Wow thank you so much for the information. Those are excellent suggestions. (how did I not think of it myself haha).
I just applied to 2 facebook hiking groups in LA. I also followed the 52 challenge group in LA.
I'll be sure to pay it back by paying it forward. If you'd ever like to connect more my instagram is @xikwoketa
See you around, happy hiking and I'm sure I'll find the community I'm seeking for 🙂