Haven't found the perfect hiking buddy? Try these groups

1) Find enthusiasts

Search 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 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 ( 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.