Silicon Valley, California Chapter

The Silicon Valley Chapter of American Pilgrims occupies the South San Francisco Bay area in California. 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 the South Bay area.

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 Calendar for non-chapter events that may be of interest. Contact chapter coordinators Pat Day, Betsy Fullagar and Judy Barnes [email protected] for more information.


Contact us through [email protected] to find out what we're doing!

Preparing for the Camino de Santiago
Monday, February 18, 2019, 7:00 - 8:30 PM

REI Saratoga Store
400 El Paseo de Saratoga, San Jose, CA 95130

So you've decided to hike the Camino de Santiago, or maybe you're still thinking about it. You know how to pack for a vacation in Hawaii, but how do you pack for a long hike in Spain? Join the Silicon Valley Chapter of the American Pilgrims on the Camino for an evening of Camino talk at the REI Saratoga Store. Camino veterans will discuss their equipment and clothing, including what worked, what didn't work and why. They will also talk a bit about routes and what to expect when on the Camino. Please register at Free, limited to 40 participants. We hope you can join us!

Silicon Valley Chapter Shell Ceremony & Potluck
Sunday, March 3, 2019, 12:00 - 3:00 PM

Come join the Silicon Valley Chapter for a Shell Ceremony and Blessing for pilgrims walking the Camino for the first time in 2019. The scallop shell is a symbol of the Camino de Santiago. Wearing a shell denotes that one is a pilgrim, so pilgrims often attach a shell to their backpack or wear it around their neck during their Camino. Pilgrims walking the Camino for the first time will receive a shell and blessing. We'll all enjoy a potluck, so please bring a dish to share. We hope you can join us!

22880 Old Santa Cruz Highway, Los Gatos, CA

Meet & Greet at Camino Brewing
Sunday, April 7, 2019, 12:00 - 4:00 PM

Come join the Silicon Valley Chapter for a Meet and Greet at Camino Brewing in San Jose. This is a great opportunity to get together to talk about the Camino. If you are thinking about doing the Camino, Camino veterans will be on hand to talk with you about all things Camino-routes, what to pack, Camino tips, etc. And the beer is good! Hope you can join us!

Camino Brewing, 718 South First Street, San Jose, CA

2-Day Coastal Mini-Camino
Saturday and Sunday, April 13 (9:00 AM) and 14, 2019 (4:00 PM)

Come join the Silicon Valley Chapter for a 2-day coastal mini-Camino along the gorgeous San Mateo County coast with a night at the Point Montara Hostel. We'll take a bus from Half Moon Bay to Pacifica and walk to the Point Montara Hostel, 6.9 miles. After an overnight stay in the hostel, we'll continue our walk down the coast 8.3 miles to Half Moon Bay. This event is limited to 16 people. First come, first paid get the spots, with early preference being given to those who did not do this event last year. To reserve a spot and receive specific meetup information, email Lisa at [email protected]. $35 via PayPal, refundable only if there is someone to take your spot if you cancel. We hope you can join us!

Note January 31st: Although registration for the mini-Camino is full, you can join the group for the second day of walking 8.3 mostly flat miles from Montara Lighthouse to Half Moon Bay along the stunning San Mateo coast. Detailed route sheets will be provided. Bring your lunch or buy lunch along the way. You can park at the hostel and take a bus or Uber/Lyft from Half Moon Bay back to the hostel or carpool and drop one car in Half Moon Bay before the walk. We hope you can join us!

Sunday, April 14, 2019, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
High Point Montara Lighthouse Hostel, 8800 Cabrillo Hwy, Montara, CA

Huddart Park Hike
Saturday, June 1, 2019, 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Come join the Silicon Valley Chapter for a hike at Huddart Park in Woodside. Meet at the Woodside Elementary School at the corner of Woodside and Albion (3195 Woodside Rd, Woodside, CA). Parking is available at the school. We'll walk from the school to Huddart Park. Options of 2 miles, 4 miles, 5 miles and 9 miles round trip. Lunch afterwards at Buck's.

For trail maps and more info, go to Bring the usual-water, snacks, good hiking shoes and sunscreen. We hope you can join us!

Meet and Greet
Sunday, July 14, 2019, 3:00 - 5:00 PM

Drop by and enjoy a cup of coffee and some Camino talk with the Silicon Valley Chapter! This is a great opportunity for folks thinking about walking the Camino to chat with Camino veterans about routes, equipment, what to pack and other Camino tips. We hope you can join us!

15200 Los Gatos Blvd, Los Gatos, CA 95032

Are you interested in learning more about the Camino?
The Silicon Valley 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 Pilgrims, contact us at [email protected].

Rev 02/12/19