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Hiking GUide Program


The Hiking Guide Course (HGC) is our entry level course designed for guides who run trips on terrain up to Class IV.

Administration and History

 Give the gift of exhilaration to your friends and family members. Gift cards are available and never expire once issued by our team.

Our Updates:

July 2017:

Winter Courses Open for Enrollment!

We have courses scheduled in the Midwest, Northeast, Mid-Atlantic and South East regions of the United States.


August 2017:

We need your help! Board members wanted!

We're actively looking for outdoor professionals to join our team. We're looking for volunteers to help move our organization into the future!

American Hiking Guides Association

Outdoor Safety Programs


From backcountry water safety to backcountry cooking safety, we've developed and set safety standards.....

Setting the standards for hiking & backpacking guide training!

Take the Next Step!

At the American Hiking Guides Association (AHGA), we're all outdoor professionals. From guide training, certification programs and guide/outfitter business consulting, we're here for you! Our curriculum was written and tested by experts in the outdoor education industry. Specifically focusing on trail based guiding, the AHGA's programs have set standards Nationally in the United States making guiding a profession and safe for any person hiring an AHGA certified guide.

Backpacking Guide Program


The Backpacking Guide/Mountain Leader program (ML) promotes the safe enjoyment of the backcountry on multi-day trips on Class I - IV terrain.