Suggested Travel & Outdoor Groups near California
Hiking and Happy Hour in Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz, CA
We are a group of people who live in the Santa Cruz area and share a love of Hiking and Happy Hour.
We meet on weekday evenings for happy hour to discuss past and future hiking and camping adventures.
Our weekend hikes are usually in the 8-15 mile range.
We occasionally plan other outdoor activities such as; bonfires, bbq's, camping etc.
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 Hiking, Walking, Wellness Club
Palo Alto, CA
Welcome Bay Area Hiking, Walking, Wellness Club and outdoors workout lovers far and wide! Our Club is for people who practice a healthy lifestyle and have a positive mindset. We are all about wellness, health and good energy. If you exercise regularly, enjoy outdoor workouts, and are able to hike/walk 5-8 miles without any health issues (please consult with your personal physician), then come join us. Our Club events have a very positive impact on people's lives, people meet, fall in love💘 meet new friends, better health, less stress, anxiety, depression, isolate being alone and got extra bonus for LOVE 💞 Because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we are currently following CDC guidelines and protocol. [https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/prevention.html](https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/prevention.html) And most importantly, if you are actively coughing, sneezing or feel sick, please wait until you are better to join us. We want all of you to feel safe and be well. We are so lucky to live in the south bay area, where shaded tall tree forests, mountain trails with amazing views and beautiful sunset beach walks, are all nearby. We would love to hear your suggestions for new beautiful areas to explore together. How Hiking Is Good for Body and Mind: [https://www.webmd.com/fitness-exercise/features/hiking-body-mind](https://www.webmd.com/fitness-exercise/features/hiking-body-mind) In general, we host events mostly in the late morning, afternoon and evenings, so you can get your beauty sleep and get your work done early, giving you options to fit your personal schedule. We’ll find most hiking and walking places under big tall trees or shaded, open space, amazing reviews in country parks without getting sunburns or too much sun exposure, at beaches with fresh ocean air or fresh ocean breeze, and beautiful sunsets. If you would like to reunite with old friends or meet new people, while exercising outdoors, come join us. We look forward to meeting you, walking, hiking with you and making good memories together! \*Note: While the event will always remain free to attend, it does take time and money to make it happen, so if you feel like chipping in, donation and contribution would be greatly appreciated. To support/keep our group alive and active, You can help! Dr.Heidi kindly asks for a voluntary donation, to help keep things going. And a special Thanks to everyone who has already chipped in/helped/contributed. Any amount would be greatly appreciated, accept cash in person or Venmo any time: [https://venmo.com/HealingSea](https://venmo.com/HealingSea) Your contribution will help us cover our costs and make our Meetups going even better. People come to meetup events for free and they don't know that I have to pay meetup and other fees as an organizer to host events and spend a lot of time researching places and making sure that events run smoothly with no issues. When you attend our 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. Professional service available in my office: ❤️ American Heart Association (AHA) BLS-CPR, Heartsaver CPR, First Aid courses Book appointment online: https://visibook.com/ahacprfirstaid You will get 2 Certificates from AHA good for 2 years after you finish the course ☯️ Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine for Pain, Infertility, Anti-Aging, Beauty, Stress and Emotional Balance. Available Book appointment online: https://visibook.com/healingsea
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! You can also join our Facebook page, where we post interesting articles, photos, and ideas for our next new trail.
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!
•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!
Santa Cruz/Monterey Bay Hiking & More!
Santa Cruz, CA
New group description as of August 2019:
Formerly known as the "Capitola-Aptos Hiking" group, this group has expanded and now includes many activities in addition to hiking. While events will generally be located in the Santa Cruz and Monterey Bay areas, we'll go further afield for some activities. Hikes will vary from easy to more difficult (read the descriptions!) and be on the weekends with occasional mid-week or evening hikes. In addition to hiking, we'll have dinners, bowling, Giants games, winter skiing, etc. (the "& more"!)
I encourage members to message me with ideas. I am also looking for additional event hosts.
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.
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.
She Explores - Adventures for Fun, Fit, Like-Minded Women
We are a group of fun, fit women who like to get together and explore the Bay Area together! We host a lot of hikes, trail runs, mountain biking rides & indoor climbing. We have monthly day trips to explore outside the Bay and do things like kayaking or skiing. We also have quarterly retreats further away like Yosemite & Utah. We pick a few BrazenRacing & local Races to participate in together as well. This group is all about being with a community of women who love to get out and explore. Positive mindset required! She Explores is about fun, fit women encouraging, inspiring & growing together through epic outdoor adventures. We believe that the greatest view comes from the hardest climb—and that our lives are richer & our friendships deeper through each endeavor. We are grounded by movement & sweat in nature. At the same time, we feel liberated & free with sun on our face & wind in our hair. Grateful for each opportunity we have together, we are reminded that we are beautiful, strong, capable & loved. \-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\- Legal Disclaimer: The organizer, assistant organizers, event organizers and event hosts in this group are not professional guides. The function of the organizer is only to organize the trip. each person who signs up for a trip/meetup/ or outing is responsible for his or her own safety and the safety of his or her guests and property. By signing up for a hike, or any other event organized by this group, you are acknowledging 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 the organizer, assistant organizers, event organizers and event hosts of this Meetup group from and against any and all liability arising from your and your guest's participation in the group activities. Our hike organizers are not responsible for your safety, these are always “Hike at your Own Risk” events. \-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\- Activity Waiver Release Indemnification Agreement Releases of Liability, Waiver of Claims, Indemnification & Binding Arbitration Agreement and Assumption of Risk by signing the Participant is giving up certain rights, including the right to sue. In consideration for being allowed to participate in Guided Hiking and other Activities provided by She Explores, the Participant(s) or Participants legal guardians (if minor), do agree to the fullest extent of the Law allowed the Following: 1\. I Waive all Claimsand anyone claiming on my behalf release and forever discharge Releasee and its affiliates\, successors and assigns\, officers\, employees\, representatives\, partners\, agents and anyone claiming through them \(collectively\, the “Released Parties”\)\, in their individual and/or corporate capacities from causes of action of any nature and kind\, known or unknown\, which I may have against Releasee or any Released Parties arising out of or relating to any injury\, loss or damage to person and property that may be sustained as a result of participation in the Activity \(“Claims”\)\. 2\. I Assume all Risk and understand that participation in the Activity involves inherent risks\, including risk of physical or psychological injury\, pain\, suffering\, illness\, disfigurement\, temporary or permanent paralysis and/or death\, and I assume all related risks and voluntarily participate in the Activity\. 3\. I agree to indemnify Releasee against any and all claims\, actions\, lawsuits\, damages and judgments\, including attorney’s fees\, arising out of or relating to my participation in the Activity\. 4\. This Release for Participation in Event or Activity \(“Release”\) shall not be in any way construed as an admission by the Releasee that it has acted wrongfully with respect to me or any other person\, that it admits liability or responsibility at any time for any purpose\, or that I have any rights whatsoever against the Releasee\. 5\. This Release shall be binding upon the parties and their respective heirs\, administrators\, personal representatives\, executors\, successors and assigns\. I have the authority to release the Claims and have not assigned or transferred any Claims to any other party\. The provisions of this Release are severable\. If any provision is held to be invalid or unenforceable\, it shall not affect the validity or enforceability of any other provision\. This Release constitutes the entire agreement between the parties and supersedes any prior oral or written agreements or understandings between the parties concerning the subject matter of this Release\. This Release may not be altered\, amended or modified\, except by a written document signed by both parties\. The terms of this Release shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the California\. I have carefully read and fully understand all the provisions of this Release and am freely, knowingly and voluntarily entering into this Release and by signing the Participant is giving up certain rights, including the right to commence litigation against the Host(s) in a court of Law and the right to a Jury Trial. By accepting membership in this group you acknowledge you have fully read, understand, and agree to the above. \-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\- General Statement of Policy: The focus of the group is to enjoy an athletic semi-strenuous, adventures together. This is not my job, I and the other leaders are here to enjoy ourself, so those persons who are complaining, condescending, rude, disrespectful, disruptive or burdensome (which includes, being unprepared with water or equipment, showing up late for events, not showing up without cancelling, etc.… ), to myself or any other leader will be removed immediately. \-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-\-
Ted's Hikes San Francisco/Marin Counties 7-12 miles
San Francisco, CA
Environmental Friendly hiking group, using public transportation to hiking trails throughout Marin and San Francisco counties. I have been a co-organizer through the meetup Bay area short hikes 5-8 miles for 2.5 years. I will be leading hikes with more miles and less speed. I want my hikers to enjoy their hikes, get a good workout, takes some photos and experience the beauty around them. So bring your smiles and let's hike some miles. See you on the next hike <br>Drivers, we will meet you at the trail head, <br>We will meet in the City and take bus or ferry to various trail heads in Marin Headlands, Mt Tam, and Pt Reyes Seashore. From there we start our hike.
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.
Fremont, Newark, Union City Bicycling
This is a group for anyone interested in casual bicycling around the Tri-City areas of Fremont, Newark, and Union City, CA. We welcome all riders who want to build confidence using a bicycle, enjoying a simple and casual pace, and gaining shared knowledge within the Tri-City neighborhoods. We meet at least once every "Fourth Friday" for an evening bicycle ride.
• Guideline Rules:
1. Before sending a request to join this group please make sure your profile picture shows your face so we know who you are. Consistent profile updates or name changes will be deleted from this group.
2. Please answer the entry question to the best of your ability. One-word answers such as "Yo" or "Accountability" are honestly not helpful. Replying with no answer is an automatic rejection.
3. As a courtesy, If you join an event please update your RSVP status promptly, even if you change it within 24 hours of the event. Consistent no-shows without an update will be deleted from the group.
4. The minimum attendance of once every 3 months to remain a member of this group. (Starting July 1, 2021)
5. Event and ride guidelines are listed with each event, please read and review before attending each event.
Thank you for considering joining this group. We look forward to seeing you join us soon.
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.
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.
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.
Mighty Monterey Nature and Social Adventures Meetup
The Purpose of "Sky is the Limit" Adventures Monterey is to live life to the fullest! We all need some fun and it can be done safely outdoors for now. Everyone is welcome... singles, couples, professionals, dog lovers, photographers, artists, musicians, nature lovers, and explorers. I will be your tour guide and together we will sample the very best places of the Central Coast (Monterey, Seaside, Carmel, Carmel Valley! ). My goal for each event is to provide people with some kind of outdoor adventure & exercise, followed by time to mingle socially and relax with some great, affordable food, wine, beer or coffee in the area.
*Live Music & Dancing
*Nature Hiking & Dog Walks
*Kayaking/Paddle Boarding & Swimming
*Photography & Art Adventures
*Wine Tasting & Craft Beer & coffee & tea
*History and Art Walking Tours
*International Food & Drinks
I look forward to exploring the outdoors with everybody!
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! 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.
Sonoma County Wanderers
Santa Rosa, CA
Welcome to The Wanderers! You have just discovered Sonoma County's most active hiking group! We love to hike...during the week, the afternoon, the weekend and even by the light of the full moon! If you love to hike, you have just found your new home! But the most important part of this message is to FIND A HIKE and sign up...NOW! I've found that the newcomers that jump right in and start hiking are the ones that become a strong part of our Wanderer hiking community.
We are about the journey as well as the destination. We are striving to meet the hikers that fall into the middle zone...people that enjoy moderate mileage with moderate altitude gain with a challenge thrown in occasionally at a moderate pace! We are a group that wants to explore and constantly include new hikes while doing our favorites on a regular basis. Although we have members as young as 12, most of our members fall in the 45-70 year old range.
Our outings will normally be in the 5-14 mile range. We are looking for people that are looking to improve their fitness level or are maintaining their current level. If you are a moderate hiker that is hiking frequently you will find our hikes quite enjoyable. If you are a new hiker or have recently just got back to hiking then our pace might be challenging for you at first until you fully get back into wandering on the trails. We do average a speed of 2.5-3.0 mph and we keep going. We wait at trail junctions and those of you in the front will have to wait and those of you in the rear will find that the group starts off when you are safely within sight. Oh and YES, there will be altitude gain included in almost every hike. You will need to be comfortable and happy with walking uphill. You also will need to be steady on your feet for the down hills. Once again, we stop briefly to keep the group together from time to time but we do keep going with the exception of our lunch/snack break.
A word of caution-if you haven't been hiking regularly you will need to give yourself some time and consistent participation to be comfortable with the group's pace. Most people that start with us think our pace of 2.5-3.0 is fast until they have completed 4-5 hikes. Don't get discouraged after one hike. A common comment I get from new hikers is that they didn't have time to enjoy the scenery. Trust me....as you continue with the group, you will find yourself being very comfortable with the pace and will fully enjoy the scenery.
Our group size is limited so please DO NOT sign up for a hike unless you are 100% sure you will be there. If you cancel last minute (after 5pm the preceding day) or are a no-show then we will need to excuse you from the group. If you take a spot, that means that someone else is not able to hike. Make sure to show up!
We are about hiking. If you are into plant, mushroom, scat or bad mood studies then this group is not for you. Although we love pictures and encourage photographs, if you are having a hard time staying with the group, you will need to let others take the photos until you find yourself able to keep up.
I'm not a professional hiker or guide and I don't have specialized training in first aid so I need to hold everyone completely responsible for their own safety and well-being. What I do have is a love of the outdoors and a desire to be there..whenever possible. I also have knowledge of many local hikes and am ALWAYS exploring new ones! Come join me and we will simply enjoy this gorgeous area that we live in, find new adventures, laugh, talk and probably learn something new every hike while making new friends.
Please don't get discouraged if the first couple of hikes seem hard. Just keep on joining in. If there is one thing I know, the fun, health benefits and confidence arrive in spades, with repetition.
P.S. We are hiking under covid conditions so bring a mask and be prepared to step off the trail to maintain a distance from others. You are responsible for your own health and safety during COVID conditions.
Sunnyvale Hiking and Camping
Let's have fun hiking Bay Area Wide - both during the week (around 6 pm) and on weekends. We hike in the South Bay (San Jose/Santa Cruz), East Bay (Fremont, Newark, Oakland), Peninsula (Palo Alto - Redwood City - Woodside) and San Francisco.
We're adding (almost) monthly Camping Trips
We're open to suggestions - any time - of hikes and opened campgrounds.
People who come to our events are friendly and usually everyone who comes makes new friends inside and outside our group.
You need to post an actual photo of yourself showing your face, including your eyes. Failure to post a photo of yourself will result in a declining of your membership into our group.
We STRONGLY encourage you, if you have to, to cancel your reservation on Meetup 48 hours prior to the event.