Southern California (Los Angeles) Chapter

The Southern California Chapter of American Pilgrims serves the greater Los Angeles area. Broadly stated, the purpose of this local chapter is to keep members connected to the Camino and to introduce new people to the phenomenon.  We plan to accomplish this in a number of ways, such as social events, walks, mentoring future pilgrims and serving as a local host for hospitalero training through American Pilgrims.

The chapter will be scheduling walks, talks, potlucks and much more! These will be listed here but you may also want to check the Local Events page for other events that may be of interest. Contact chapter coordinators Kurt "Carlos" Schroeder, Anita Baroldi, Geoff Davies and Kurt Buckley at for more information or to be added to the chapter e-mail list.

To see more about what we're doing and to join the Camino conversation, check out our Facebook page:


Sycamore Canyon Hike and Picnic
Sunday, November 12, 2017, 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Join the SoCal Chapter for a hike & Spanish-themed picnic!


Everyone meets at Sycamore Cove Beach at 8:00 AM and leave by 8:15 AM from Sycamore Cove Beach & shuttle 9:00 AM departure from Rancho Sierra Vista, Newbury Park (upper trail-head of Sycamore Canyon) Click for drections to Sycamore Cove Beach (9000 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu 90265)

We will be offering two hikes/walks:
Moderate: This will be an 8-mile walk through nature on the Big Sycamore Canyon Trail. This is a well-maintained fire road and is downhill and then flat all the way. We expect to maintain a gentle 2-mile per hour pace.
Leisurely: Starting at the Sycamore Cove beach, walk at your own pace up the Sycamore Canyon trail as far as you want. After, return and enjoy the beach until the other hikers return. This walk is self guided.

RSVP using the link above. You will receive an acknowledgement of your RSVP within 5-7 days and final instructions early in the week before the walk.

Orange County 12-mile walk, Santiago de Compostela Parish to Mission San Juan Capistrano
Saturday, November 18, 2017, 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Join the SoCal Chapter for a 12-mile walk from Santiago de Compostela Parish to Mission San Juan Capistrano followed by optional lunch at the Cedar Creek Inn.


If you are able to walk 4 miles, this walk will demonstrate that you can turn that 4 miles into a walk of 12 miles in one day. The SoCal Chapter's Orange County walk simulates a typical day walking on the Camino into or out of a city, including rural roads and creek trails. The walk starts from the Santiago de Compostela Church in Lake Forest. This is the only church outside of Santiago, Spain with this name. There is even a statue on the church grounds from Spain made out of Galician stone. During the walk we take several long breaks. On hot days we have a Camino Angel that provides us with refreshing drinks and snacks to supplement those that you have brought. We end our walk at a California Mission that was founded by a long-distance walker, St. Junipero Serra. This Spaniard sailed from Spain to Veracruz and walked from there to Mexico City to Baja and parts of Alta, CA. The chapel at Mission San Juan Capistrano built in 1782, is thought to be the oldest standing building in California. Click for more information on the Mission.

After the walk we'll enjoy a late lunch at the Cedar Creek Inn. The Cedar Creek Inn is directly across from the Mission SJC. We share more Camino stories for newcomers with seasoned peregrinos and sometimes have a "Shell Ceremony"!

You will receive additional information regarding parking location and times the week prior to the walk. PLEASE follow the link above to RSVP

The c, 2017, hapter will be scheduling walks and potlucks. For future events check out our Facebook, and be sure that you're on our e-mail list.

Are you interested in learning more about the Camino?
If you are thinking of walking the Camino and are interested in learning more, we can pair you with an experienced pilgrim who can answer your questions on how to prepare and what to expect. Just email us at and ask to be connected with a mentor. Experienced Camino walkers and cyclists who would like to serve as mentors should contact us so that you can be added to our resource list. Potential mentors should provide us with your name, ZIP-code and a brief rundown of your experience including walking or cycling, which route and when. Also you can visit American Pilgrims on the Camino on Facebook for great dialogue, photos and a running commentary about the Camino from like-minded pilgrims.

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