Join a Virtual Group Hike on Take-A-Hike Day

File photo    Hikers of all ages are invited to take part in the library’s first virtual group hike.

Love the idea of group hikes but, hate the pace of big group hikes, have a schedule that doesn’t jive with a group or just don’t want to go where the group goes? Alameda library has the answer.

The Libraries Outside project invites everyone to take part in the first-ever Virtual Group Hike in November, where the only thing “virtual” is the group. National Take-A-Hike Day is observed annually on Saturday, Nov. 17. With more than 60,000 miles of trails in the National Trail System across the 50 states, there is no lack of opportunity to take a hike.

Sign up on the Library’s Facebook page at facebook.com/alamedafreelibrary (search events on the left-hand side of the page). Then, between Wednesday, Nov. 14, and Saturday, Nov. 24, just head out and hike wherever, with whomever, for however long. 

Be sure to wear good shoes, take a snack and water. Try and bring a friend, but get out there and enjoy the fresh air, scenery and get a little exercise. 

Post a photo from the hike (tagged and dated) on as proof of participation on Facebook. This will qualify hikers as official “Finishers.”

Every Finisher will receive a Finisher’s Medal at the Main Library, 1550 Oak St., between Nov. 24 and Nov. 30. No medals will be mailed.

The library will host an informational evening on Tuesday, Nov. 13, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Main Library, 1550 Oak St. The library will help with trail resources, including checking out backpacks or cameras. Staff will even help hikers figure out transit routes to the trails.