Haven't found the perfect hiking buddy? Try these groups
1) Find enthusiasts
Search hiking.meetup.com to find a club in your area; it lists more than 1,000 groups that plan year-round outings.
2) Get schooled
Every REI store across the country offers free hiking classes and clinics. Go to rei.com/map/store to enroll at a location near you.
3) Give back
Soak up the sun and work up a sweat building and maintaining trails on an American Hiking Society volunteer vacation (americanhiking.org). The organization offers more than 40 weeklong trips in scenic spots from Maine to Alaska. While you’re at the site, check out the more than 1,500 events—from hikes on new paths to restorations on overgrown routes—for National Trails Day, June 5.