CAC & CACF Friends & Affiliates

Partners: Two+ Heads Are Better Than One

Since 1913, members of the California Alpine Club have actively supported other California-based and national outdoor associations. Today, many CAC members belong to the Tamalpais Conservation Club, Friends of Mt. Tam, Mountain Play Association, and local branches of the national Sierra Club, to name a few.

With the purchase in 1952 of Echo Summit Lodge on the southern rim of the Lake Tahoe Basin, the California Alpine Club began an ongoing relationship with the U.S. Forest Service, El Dorado County, Pacific Crest Trail Association, and other Sierra Nevada conservation and recreation concerns.

Our CAC Foundation, founded in 2004, gives small grants—typically up to $2,000, yet sometimes more—to many local conservation and outdoor education projects that benefit the communities in which we live.

California Alpine Club Friends & Affiliates

We have provided leadership and hospitality services for thousands of hikers, and partnered with responsible organizations in the past 100 years, and shall continue to do so! Some partners include:


Mountain Play … Great Annual Outdoor Theatre Productions on Mt. Tamalpais

Bay Nature … Exploring Nature in the San Francisco Bay Area

California State Parks Foundation … Your Voice for Parks

Tamalpais Conservation Club … Guardians of the Mountain (Mt. Tamalpais), since 1912

U.S. Forest Service … United States Department of Agriculture

Pacific Crest Trail Association … from Mexico to Canada

CSP rangerFriends of Mt Tam … Helping you enjoy your state park

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California Alpine Club Foundation Grant Recipients

See California Alpine Club Foundation.

Federation of Western Outdoor Clubs (FWOC)

The Federation of Western Outdoor Clubs was established in 1932 as a coalition of conservation organizations … and the California Alpine Club was one of the original members. The FWOC promotes the proper use and protection of scenic, wilderness, and outdoor recreation resources in the western United States. It seeks to secure wilderness in state and national public lands, and to acquire land for wildlife refuges. The FWOC is composed of approximately fifty grass-roots clubs, for a combined membership of ~500,000. Dues are $10 a year.

One of the great benefits of CAC’s affiliation with the other FWOC clubs is a “reciprocity” provision whereby some member-benefits of other clubs are extended to CAC members. For example, the Mazamas Mountaineering Club in Oregon owns and maintains a mountain lodge near Government Camp on Mt. Hood, 50 miles east of Portland. This lodge is open year-round, with a manager in residence. Meals and bunkhouse lodging and a few private room accommodations are available for club members and their guests—including members of affiliate clubs in the FWOC. The club also hosts special hikes and offers mountaineer training which is also extended to affiliate FWOC members, when available. Think about bagging one of Oregon’s six 10,000-footers … Mt Hood is one of those peaks.

Federation of Western Outdoors Clubs (FWOC) Member Clubs

Angora Hiking Club … Astoria, Oregon

California Alpine Club … since 1913, and the CAC Foundation, Mill Valley, California

Cascadians … since 1920, Yakima, Washington

Chinook Trail Association … Columbia River Gorge, Washington

Contra Costa Hills Club … “Plant A Seed, Grow A Tree”, El Cerrito, California

Friends of Discovery Park … Seattle, Washington

dr2_chemeketansChemeketans … since 1928, Salem, Oregon

Friends of Mt. Hood … Central Oregon, Hood River, Oregon

Friends of Nevada Wilderness … preserving and protecting Nevada’s public lands

Friends of the Columbia Gorge … since 1980, Portland, Oregon

Great Old Broads for Wilderness … Preserving Wilderness for Future Generations

Hobnailers … since 1951, Spokane, Washington (re: Inland Northwest Trails Coalition)

Indian Creek Botanical Mission … Selma, Oregon

Klahhane Club … since 1915, Olympic Peninsula, Washington

Klamath-Siskiyou Wildlands Center … protecting the wild places of Northern California and Southern Oregon

Marin Canoe and Kayak Club … fun for paddlers of all ages, San Francisco Bay Area, California

dr2_MazamasMazamas … promotes mountaineering through education, climbing, hiking, fellowship, safety and the protection of mountain environments, Portland, Oregon

Montana Wilderness Association … since 1958, protecting Montana’s wilderness heritage

Mt. St. Helens Club … since 1930, sharing love of the Pacific Northwest outdoorsdr2_Mountaineers

Olympian’s Hiking Club … since 1920, Hoquiam, Washington

Oregon Nordic Club … promotes Nordic activities, with 10 local chapters

dr2_obsidiansObsidians … since 1927, Eugene, Oregon

Santiam Alpine Club … since 1959, promotes Pacific Northwest mountain climbing

Sequoia ForestKeeper … the eyes, ears and voice of the Giant Sequoia National Monument

Sierra Club, Angeles Chapter … serving Los Angeles and Orange counties

Sierra Club, Kern-Kaweah Chapter … serving Kern, Kings and Tulare counties

dr2_SierraClubSierra Club, Mother Lode Chapter … serving 24 counties in Northern and Central California

Sierra Club, Oregon Chapter … serving 5 Sierra Club Groups throughout Oregon

Sierra Club, Toiyabe Chapter … serving eastern California and the state of Nevada

Siskiyou Audubon Society … to preserve and restore wildlife habitats, Grants Pass, Oregon

Siskiyou Field Institute … field-based natural history classes in the Klamath-Siskiyou Mountains, Oregon

Skagit Alpine Club … outdoor enthusiasts of the North Cascade Mountains, Washington

Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance … to preserve Utah’s remaining desert “Red Rock Wilderness” lands

Tamalpais Conservation Club … since 1912, to promote sustainable recreation, open space acquisition, and conservation of Mt. Tamalpais wildlife and environs, Marin County, California

dr2_touristclubThe Mountaineers … since 1906, preservation and enjoyment of the Pacific Northwest outdoors, Seattle, Washington

Tourist Club, San Francisco … since 1912, the San Francisco branch of Nature Friends of California, a chapter of the worldwide Friends of Nature

dr2_TrailsClubTrails Club of Oregon … since 1915, promoting outdoor recreation around Mt. Hood and the Columbia Gorge

Washington Alpine Club … since 1916, promoting mountaineering and 4-season recreation in Oregon and Washington state wilderness areas

Wilderness Watch … to defend and keep wild the nation’s 110 million-acre National Wilderness Preservation System

Willapa Hills Audubon Society … serving Cowlitz County, Wahkiakum County and all parts south of South Bend in Pacific County in Southwest Washington as well as parts of Columbia County in Northwest Oregon

Winter Wildlands Alliance … to promote and preserve human-powered snowsports experiences on public lands throughout the West