Welcome new OC Hikers! Get involved with community walks, hikes, backpacking trips and events throughout the great OC and beyond. — Suki Reed, President
Suki’s Kids in Need of Nature Program takes disadvantaged youth into nature on hikes
and outings; receives high praises from community, agencies and youth organizations.
All donations are tax deductable.
"The only time I find peace and balance is when I am out on a hike." — A. Lock
"Join! Join! Join and discover awesome hikes in your backyard" — Nicole
"My doctor prescribed this group" — Jazmin
"I've always preferred shopping to the gym for my cardio, but last year a friend took me hiking to Top of the World...and now I'm hooked" — Tiffany
"I'm reclaiming my body and health back after Fighting Breast Cancer for the past 2 years, and am looking for hiking close to home and to meet new people!" — Julie
"I enjoy the outdoors, the OC Outdoors section of the Register, and would like to get connected with others and find out more about OC's outdoor options." — Mike
"Hiking sounds more fun than running." — Greg
"I want to take up hiking as a hobby. I think it is a more rejuvenating form of exercise compared to working out in a gym, which is what I do more often. I'd like to meet new people, and build stamina..." — Puja
"It's so nice nice to get away from the buzz of traffic, and city life. I believe nothing is more therapeutic than the sound of nature." — Jennie
"I've lived in Orange County for over 20 years but have never really appreciated the great outdoors right here in my back yard - I need to start making up for lost time!" — Vanessa
"Great exercise and tacos" — Marni
"I can't think of a better way to meet such a diverse group of people. I'm usually pretty shy when talking to people for the first time, but there is something about hiking with them that makes it easy. It doesn't even bother me if I'm a sweaty mess, everybody is still willing to talk to me." — Larry
"Meet strong hikers, engage in stimulating conversation, have some laughs and enjoy the peace of the wilderness together." — Mitch
"I hike because it makes me happy" — Angela
"You’re really missing out if you don’t" — Terri
"This is a diverse group with two main threads connecting us all — great people who love the outdoors!" — LeeAnne￼
"This is a fun group of people, and they have every kind of hike you might want." — Becky
"I want to re-vitalize my interest in hiking and backpacking. The idea of combining exercise, outdoor activity and social connection appeals to me." — Larry
"I am looking to explore the area since I moved from New York last year." — Patricia
"To find hikes for our cub scout pack" — Dieter
"To meet people & hike around Orange County" — Curtis
"Hiking is a fun way to exercise" — Sue
"To have other people to hike with...." — Ellyn
"So I can start hiking, make some friends and share some laughs!" — Jason
"I have a friend who is a member and I love to walk. I would love to meet new active friends." — Christiane
"I like being outside and want our kids to like it too." — Justin
"Need hiking buddies!" — Melaney
"I love hiking!" — Josh
"Hick's Canyon was my 1st hike with OCHC — if this is an example for things to come, I can't wait to make this club high on my priority list. Great organizer, great people, great healthy way to spend my time." — Carita
"I would recommend OCHC to anyone that wants to experience the outdoors with other people that enjoy the outdoors." — Martin
"This group rocks!" — Nina
"The most stellar group I have ever joined." — Tara F.
"Love it! It is a safe way for me and my children to enjoy hiking. Thank you." — Dawn
"The people are so nice and supportive of each other. Being able to bring your dogs on some of these hikes is an added bonus with this club." — Joanne H.
"This is an amazing group! Such a huge number of activities are offered — so everyone will be able to participate in something they feel is interesting and also challenging. The people in this group are really friendly!!" — Loretta Z.
"I love this club! The nicest people in Southern California, by far." — Pat V.
"I love OC Hiking Club because they have the friendliest, most caring and adventuresome people I have ever met. I look forward to weekends because I can't wait to go on my next hike and be with my hiking family!" — Margie
"The organizers are so passionate and experienced in hiking that I feel very comfortable trying new hikes with this group. Thank you!" — Kristen
"The people are one of a kind." — Crystal
"You sweat and you laugh. What more could you want?" — Katie S.
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2011 Wildflower Photo Contest winners and honorable mentions
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Join OC Hiking Club! – A Social Hiking & Backpacking Group
This is the #1 Orange County Hiking Club for backpacking and hiking and membership is free! Welcome all walkers, hikers, backpackers, peakbaggers, campers and people who enjoy the great Southern California outdoors.
Over 100 hike OC events per month including: Orange County hikes, in-town-hikes and walks, out-of-town day hikes, overnight backpacking and peakbagging, Sunday brunch/hikes, yoga hikes, peaceful mind hikes, photography hikes, dog walks, beach walks and almost every kind of outdoor hiking event under the sun. Membership is free, we are supported by donations only.
NEW MEMBER FAQ
OC Hiking Club Mission Statement
Orange County Hiking Club, a charitable, 501(c)(3) organization exists to promote physical, mental, and emotional wellness through connection with nature. In addition to outdoor recreation for members all ages, OC Hiking Club provides education, empowerment, encouragement, inspiration and healing to at-risk youth through mentorship and leadership development in the outdoors.
OC Hiking Club Equality Statement
The OC Hiking Club is an association of persons of all ages, ethnic groups, and religious affiliations who are united in a common love of nature and outdoor activities. We work to enrich the quality of life and character of our community through programs that reconnect people with nature and promote health and fitness in the great outdoors.
Membership is free, How Do I Join?
By joining I agree to the PARTICIPANT AGREEMENT.
Who Joins OC HIKING CLUB?
Walkers, hikers and backpackers from all walks of life (no pun intended). Hiking professionals include doctors, lawyers, teachers, scientists, business owners, single people, married couples, housewives, househusbands, single parent families, traditional families, multiparent families and people from all careers and cultures. Note: This is a social hiking club, but not a dating club!
Get Outdoors - Lose Weight and Get Healthy
Cumulatively the club has lost over 20,000 lbs! Social walking, hiking and backpacking is life changing. We believe that there is a great need for human contact and the social aspect of these hikes is a significant contributing factor to physical health as well as mental, spiritual and emotional wellness. Please check with your doctor before starting any exercise program. You should be able to walk 4 miles comfortably before joining.
I just lost my job and now I have extra time to hike
During the economic downturn we are getting even more new members many of which “have always wanted to go hiking, but never had time before.” And some members have had great luck finding new work OTT “On The Trail.”
OC HIKING in the NEWS
Yes, our beloved OC HIKING CLUB President Suki Reed writes for OC Register Outdoor’s Section every Monday! Her articles give insights on cool places to go hiking, how to get in shape, leadership on the trail, how to help Kids in Need of Nature and more. For a full list of articles go to: http://www.ocregister.com/fi/search/?q=suki+reed
The MileMarker - OC Hiking Newsletter, “Written by Members, For Members” click here: http://www.oc-hiking.com/orange_county_hiking_and_backpacking_news/
OC HIKING – Getting our Community Outdoors
Learn where the best hikes are on our growing list of local and out of town hikes. You do not need to be a member to access this information. For local hike info go OC HIKE INFO: http://www.oc-hiking.com/orange_county_hikes.htm
Are there snakes? Find out what is dangerous and what to look out for while hiking in California on OC HIKING HIKESMART here: http://www.oc-hiking.com/hikesmart.htm
OC HIKING — Kids in Need of Nature Hikes
This model program helps disadvantage youth and is the only one of its kind throughout the United States and has received high praises from the community and agencies. We work with local OC agencies such as Orange Wood Foundation, Foster Care Auxiliary, Social Services agencies and others by taking disadvantaged youth outdoors. These magical and highly effective hikes take kids out into nature in a supportive social environment. Studies show that even a small amount of positive adult attention can make a big difference in the life of a child. The hikes are led by hike organizers who have had a Live Scanned background check and the youth are accompanied by staff or adults from the accompanying agency. If you wish to attend these hikes and help our communities Kids in Need of Nature please join the club and read the calendar event text carefully.
This Club is Really Cool! How is it Free?!
The club is supported by voluntary donations from our members and community / corporate sponsorships. All hike organizers are volunteers as are most of our directors and special event coordinators. If you would like to sponsor the club and the programs we provide please contact our president Suki Reed.
Membership is free, we are supported by donations only.
Mission of OC Hiking Club
Mission Statement — Orange County Hiking Club
Orange County Hiking Club is a non-profit public benefit corporation under the parent name of Hike Everywhere, Inc., incorporated in May 2009. Since its inception in 2006 OC Hiking Club has over 6,000 members throughout Orange County California & beyond. In a time of ever increasing economic & social change the demands & stresses placed on an individual can be daunting. Pressures of work, school & too many hours spent indoors take a negative toll affecting individuals, families & our youth. Nature is the ultimate venue for relaxation & rejuvenation for both individuals & families. The purpose of the Orange County Hiking Club is to reconnect people with nature. The OC Hiking Club promotes the physical, mental & emotional wellness of its participants through hiking & group outdoor activities overseen by dedicated volunteers. Our programs create awareness of our local outdoor areas, promote Earth Care, & serve as informational resources for trails & organized hiking events.
Revocation of membership
The OC Hiking Club, its President and the Board of Directors, reserves the right to revoke the membership of any member without comment at any time for behavior deemed inappropriate or unsafe. Such behavior includes, but is not limited to refusal to follow directions of hike organizers during events; unwanted attention towards or harassment of a fellow member; hostile, rude or inappropriate treatment of a fellow member; failure to follow safety guidelines established by the organization; failure to follow club bylaws; failure to comply with local, state, or federal regulations while engaged in club activities; etc.
When you join, you may want set up a “meetup specific” folder in your inbox because meetup generates automatic event reminder messages. Some people love these reminders and others hate them. We are working with meetup to develop a way for members to “turn off the email” but until that happens please create a separate folder for receiving meetup emails or set up a meetup specific email address such as: email@example.com
Your Email Address is Sacred
The OC Hiking website calendar system is based on meetup.com. OC HIKING CLUB does not capture your email address. Meetup.com saves the email addresses, but does not use your email address for anything other than membership communication. Our experience with meetup.com shows that they are very ethical.
This is a "Private" group and new members will need to complete the profile and upload a picture for approval.
Conduct and Conflict of Interest Guidelines
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