I’ve gone on hikes with all of these groups at one time or another:
- Bay Area Linkup: This is where Winehiker Russ organizes
allmany of his hikes. There’s a monthly fee after a free trial period. Just so’s you’ll know: Linkup rules are enforced with a zeal that would give the Church Lady a screaming orgasm.
- Intrepid Northern California Hikers (INCH): Notorious for stupendously strenuous hikes. They hike hard, they hike fast — they do wait around for stragglers but if you’re slow, don’t expect anybody to hang back to keep you company. If you’re into brisk 20-milers with 4,000 feet of elevation gain, INCH is your kind of club. INCH hike write-ups are often breezy and entertaining.
- FOMFOK: Mike Wimble and his wife, Kathy, of Sunnyvale lead mostly moderate hikes around the South Bay and in the Santa Cruz mountains. I’ve hiked with them a bunch of times because a) they’re good company on the trail; and b) they hike at my pace, which could be charitably described as “comfortable.” Mike always hauls a big camera along so I know I’ll have time to stop and take pictures.
- East Bay Casual Hiking: I went on at least one outing with this group when I was just getting into hiking. It seems well-organized. Most of the hikes are closer to Contra Costa County rather than, say, Fremont or Hayward in the southern end of the East Bay.
- Sierra Club Loma Prieta Chapter: Steve Sergeant of The Wildebeat hangs out here and leads backpacking outings. Sierra Club folks are known for keeping a brisk pace — I once hiked with a couple of ultra-marathoners who described being passed by Sierra Club hikers during one of their races.
- NorthCA_Hiking: A Yahoo Groups club that goes on hikes and backpacking outings around Sacramento and the Sierra. Very welcoming folks who had me along for a couple overnighters last summer. You have to request to be allowed into the group — this keeps the spammers away. Several members are from the Bay Area.
More clubs who have Web sites (props to this page for assembling these):
Now you can’t say you can’t find anybody to hike with.