Sacramento, California Chapter

The Sacramento chapter of American Pilgrims serves east-central California, the middle section of the Central Valley. The purpose of local chapters 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.

  • To offer opportunities for local pilgrims to gather and hold events related to the Camino.
  • To mentor future pilgrims, promote the pilgrimage and American Pilgrims through social gatherings.
  • To serve as a local host for hospitalero training in east-central California .

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 non-chapter events that may be of interest. Contact chapter coordinators Kerri Daniels, Bruce Quick and Andy Byers at [email protected] for more information. 

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Scheduled Events

Contact the chapter through [email protected] to find out what we're up to!

Confluence and Clementine Loop Hike
Wednesday, May 30, 2018, 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Join the Sacramento Chapter on the Confluence and Clementine Trail Loop hike Wednesday, May 30th. It is a 6.4-mile, 1,014 ft. elevation gain hike. Considered a moderate trail, it starts at the confluence hiking up the middle fork of the American River and returns along the North Fork past Lake Clemintine. It offers scenic views but may be warm. For this reason we are starting an hour earlier, meeting at 8:00 AM.

We will car-pool to the trail head. Good shoes, trekking poles, water and snacks are recommended. This will be a great opportunity to meet other Camino pilgrims and those preparing. Hope you can hike with us!

Contact Bruce at: [email protected] to get starting point information and to join the hike!

Camino 101: First Steps
Wednesday, June 6, 2018, 6:30 - 8:30 PM

REI Sacramento Store, 1790 Expo Pkwy, Sacramento CA

 So, you've decided to walk the Camino ...? The Sacramento Chapter invites you to join us at this interactive evening at REI. This evening will address some of the practical questions of "How do I get started?" and will include our experiences and "how to" which will be helpful to anyone planning their first Camino.

Guarantee youself a seat by registering with REI for the event!

An Evening of Camino francés
Friday, June 8, 2018, 7:00 - 9:00 PM

Arden Dimick Library, 891 Watt Ave, Sacramento, CA 95864

Come spend an evening learning - or reminiscing about - all things Camino francés! The Sacramento Chapter will be enjoying several different perspectives as those who have recently returned share their experiences through 10x10 presentations - 10 photos in 10 minutes. There will be several different journeys shared as there are so many different ways to walk one's Camino! There will be plenty of time for questions and answers as well!

This is a great way to be inspired to walk your own camino and to meet and connect with the many other local area folks who are also preparing to walk - and those who have returned and would like to share their experience!

A Night of Camino portugués
Tuesday, July 10, 2018, 7:00 - 9:00 PM

Arden Dimick Library, 891 Watt Ave, Sacramento, CA 95864

Join the Sacramento Chapter for an evening discovering all things Camino portugués! This is the second most traveled Camino and more and more people are considering doing this as their next Camino. Many first time walkers choose this route as it can be comfortably covered in 2 weeks time from Porto (for most). We will be having several guest speakers sharing their recent experience on one of the various Camino portugués routes. We will have plenty of time for questions and answers! Join us and say "Bom Caminho!"

Camino 101: Gear and Packing Tips
Thursday, July 12, 2018, 6:30 - 8:30 PM

REI Sacramento, 1790 Expo Pkwy, Sacramento CA

Join the Sacramento Chapter for this informative and interactive presentation to learn about gear choice and packing tips for the Camino de Santiago. Experienced Camino walkers will share their opinions and insight as to what worked, what didn't, and what they would change for any future Caminos.

Register with the store to guarantee your seat!

Camino 101: Resources
Wednesday, August 8, 2018, 6:30 - 8:30 PM

REI Sacramento, 1790 Expo Parkway, Sacramento CA

Join the Sacramento Chapter as we discuss handy tips and beneficial resources for your upcoming Camino de Santiago. We will introduce different websites and books, various apps and blogs that people have found helpful both in planning their upcoming journey as well as to utilize while on their Camino.

This is a free event but you must register with REI to guarantee a seat!

Are you interested in learning more about the Camino?
The Sacramento Chapter Camino Mentor Program can pair individuals who have questions about their upcoming Camino with a nearby veteran who can answer questions. Contact [email protected] for details. 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.

For information about the chapter and its activities or about membership in American Pilgrlims, contact us at [email protected].

Rev 05/19/18