“One day’s exposure to mountains is better than cartloads of books.  See how willingly Nature poses herself upon photographers’ plates.  No earthly chemicals are so sensitive as those of the human soul”

– John Muir

Sand Dunes at Death Valley National Park
Sand Dunes at Death Valley National Park

There are numerous hiking and backpacking clubs and organizations worldwide that provide fantastic opportunities to meet fellow outdoor enthusiasts and go on adventures!

Included in the list below are brief descriptions of the groups.  Also included are groups that do not sponsor hikes, but are dedicated to the outdoors and wilderness preservation. Thanks to all of these organizations for helping preserve nature!

American Hiking Society
The AHS was founded in 1976, and they’re dedicated to trail preservation.  This is the group that organizes the great annual event called National Trails Day, where volunteers around the U.S. get together to preserve local trails.

American Alpine Club
This one is for all of the mountaineers and climbers out there! They do not sponsor trips, but are very active with conservation and support for the climbing community.

American Long Distance Hiking Association – West Interested in hiking the Pacific Crest Trail? Or perhaps hiking the Appalachian Trail? Or maybe you’re thinking of the Triple Crown (PCT, AT, and CDT!) Check out this group to find fellow thru-hikers and long distance hikers.

Appalachian Mountain Club
This group has been around since 1876! They have chapters in the Northeast from Maine to Washington D.C., and their group of volunteers lead about 7,000 trips per year. The AMC sponsors a wide range of adventure trips, including hiking, backpacking, cross-country skiing, rock climbing, and water sports like canoeing and kayaking!

California Mountaineering Group
This is a small group of technical climbers (meaning they use sophisticated gear like ice axes, crampons, and ropes!) who organize mountaineering adventure trips year round.

Colorado Mountain Club
This group has over 3,000 hiking, climbing and skiing events every year!

Leave No Trace
If you don’t know Leave No Trace principles, then check out their website and learn them!  LNT teaches people like us who love the outdoors how to reduce the detrimental impact humans can leave on the environment.  It is easy to do individually, yet powerful when everyone follows the simple techniques.

The Mountaineers are dedicated to preserving and protecting the wilderness, but also sponsoring fun adventures.  They have hiking, backpacking, snowshoeing, and many other events and classes. What is great is that they cater to all skill levels, not just expert technical climbers.

National Parks Conservation Association
This group is dedicated to America’s National parks.  They’re independent (not government sponsored), and their goal is to “protect and enhance America’s National Parks for present and future generations.”

National Park Foundation
This group was chartered by Congress to “strengthen the connection between the American people and their national parks.”

Sierra Club
The Sierra Club has loads of local hikes anyone can join, and organizes camping, backpacking, and even international trips.  Definitely a great way to meet fellow hikers and get outside!

Wild Wilderness A group focused on making sure public wilderness is not privatized and is going to be available for future generations to enjoy.



Alpine Club of Canada
A group of Canadian mountaineers and climbers who organize year round trips in the Canadian Rockies.  What is really cool is that they maintain alpine and backcountry huts in the Canadian Rockies (think of all of that beautiful Canadian mountain scenery!), and the huts can be reserved by both members and non-members.

East Coast Trail Club
If you’re looking to explore the beautiful east coast of Newfoundland, Canada, this club will lead the way!  They offer hikes and walks along a strech of the east coast of Newfoundland.

The Federation of Mountain Clubs of British Columbia
This group encompasses multiple clubs throughout British Columbia, Canada.  They sponsor hiking and backpacking adventures throughout British Columbia.


This is a group with over 100,000 dedicated to walkers (ramblers).  They organize walks for various difficulty levels, ranging from short local walks to hillside treks.

Backpackers Club
As they describe it, “anybody who enjoys lightweight camping”.  This group of backpackers organizes weekend trips in the U.K.



The Confederation of Bushwalking Clubs
In the land down under, they don’t hike, they bushwalk!  This club is dedicated to bushwalking in Australia, and they hike in National Parks, National Reserves, Forests, etc.



Federated Mountain Clubs of New Zealand
This is a national association of over 100 clubs in New Zealand that sponsor a variety of outdoor adventure activities and promote the preservation of the backcountry.

Wellington Tramping and Mountaineering Club
A group of people who love the outdoors and sponsor tramping (aka hiking), backpacking, and other outdoor adventure trips.


Outdoor Club Japan
International/Japanese group based in Tokyo.


Vista Trek P. Ltd.
Trekking guides in Nepal.

Do you have a club or organization to add to this list?  Contact us!


  1. TONY DU BRUYN says:

    Good Day, I live in South Africa and have access to lots of land in the Kalahari dessert and on my Brothers game ranch. I am planning a one(1) two(2) and four(4) day hiking trips.

    Do you think there will be an International clubs and individual people that will be interested to walk and explore this area of South Africa.

    What will be the minimum requirements for people to support and walk our trails?

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  4. John Marikos says:

    I’m sending you the following information in case you or your members have some ideas of what more we can do or in case you have contacts in India that might be helpful to us.

    Justin Alexander is missing while traveling between Mantalai Lake and Kheerganga in India in the Parvati Valley. He was last seen 2 hours south of Mantalai Lake on his way back to his guest house. This was Sept. 3rd. He never arrived. He’s highly trained in survival and has conducted trainings. He’s very experienced at trekking into remote areas, living in caves around the world. His facebook page has photos

    We have been searching Instagram for trekkers posting photos and videos during the past 4 weeks in that part of India and asking them if they’ve had contact with Justin. Some have offered help and advice. One of those people knows some resident shepherds in that area and he’s contacting them on our behalf. Some trekking groups have been helping us, including the Himalayan Club. We have filed reports with the embassy and the police. We’ve been posting information and photos at a rather large campground, in cafes and places to stay in some villages.

    What would help is if we could find a way to get the GPS coordinates off his phone. But it looks like we will need to find some cooperative law enforcement in order for that to happen.

    What else can we be doing? Thank you. John Marikos, Salem, OR

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