights, volleyball, frisbee, eating out, the list goes on and on! Everyone strives to be friendly and welcoming at our events, so you'll have a lot of fun when you come out for an activity. See you out there! In the spirit of fun and friendship, Please behave respectfully and kindly to each member. Please do not contact other members you have not met or if they do not want you to contact them. You will be subjected to removal. Attendance Policy: With your RSVP, please make every effort to make it. Last minute cancellations and no-shows are not permitted. We ask you do make every effort to make events as we want our events to be as fun and attending as possible! Disclaimer: The events listed are opportunities for members to participate and socialize with other people. A “yes” rsvp means you understand and agree that you and your guests are solely responsible for your own choices, actions, conduct and safety in regards to all possible hazards and inherent risks, including COVID-19, associated with participating in SBIO activities and meeting new people. By attending our events, you agree to not hold any organizers or hosts liable. The hosts or organizers are just present to facilitate or coordinate. We welcome anyone to be an Event Organizer. If you are interested, please send a private message to Jay.
California Native Plant Society - Santa Clara Valley Chapter
Palo Alto, CA
This group is for anyone interested in California native plants. We have activities for everyone -- whether you enjoy hiking, gardening, photography or in other ways learning about California native plants, this is the group for you. We have volunteer and restoration projects opportunities in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties. Please join us!
The California Native Plant Society (CNPS) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the understanding and appreciation of California's native plants and how to conserve them and their natural habitats through education, science, advocacy, horticulture, and land stewardship. The Santa Clara Valley Chapter of CNPS covers Santa Clara County and southern San Mateo County. For more information about our organization visit www.cnps-scv.org. If you're not a current member of the California Native Plant Society, please consider joining: https://www.cnps.org/membership
International Travel Group
This is a group for anyone interested in traveling or settling in Australia. Everyone is welcome and we host an open discussion for what we're all interested in doing as we wish to travel abroad. The main purpose of forming this group is for us all to share information about Australia. We plan to form a travel group and package to go to Australia as well as get discounts on transportation, hotels, activities, restaurants, and much more. Australians will also be joining this group and once we travel, they will be guiding us for a great experience.
We hope to one day get a group of people together and hop on a plane and live out our travel dreams!
Castro Valley, CA
We are a group of casual and social recreational hikers that meet for weekend half day hikes (and a few mid-week hikes) where we live, work and play, in the beautiful hills of the San Francisco Bay Area! Special urban hikes in San Francisco are also be featured. Come and enjoy some fun hikes with us and meet other active people with many common interests. Friendly dogs are welcome to join us for on many of our hikes.
All liability questions must be answered with, "Yes." for your acceptance into the group.
HIKERS PLEASE NOTE :
The majority of the hikes that are currently posted are rated MODERATE DIFFICULTY - occasionally we will post some easier and sometimes if the group requests , some a little harder , maybe longer . By signing up to hike / attend our weekly hiking events you should have some Hiking experience with being able to keep up with the group (22-25 min per mile) . In order to finish the hike in the described time allotted , Please Note : It is not our intention to hike the pace of the slowest hiker . Out of respect for other hikers and their experience, please understand your own physical ability and select hikes that are within your comfort range ! The Organizers wish to remind all members of this group that we are merely hike planners and have discovered some interesting trails in the East Bay Hills to share with other like minded outdoor enthusiasts.
5-7 mile day hikes each weekend; an occasional longer one for the challenge. Hikers with a spirit for outdoor adventure and those seeking a weekend workout are encouraged to stop by and check us out !
East Bay Ramblers
Welcome to East Bay Ramblers! This group is all about hiking for fun and fitness. We hike on weekday mornings...and also on weekends. If you love to hike, this is the group for you!
Some things you should know about the group:
• Hikes will normally be in the 4 - 10 mile range.
• We average a speed of 2.5 - 3.0 mph.
• Each hike posted will indicate the length and difficulty you can expect. Please be considerate of other’s time and only sign up for hikes within your physical ability that you can complete within the time allotted.
• Please RSVP to events only if you plan on attending. Be sure to update your RSVP if your attendance plans change, and avoid last-minute changes whenever possible.
• We wait at trail junctions to keep the group together, but as soon as stragglers are within sight the group will start off.
• There will be hills! You will need to be comfortable walking up and down steep hills.
• Most hikes are held in our beautiful East Bay Regional Parks with some excursions into State Parks and water district properties such as EBMUD and CCWD. We also occasionally organize urban hikes and trips to other regional park systems.
• Some hikes, but not all, will be DOG FRIENDLY and allow off-leash hiking. Some hikes will be on-leash and some will not allow dogs at all. Each hike will be clearly marked as either Dogs Off-leash, Dogs On-leash, or No Dogs.
• We are not professional hike leaders and don't have first-aid training. Participants must be responsible for their own safety and well-being.
This is a very social group. We like to talk, laugh, and enjoy ourselves while getting our exercise out on the trail. In the Bay Area we are incredibly lucky to be surrounded by hundreds of thousands of acres of open space filled with hiking trails. Join us as we explore and meet new friends!
PLEASE READ LIABILITY DISCLAIMER:
By joining East Bay Ramblers you agree to the following:
1. I acknowledge that the group organizer and assistant organizers for this group are NOT guides or trip leaders. We have no training or qualifications as guides or trip leaders. East BayHiking Meetup is a social group for organizing hikes. All hikers are responsible for themselves, their dog(s), their guest(s) and any event that occurs to or because of them.
2. I agree to abide by the rules of the park where the hike is held.
3. I acknowledge that I and other participants may be engaging in activities that involve risk of serious injury to me, my dog(s) and/or guests, or someone outside of the group or some other animal, including permanent disability and death. I understand that these risks may be increased through my own actions, or through the negligent action or inaction of East Bay Ramblers’ participants, its members or other representatives. If I bring/invite a guest who has not released liability through the meetup group, I agree that I am solely responsible for their and or their dog(s) including their actions and safety. It is highly recommended that each participant sign up for an event through the meetup site.
4. I hereby RELEASE and DISCHARGE from liability East Bay Ramblers, the group organizer and hike organizers, their officers, members/other participants, sponsors, and employees; and owners and lessors of facilities used by East Bay Ramblers, from any and all liability claims, demands or causes of action that you now have or may have in the future, for injuries, damages, death and/or economic loss of any kind or nature, arising in whole or part out of the activities advice or information contained herein, even if caused in whole or in part by their negligence.
5. California Civil Code section 1542 states; “A general release does not extend to claims which the creditor does not know or suspect to exist in his favor at the time of executing the release, which if known by him must have materially affected his settlement with the debtor.” I specifically waive the terms of that section, and agree to Release claims that I may not yet know of, or which may be based on events that have not yet occurred.
6. If I am allowing children under the age of 18 or any guest, to participate in this hike, I agree on their behalf to the terms of this Release. I agree that if, notwithstanding this Release, I, the minor, or anyone on the minor’s behalf, or my guest, makes a claim against any of the persons or entities Released, I will indemnify those persons and entities and hold them harmless against all expenses, damage or costs, including attorneys fees, arising out of that claim.
7. You further agree that if you or someone under your supervision uses the information on this website you assume all risks of injury, damage, and economic loss, without limitation, and release providers from all liability therefore.
8. Organizers choose locations and routes, but it is up to you to decide whether the event is appropriate for you to attend. Ultimately you are responsible for your own safety.
I HAVE READ THE East Bay Ramblers LIABILITY DISCLAIMER AND WILL ABIDE BY ALL RULES AND POLICIES AND FULLY UNDERSTAND THAT I ASSUME ALL RISKS FOR ANY INJURIES RECEIVED AND AGREE TO ACCEPT FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY.
Hiking Mt. Tamalpais with a Guide
San Francisco, CA
We'll be hiking in the most spectacular settings for the season. We'll hike in the shade if too hot and in the sun if chilly. Try to find the fog when the temps rise. Have lunch with a spectacular view and out of the wind. Hopefully with picnic tables and restrooms. Safety is always my #1 priority. I will be as aware as I can of any danger. But I am not responsible for your safety. As adults you are responsible for your own personal safety and the all decisions you make in that regard. Liability Disclaimer: The organizer of this meet-up is not operating a business. All participants agree to assume 100% responsibility for their own safety, conduct, and well-being and recognize that possible hazards exist while participating in outdoor activities, and agree to participate solely at their own risk. If you RSVP “Yes” and/or attend any event, it shall be conclusively presumed that you understand and agree to this policy. These are rough times, but take heart and sign-up. Dream of the good times ahead. *[Look at some of the over 3000 photos](https://www.meetup.com/Hikes-and-Tours-of-Wonderful-Places-in-the-SF-Bay-Area/photos/)* and picture yourself right there. I know a lot of us are very cautious about getting together in groups of any kind, anywhere. But this will end, stay in shape and look ahead to better days, sign-up for some hikes in the future while you are here. The group is for walkers and hikers who love to be immersed in the gorgeous, special places California offers. And while in that immersion, connect not only emotionally to these places, but learn about the natural science and human history of the locations. And to do this with kindness, patience and open heartedly. And best of all to make friends with those we get to know. But the reality of managing a Meetup group is hard work. It has to be done carefully. Good judgement and basic people managing skills are needed. Around the world about roughly, 50% of those signing up for an Event, will actually show up. It's the organizers job to skillfully lessen that percentage. Some theories have it that the less lead time you give members for an Event, the less likely they are to forget they RSVPed? The theory being forgetting they RSVPed is the the main reason for no-shows? That theory seems a little non-sensible to me. I tell frequent no-showers to not bothering to RSVP anymore and just show-up and surprise us! When you compare Meetup to the social clubs of the past. Ski Clubs, Swim Clubs, Yachting Clubs, Country Clubs, Sierra Club, American Youth Hostels etc. Meetup is just Club Lite. Committing in a very personal relationship is a challenge for many. Is the same thing happening here in broader social relationships? Maybe keeping it lite is a way of compartmentalizing, keeping safe emotional boundaries. If friendships develop it will happen over the long term when an amount of certainty has developed? I guess? I prefer guiding small group hikes, ideally of less than seven people. But it is hard to manage meetups and actually control the numbers that will appear at the start of a meetup hike. The small groups foster relaxing, calming, mindfulness and meditation. If your work or life situation is totally stressing you out and you need to talk a great deal to strangers about all sorts of things, look for the Forest Bathing and Ocean Bathing (at Duxbury Reef) hikes that have as a goal reaching a meditative state of mind. I've been leading hikes on Mt.Tam since 1995. So I know most of the areas very well. And also what to look for and when. I also love doing architectural tours of areas of Berkeley, the UC Campus, Albany and El Cerrito. These are very doable hikes for everyone who can hike. If you can manage walking up some very steep hills, can maintain your balance on very rocky, root covered uneven surfaces and have the stamina to walk about five miles you'll do fine. I think the best thing is to have a routine where you are walking everyday including going on these hikes. Please let me know if I can answer any questions, as far as getting started? If the above concerns you let me say this. You have to start somewhere. Walking is very gentle. Come do as much as you can and then come again and do a little more. If you have to stop and go back to your car, just be aware of the return route. There is so much to gain don't let negative concerns stop you. (During the Pandemic we will abide by the public health guidelines necessary to protect the health of participants.) We will continue to hike, wear masks and stay at a safe distance from one another .Who is harmed if people choose to hike? We've been hiking since this started and no one I know has been adversely affected by the hikes. What is lost if we stop? I know the answer and it is not good, that's for sure. The cost of living in the Bay Area is very high. We all have to work, or have had to work, very hard, to afford to live here. One of the mitigating factors is the openness to diversity found here. One aspect of life here we can control is how we access one of the most beautiful outdoor recreation areas in the whole country. Not only our landscapes and bio-diversity but the weather to allow us to get outside 24/365. With the above said, utilize our amazing outdoors to forget about work and worries or the ravages of age and everyday cares and achieve a relaxed state of mind and body to the greatest extent you can. That's the goal of this Meetup and has been my personal goal for over twenty-six years of spending as much time outdoors as I can. I'm never disappointed by this local outdoor experience. As well as the socializing, potential new friends met. Resulting in fulfillment of another vital need, maintaining our emotional well being and staying mentally healthy as well. The bang for the effort put in, always outweighs the driving time effort and the trade-offs, versus something else I could be doing. Not only the intrinsic benefit of being out in nature. The physical/aerobic and muscle toning exercise is vital to our long term health. Regular outdoor hiking is a totally sustainable program of the healthiest, safest use of recreation time and a very affordable venue. The natural qualities found in the nature of Mt.Tam are unmatched by any other urban recreational area in the country. Make the best utilization of what is offered there. It seems many have the impression that to have a fulfilling outdoor experience something very special must be witnessed, via thrill seeking. The lure of a waterfall, spectacular views, sunsets, the full moonrise, the very peak of the wildflower bloom, some sort of special outdoor event, an unusual snowfall here, the height of fall foliage, mushrooms in profusion or some other unusual or rare occurrence must be sought to get the bang the effort requires. Don't get me wrong the above are all fabulous. But they do not result in your having a sustainable, regular program for good health, well being, relaxation and fitness. And the great fallacy is, yes the above are great, but a plain, old regular hike on Mt.Tam, once or twice a week is so fulfilling all by itself. In this manner you can add a new, way of a way of life experience. Not just hit or miss thrill seeking, but a way of life that results in sustainable, ongoing happiness and health.
The Monterey Bay Area Hiking Group
The Monterey Bay Area Hiking Group is for people who enjoy hiking, being outdoors and socializing. We explore many areas throughout the Monterey Peninsula, BigSur/ Ventana Wilderness, and Santa Cruz Mountains. On occasion, we will offer events out of the area. Hikes are generally for most levels; from 4 mile hikes with minimal elevation gain to 20 mile expeditions with significant elevation gain. Hikes may be scheduled on any day of the week and usually last between 3-5 hours. For those interested in multi-day activities, there will be some car camping or backpacking trips.
Please be advised that we are not a walking group and therefore do not expect to see many short hikes (less than 3 miles) over level terrain . Please match the hike to your skill level.
Please join us for our next hike!
Disclaimer: The Organizers are not professional guides and do not have certified training nor insurance. As you are aware, inherent hazards and risks are associated with hiking and all other physical activity. You are responsible for your own safety and health. The individual hike Organizer is not in charge of this hike, but simply going on a hike and inviting others to join.
As you join, please read the "About" information under the heading "Pages" on the menu at the top of the Home page.
San Ramon Hiking Meetup
San Ramon, CA
If you're looking to build community in the new year with like minded people looking to stay active and engaged with their community then this is the place! We can start our hikes locally then take day trips to more challenging, exciting hiking locations.
Don't forgot to register for the San Ramon Trails Challenge and receive a FREE Trails Challenge T-shirt while supplies last. Visit www.sanramon.ca.gov/srtrails for more challenge information.
Educational Hikes, Learning from Nature
If you are interested in Hiking but want to walk away with more than just exercise, but learning about Oaks, Plants, Animals, Nature...etc. Giving you not only a deeper outlook on life but bigger empowered to Love Nature even more. Well, come along. Hikes will range from mostly easy, moderate, and a few advanced. I welcome all levels of hiking were not here to race in this group but to learn through nature with lots of stops on the way.
North Bay 50+ Nature and Outdoors
San Rafael, CA
This is an inclusive group for 50+ people of all backgrounds. All are welcome! Focused on nature appreciation, we walk at a leisurely pace and take breaks to smell the flowers, listen to birds, check out views, and take photos. We don't hike fast. Join us if you're interested in hiking, wildflowers, birdwatching, natural history, geology, outdoor photography, nature-themed lectures and documentaries, etc. Based in Marin and Sonoma County, we occasionally explore other locales as well. Join us!
South Bay Outdoor Adventures
Welcome fellow outdoor adventurers! This group is targeted for folks who are interested in South Bay weekend hikes or bicycle rides (Coe, Mt Madonna) with occasional mid-week hikes, as well as expanding to other parts of the Bay Area and Sierra. There will be snowshoeing and cross country skiing trips once or twice a year as well.
Bay Area - Hike On!
Pleasant Hill, CA
Anyone interested in a fun social hiking experience, should consider joining our friendly group. The hikes are mostly moderate in difficulty, though more challenging hikes (and some easy) are often posted (and identified as such). The hikes are usually 6 to 10 miles in length (3 to 5 hours) in the San Francisco Bay Area, primarily in the East Bay (e.g. Walnut Creek, Oakland, Berkeley, Castro Valley, Antioch). We hike as a group at a moderate 20 to 23 minute pace, stopping intermittently to keep the group together. Dogs are welcome on most of our hikes where the parks/trails permit.
The Bay Area has a number of incredibly beautiful regional and state parks. Joining a group such as ours is the best way to be introduced to the diverse outdoor adventures available in our wonderful area. There is no cost to join the group or attend the hikes. I do request you post a recognizable picture of yourself.
South Bay Ramblers Hiking Group
San Jose, CA
THIS MEETUP IS CURRENTLY CLOSED TO NEW MEMBERS. Our hikes are for adults only and no dogs please (thank you for your understanding). The South Bay Ramblers is a Bay Area hiking group that was formed in the South Bay with the goal of gathering people together to have fun, while getting plenty of exercise and making new friends. The South Bay Ramblers Hiking Group has been in existence since 2005 and we have been offering community hikes at least twice monthly since that time. Information about some of our past hikes and events can also be found on the South Bay Ramblers Blog or on Instagram at SouthBayRambles.
Our hikes generally cover six to ten miles and can be fairly strenuous. Our group has many wonderful organizers who are avid hikers who post regular hikes on our schedule. RSVPs open two weeks prior to the scheduled hike. We welcome and encourage all our members to help us lead hikes for the group.
Our hikes frequent the local Santa Clara County Parks, Open Space Preserves and Santa Cruz Mountains. Occasionally, we venture to Marin or the East Bay and sometimes organize other fun outings such as kayaking, day trips to places like Pinnacles, Ano Nuevo State Park, Redwood Zip Lines and other local attractions.
We have a mandatory $12 membership dues to cut down on non-participation and to assist us in the cost of running our meet-up site, paying for essentials at our picnic and other events and the time and effort involved in running an active group. If you would like to lead at least one hike a year, or help in planning hikes/events, your membership dues can be waived.
Please read our Hiking Disclaimer before joining the South Bay Ramblers Hiking Group. By joining this group, you agree to all the terms and conditions of this waiver. We also recommend you explore our About page to discover a little more about how we run our group.
The Golden Gate Hiking Group
South San Francisco, CA
Bay area is home of hundreds parks, open spaces and wilderness areas. We won't be limited by North Bay and will hike in Peninsula, South Bay, and East Bay. We prefer moderate hikes 8-15 miles
Our goal: explore new places, enjoy nature and meet new people.
We all benefit through the wealth of open-access trails. Each time we adventure outside we recognize the trail system was put in place by volunteers and needs maintenance. Volunteering to maintain the trail system and keeping the trails clean is the minimum we can do in return.
We hike as a group, make sure members do not get left behind on our hikes. Please advise the group leader if you are a beginner or first timer.
See you on the Trails!
Casual Hikers of the East Bay
Casual Hikers of the East Bay is a slower paced group for those who want to get active, have fun, and meet like-minded people. We prefer to move at a more relaxed pace, eat snacks, and soak in the beautiful views of nature. Also, not waking up at the ass-crack of dawn is a plus!
There are so many amazing hiking groups out here with some amazing people, but many of the hikes are way out of our fitness range. This group is especially for those who want to experience the outdoors within the safety of a pack. Whether you're new to hiking or a wilderness expert, there's something here for everyone.
We welcome you to join our group with the understanding that fitness and sports activities are dangerous, and can result in injury or death. By joining our group and participating in our events, you agree to hold the organizers, event hosts, and members harmless from any loss, damage, or liability that may occur during the event or in transit to/from the event.
We're all about new adventures, so if you have any ideas please suggest them! And despite our dislike of suffocating rules, we do have a few that are important to make sure that everyone feels included and stays safe, so be sure to check them out here before joining.
When you attend group events，Implied consent is assumed that you're okay with being photographed without explicit written or oral permission. In case you don't want to be photographed，please feel free to let people know about.