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Find a Hiking Partner

Keen on birds, peak bagging, or wildflowers? Here's how to join hikers who share your passions.

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Pursue pastimes
Contact like-minded hobbyists: birders (birdingpal.org), cavers (forums.caves.org), or photographers (outdooreyes.com).

Go academic
Many college outing clubs welcome locals; go canyoneering in Arizona (clubs.arizona.edu/~ramblers) or study petroglyphs in Oregon (outdoorprogram.uoregon.edu).

Join clubs
Hike with local chapters of the Sierra Club (sierraclub.org), Appalachian Mountain Club (outdoors.org), Colorado Mountain Club (cmc.org), or Washington’s Mountaineers (mountaineers.org). Find other groups here: mtnguide.org (regional clubs), hikingandbackpacking.com (trail conservancies), americanhiking.org (long trails).