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California Mission Walkers

Who We Are

The California Mission Walkers are dedicated to promoting a walking route along the historic El Camino Real between the twenty-one California Spanish missions, and to supporting those who walk it. Our organization was founded in November 2013 by a handful of trailblazing mission walkers, some of whom had been pioneering a walking route since 2002. Today we have over 900 members, with nearly 100 who have walked to multiple missions, and 37 who have completed the 800+ mile walk to all twenty-one missions!

Why We Walk

The reasons we walk along the California Mission Trail are as varied as our members. Some walk for a religious or spiritual pilgrimage, some walk for a love of our historic missions, some walk for greater appreciation of California’s beauty and history, some walk to honor the memories of loved ones, some walk to think about life’s challenges, some walk for the challenge and adventure of a “California Camino”, and some walk to prepare for walking the Camino de Santiago.

The Hiker’s Guide

Ron “Butch” Briery walked the California mission trail with Beppe Sala in 2011 and wrote the guidebook, “California Mission Walk ~ The Original Hiker’s Guide to California’s 21 Missions Along El Camino Real” which he continues to keep up to date. Most mission walkers follow this guide.

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