Membership Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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What are the differences between the various levels of membership?

All members receive the same benefits no matter at which level they join. American Hiking’s various membership levels provide an opportunity to maximize support. Members who donate $500 or more in a fiscal year become members of American Hiking Society’s Presidents Council and receive special recognition in our Annual Report.

Why do you ask for my e-mail address and what do you do with it?

If you share your e-mail address with us you will receive your first renewal notification via e-mail, saving natural resources and money that can otherwise be used to support hiking. American Hiking Society will never rent, exchange, or sell your e-mail address.

Does American Hiking Society lead any hikes that I can go on?

American Hiking Society is primarily an advocacy organization. That is, we focus on trail building and maintenance, trail funding, legislative issues that affect hiking, and work with federal agencies such as the Bureau of Land Management on hiking issues.

For what does American Hiking Society use my membership dues?

Your membership dues are used to further the programs of American Hiking Society. This means your dues help to recruit and organize volunteers to build and maintain trails across America, speak up for hikers and trails in the halls of Congress and with various federal agencies, support National Trails Day®, and help local hiking and trail clubs with organizational and complex land issues.

What portion of my membership dues is tax-deductible?

American Hiking Society is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, donations to which are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law. Your membership dues are tax-deductible minus $10 for Backpacker magazine.

Are members who reside outside the US eligible to receive Backpacker magazine?

Unfortunately, no. Backpacker magazine is only available to members who reside in the US.

Who do I contact with questions or concerns regarding my membership?

Please contact our Peter Olsen at 1-800-972-8608 ext. 205.