Events & Group Hikes

Unlikely Hikers creates safer, supportive, intentional, body-positive outdoor community for people underrepresented in outdoors culture (people of color, people of size, trans, queer and beyond). We hike slowly together as a group. No hiker left behind! No fitness bros! Absolutely no diet or weight loss talk. Be mindful of gender pronouns, group dynamics, microaggressions, cultural appropriation and different physical ability levels.

June 8: Portland, OR – LOWER INTENSITY – Drift Creek Falls
June 22: SEATTLE, WA – Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland
June 29: Portland, OR – ACCESSIBLE – Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge
July 27: MT. RAINIER, WA – tba

We won’t be having any more hikes until September… Or so I say. Details for unlinked events coming soon! RSVPS close at 6pm the day prior to the hike! Locations and dates are always subject to change. If you’d like notifications of upcoming hikes, sign up on the menu tool bar to “follow” (yes, even if you did in the past. I had problems with the service I was using).

We offer three different hiking series to suit your unique needs. All national hikes are Lower Intensity.

LOWER INTENSITY group hikes are slower paced with elevation gains under 500 feet and less than five miles. Low Intensity does not mean “easy!” There will be hills, but we’ll climb them at our own pace. All of our hikes are body- & fat-positive, but this series has an even stronger emphasis on this. Higher Intensity hikers are welcome as long as they are mindful of the group pace. Beginners welcome!

HIGHER INTENSITY (fka General) group hikes are 5 to 8 miles, with 1,000 to 2,000 feet elevation gain. With consideration for all of our hikers, my support staff and higher mileage, we ask attendees of the Higher Intensity group be able to hike miles with up to 500 feet of gain within 30-40 minutes. We understand anyone can do anything with enough time and wholly support that with our other groups. If this doesn’t sound right for you, please join our Lower Intensity group. We’d love to have you!

ACCESSIBLE (fka Nice & Slow) group hikes happen quarterly, or upon request, and tend to be two miles or less, suitable for folks who use mobility devices, with little to no elevation gain. These are specifically intended for those who want to get out into nature, but have physical or health matters that may limit movement (chronic pain cuties, fat folks, people who might be exercising for the first time and/or people who may have vulnerabilities that require emotional support). All of our hikes are body- & fat-positive, but this series has an even stronger emphasis on this. Open to Unlikely Hikers who specifically need trails like this. Lower Intensity hikers are welcome as long as they are mindful of the group pace.

BEFORE JOINING ONE OF OUR HIKES, ask yourself, “how does my body like to hike?” No hike is “one size fits all” and choosing the wrong trail could potentially harm you. What is your ideal mileage? Elevation gain? If you have any questions about picking the right group for you, shoot me an e-mail:

Here’s more information on what Unlikely Hikers is about. You can also read more about the structure of our hikes here: REI Co-Op Blog: Building Community Through Group Hiking. For more hiking 101 and gear info and nerdery:

Help support our hikes by donating to sustain them and to reimburse our carpool drivers. I love thinking of the community we are building together! Thank you!

Venmo: @jenny-bruso
Patreon: (monthly, recurring)