American Long Distance Hiking Association - West

What the “Ruck”?

Ruck is the German word for Backpacking, and has been used through the trail community as a name for an event that helps you get out and backpack.

This day-long event is designed for all sorts of backpackers (from novice to expert) to prepare themselves for the hiking season. The primary focus is on attendees looking to set out on their first long distance hike be it on the Camino de Santiago, Pacific Crest, Continental Divide, Timberline, Wonderland, or John Muir Trail.

Whether you are on trail for a few days or several months, if you’re hiking this summer, this is the event to attend! In 2018, ALDHA-West will be hosting Rucks in Idaho, Oregon, California and Colorado. See each event link for more information.


NorCal Ruck
Oakland, CA
January 26, 2019

Cascade Ruck
Stevenson, WA
February 23, 2019

Colorado Rockies Ruck
Golden, CO
March 9, 2019 (tentative)

Bellingham Ruck
Bellingham, WA
March 26, 2019 

Inland NW Ruck
Coeur d'Alene, ID
April 6, 2019 (tentative)


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