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 together as a group. No hiker left behind! No bros! Absolutely no diet or weight loss talk. Be mindful of gender pronouns, group dynamics, microaggressions, cultural appropriation and different physical ability levels.

August 18: Group hike – Low Intensity – *Location Change* Cape Lookout
September 1: Group hike – SEATTLE, WA!
September 8: Group evening KAYAK! – Scappoose Bay – Sep. 8th
September 9: Group hike – Nice & Slow – Salmon Creek Greenway Trail
September 15: 
Group hike – Denver/Boulder! – Sep. 15
September 22: Group Hike – General – Falls Creek Falls
September 29:
Outessa Fest – Patuxent, MD
September 30: 
Group hike – D.C.! – tba w/Brown People Camping!
October 6: Group hike – Low Intensity – tba
October 13: Group hike – General – Dry Creek Falls
October 16-18: SHIFT
October 19-21: LGBTQ Outdoor Summit
October 27: Group hike – LA, CA! – tba
November 17: Group hike – OAKLAND, CA! – tba
December 1: Group hike – SAN DIEGO, CA! – tba

Details for unlinked events coming soon! All events in or near Portland, Oregon, unless otherwise stated. Locations and dates are always subject to change. If you’d like notifications of upcoming hikes, sign up on the menu tool bar above to follow (yes, even if you did in the past. I had problems with the service I was using).

GENERAL group hikes happen every third Saturday (usually). These hikes are more than 5 miles, with more than 500 feet of elevation gain.

LOW INTENSITY group hikes are slower paced with elevation gains under 500 feet and usually around 3-4 miles. Low Intensity does not mean “easy!” There will be hills! All of our hikes are body- & fat-positive, but this series has an even stronger emphasis on this. “General” hikers are welcome as long as they are mindful of the group pace. Beginners welcome!

NICE & SLOW group hikes happen quarterly, or upon request, and tend to be two miles or less, 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. Low 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:  thejennybruso@gmail.com.

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.

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: patreon.com/jennybruso (monthly, recurring)
If you’d like notifications of upcoming hikes, sign up on the menu tool bar above to follow (yes, even if you did in the past. I had problems with the service I was using).
You can read some of my thoughts on group hiking here and get a good idea of what you’re in for: https://www.rei.com/blog/hike/building-community-through-group-hiking
For more hiking 101 and gear info and nerdery: https://jennybruso.com/gear-list-and-tips/