I would like to let you know that meetup is a great way to meet new people. I've attended a couple of meetups in the past year, but haven't fully reaped its benefits. So im trying this out.
Hike 6 or 7 miles at the most, possibly less and get to know other members. You will need to purchase a discover pass which costs about 30 bucks and, until further notice, a national forest pass, which is about 5 bucks a day.