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:


Hahamongna Watershed Park Hike and Picnic
Sunday, July 22, 2018, 7:00 AM or 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Hahamongna Watershed Park, Oak Drive & Foothill Blvd. La Canada, CA

Located at the end of Foothill Blvd in La Canada, Hahamongna Watershed Park provides shaded picnic areas for the start of our walk and our picnic afterwards. The SoCal Chapter will be providing two out and back walks, both walks include multiple stream crossings, so poles are recommended: 

Moderate Plus: Departure Time 7:00 AM. Walking past the back of JPL this walk will follow a shaded stream with multiple crossings to reach the Brown Mountain Dam Waterfall. This will be 11 miles with only an 800 ft elevation gain making for easy walking. 
Leisurely Plus: Departure Time 8:00 AM. Following the same path as the Moderate group this walk will stop at the Gould Campground and will be 6 miles with minimal elevation. 
Picnic Only: People wishing to only attend the picnic should arrive by 12:00 noon. 

Once everyone is back we will have our usual picnic. (This is a no alcohol park)  We need a volunteer to stay with the tables while we walk, If you have a non-walking family member or friend let us know on the survey. We'll need an RSVP to

12-Mile Walk Santiago Day Celebration
Saturday, July 28, 2018, 7:00 AM - 3:00 PM

If you are able to walk 4 miles, this walk will demonstrate that you can turn those 4 miles into a walk of 12 miles in just one day! The SoCal Chapter's Orange County walk simulates a typical day's 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 (21682 Lake Forest Drive, Lake Forest, CA 92630). 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 and on 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. After the walk, we enjoy a late lunch at the Cedar Creek Inn which is directly across Mission San Juan Capistrano. Here we can share more Camino stories for newcomers with seasoned peregrinos, and sometimes we celebrate a "Shell Ceremony" for members about to embark on their first Camino! 

During the week before the walk, you will receive additional information regarding parking location and times. Please register for this event through

In 2018 the chapter 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.

Rev 07/06/18