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Northern California Chapter


San Francisco, CA 94102

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The regional chapter for Northern California, centered on the San  Francisco Bay Area, was established in January 2011.

Our purpose is to keep participants connected to the Camino and to introduce new people to the phenomenon. For more information, contact chapter coordinators Guy Joaquin and Laurie Ferris at


We schedule monthly hikes and walks, potlucks, intro to the Camino presentations, special talks, and more.

Follow this link to view the Local Chapters video on YouTube.

Browse our email campaign archive for past announcements and to subscribe to our chapter mailing list. Join our chapter Facebook group to stay up-to-date and learn about other events happening beyond our chapter.

We have chapter shirts and sweatshirts available through Follow this link to order your chapter shirt.


We have an ongoing walk around Lake Merritt in Oakland. First Saturday of the month. 10:30 AM to Noon-ish. 3.5 miles. Rain or shine. Meet at the Lake Merritt Columns (aka Pergola). No RSVP is required – just show up!


Chapter Videos

Visit and subscribe to our chapter YouTube channel! We have a growing collection of videos of our walks and hikes, special events and informative presentations on the Camino, including route overviews and our introductory "Camino 101" series.

Other Videos

More Resources

Our 2018 Welcome Home Potluck included a presentation on "Returning Home: The Journey Continues."

Our 2017 Welcome Home Potluck included slide presentations on Camino routes “Beyond the Francés."


Chapter Library

As a benefit of American Pilgrims membership, current chapter members are welcome to borrow items from our library for free. Our collection includes 25+ books, 10+ films, games and a Camino map. Go to our chapter library request page to see what's available and for info on how to check out items.

Mentor Program

If you're 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. Email us at

Member Blogs and Websites

Laurie Ferris maintains a blog dedicated to planning for the Camino and sharing stories about the pilgrim's journey. In addition, she publishes a curated Camino events and hikes roundup every month.

San Franciscan Mike Miller has written a blog about his Camino experiences on the Portugués, Francés, Primitivo and Finisterre.


Rev. 03/22/2024