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It is with heavy hearts that we must continue to postpone our group hikes for the coming months in response to the new mandate set forth by county health agencies to curtail all non-essential travel, shelter in place, and keep gatherings to a minimum.

The sooner we can slow the spread of Covid-19 the sooner we can resume our lives, and our hikes. Please stay healthy and get outside when you can, responsibly.

Thank you for your patience

The EBCHG Hike Leaders

About the East Bay Casual Hiking Group

The East Bay Casual Hiking Group is an informal group of adults who meet regularly to go hiking. Our hikes typically range from 5-10 miles in length, or 2-4 hours, timewise. We hike primarily in the East Bay region of the San Francisco Bay Area, and typically within Contra Costa and Alameda Counties. But we do venture out to other parts of the Bay Area (and even beyond!) from time to time as well.

What started back in the Fall of 2003 with less than half a dozen members, today continues to grow at a rate of between 30-50 new members each and every month! To learn more about how our group and this website came about, read the History section of the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) page.

Our membership is diverse, not only in terms of hiking ability, but also in age. Some of us are pretty experienced, speedy, "trail blazer" hiking types, while others prefer to walk at a slower pace. Some are just getting started in this thing called "hiking". The bulk of us, though, probably fall somewhere in between. Age-wise, we are the young and the young at heart! Mostly, we are 20-, 30-, 40-, and 50-somethings.

There is no per hike fee or yearly membership fee to join our group. We hike on public trails within Contra Costa and Alameda Counties, so membership is and will always be FREE! :>

Membership Statistics

9190 people have signed up for our email list since I created this website in late 2003, while 8 have joined in the past month. We currently have 5193 active members, with between 20-30 of them showing up at one time, on average, for a hike. Our highest turnout to date was 68 show up at the same time for the Ringtail Cat Staging Area hike on Sunday, February 01, 2009 .

Join Us!

Become a member of the East Bay Casual Hiking Group in order to be added to our email list to be notified of future hikes and cancellations due to bad weather.