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3 women-only hiking groups to check out in San Antonio

The hike alone is peaceful and sometimes necessary. However, in this heat, a buddy is necessary for safety reasons. Now, if you’re like my friends and refuse to hike in the summer, there are three women-only groups I’ve hiked with before and absolutely enjoyed. Below are my suggestions:

Two colleagues recently got together and started a new walking group called City Girls Who Walk-SATX. In April, women in Manhattan took to TikTok to create City Girls Who Walk, creating events to socialize and exercise with other women.

I walked with the San Antonio Chapter in June, instantly making friends with like-minded women who love being outdoors and simple HEB meals (we love anything with pasta). The first march had only four girls, but the second had almost 50. The third had over 300 women, most of them in their early twenties to late thirties.

Walk #8 will take place at 7 p.m. on Monday, July 18 at the Tobin Park trailhead.

For more, click here or visit their Instagram at City Girls Who Walk – SATX.

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Hikerbabes walking along the Bamberger Trail at Guadalupe State Park.

Priscilla Aguirre, MySA.com

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Hikerbabes is an organization created by Monique Redmon to bring together like-minded female hikers. There are now several chapters across the country, including the city of Alamo.

Last fall, I hitchhiked with one of the local’s hosts, Connie Mosher, to hike a secluded, shaded trail at Guadalupe River State Park. The trailhead was about 40 miles north of San Antonio. The ladies were friendly, ranging from 20s to late 40s.

Hikerbabes doesn’t leave women out. If they’re heading for a tough hike, Mosher said they let the women know ahead of time what kind of obstacles they’re likely to face. Mosher also works with members on which hikes they should start with based on their skill level.

Hikers organize several hikes per week. The next hike will be at 8am on Saturday, July 16 at San Antonio Missions National Park. If you’re looking for more information, click here or join their Facebook group at Hikerbabes Community: San Antonio/Southern Texas Chapter.

I hiked with the most self-sufficient group of ladies on Saturday.

I hiked with the most self-sufficient group of ladies on Saturday.

Priscilla Aguirre, MySA.com

San Antonio Plus Size Women’s Hiking Group

The San Antonio Plus Size Women’s Hiking Group welcomes all women of all shapes, sizes, and ages. Last summer I hiked with them and felt empowered when I left. Their motto, after all, is “no woman left behind”.

Maricruz Zarate started the group in March 2019 to create a safe space where there was no pressure to step up with others. At first, Zarate said the hikes included no more than three women. After word got out, Zarate said she started seeing more women showing up, and several of them became regulars. On my hike, ages ranged from mid 20s to late 60s.

The group has several guides who organize weekly hikes. To learn more about the upcoming hike, join their Facebook group at the San Antonio Plus Sized Women’s Hiking Group. Read more about my hike with the group here.