Founded in 1919, the CU Hiking Club has built a community for students who wish to visit and explore the various wilderness areas in and around Boulder, CO. From casual hikers to advanced backpackers, the club strives to create a forum for people to meet and explore together. We lead both day-hikes and overnight trips nearly every weekend throughout the school year, no matter fall, winter, or spring! The club is run by a passionate group of Officers, who care deeply about their members' physical and mental success, while working to carry on over 100 years of tradition.
For more information about the club, check out our Membership Guide!
What is the CU hiking club?
The CU Hiking Club is a group of hikers, backpackers and adventure-lovers that come together to explore the areas around Boulder! We lead trips every weekend of various difficulty and hold weekly social hours for members to get together and socialize.
How do i join?
First, sign up for our email list! Almost all of our information is communicated via our weekly emails. Then, stop by our virtual office, not UMC 443, during Office Hours to sign the membership waiver and pay your dues.
how do i sign up for emails?
Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Leave the subject line blank.
In the body of the message, type: subscribe cuhc Your Full Name.
subscribe cuhc Yusuf Pathan
how much does a membership cost?
Membership dues are:
Do i have to be a student to join?
No, anyone associated with the University of Colorado can join!
Where are you located?
Our office is in UMC 443 (on the fourth floor of the University Memorial Center on campus). Come by during office hours to say hi! You can find our Office Hours schedule here. Please note, we are not meeting in-person this semester.
What are some membership perks?
what events do you have?
We have trips almost every weekend during the semester, as well as fall and spring break trips and the annual Hut Trip during winter break. For more trip details, visit our Trips page. We also hold Social Hour every Wednesday or Thursday at 8:30pm virtually, this is a great way to meet other members!
how do i get on a trip?
We send out trip emails every Sunday before the trip with information on how to apply. Please answer every question in the email (feel free to ask your own too). Typically, we have asked that you send a creative email to the trip leaders that answers their questions and shows your interest. A good email will greatly increase your chances of getting on a trip!
I didn't get on a trip. Now what?
Don't fret! CUHC trips can get very competitive. Be sure to mention in your next email application that you were rejected and come to our Social Hours and Office Hours to meet the officers and other members!
Can i apply for a trip without being a member?
Yes! You may send an email application for a trip before you are an official CUHC member. Just be sure to mention this in your email, and stop by our office to become a member before the trip.
when are office hours?
All of our Officers hold weekly Office Hours. You can find the schedule here. Please keep in mind that we are students that have class during the week, so we may leave 10 minutes prior to the start of the hour.
how much do trips cost?
Trips vary in price depending on the length and destination. Most weekend trips cost $10-20, not including gas. Break trips can cost up to $100. At CUHC, everyone pitches in for gas as well.
how do i become an officer?
If you're interested in becoming an officer, talk to one of the executives during their office hours. They can give you more information on what is required and how you can get started! We are always looking for new officers.
Our amazing officers are here to help you get outdoors! The club is run by three Executive Officers who handle administrative tasks, club organization, and outreach. Officers organize the weekly trips that the club runs... including food, logistics, rides, and gear, while being sure that everyone on the trip has an awesome time! All of our officers have some level of medical training, whether that's WFR, WFA, WEMT, or basic first aid. We work together to make sure your trip is fun, safe and memorable!
Disclaimer: CUHC Officers are not professional guides and are not paid. We are simply here because we love CUHC!
Interested in becoming an officer? Stop by our Office Hours to chat!
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