Events & Group Hikes

Unlikely Hikers creates safer, supportive outdoor community for people underrepresented in outdoors culture. We hike together as a group. No hiker left behind! Absolutely no diet or weight loss talk. Be mindful of gender pronouns, group dynamics, microaggressions, cultural appropriation and different physical ability levels.

April 11: Queer Adventure Storytelling
April 21:
Group hike – General – Linnton Loop
May 5: Group hike – D.C.! – Rock Creek Park
May 9: Queer Adventure Storytelling
May 12: Woman Up! by, Portland Monthly
May 13: Group hike – Low Intensity – Lacamas Park
May 19: Group hike – General – Bells Mountain
June 2: Group hike – Atlanta! – tba
June 9: Group hike – Low Intensity – Forest Park
June 10: Group hike – Nice & Slow – Tualatin Hills Nature Park
June 13: Queer Adventure Storytelling
June 16: Group hike – General – Siouxon Creek

Details for unlinked events coming soon! All events in or near Portland, Oregon, unless otherwise stated. Dates are subject to change because I am one human doing too many things. (Scroll to bottom to be added to monthly e-mail list.)

GENERAL GROUP HIKES happen every third Saturday and will occasionally be challenging. They may have elevation gains higher than 500 feet and higher mileage.

LOW INTENSITY GROUP HIKES will be held the second Saturday of the month starting in June (June 9). All of our hikes are body- & fat-positive, but this series has an even stronger emphasis on this. Slower pace, elevation gains under 500 feet and usually around 3-4 miles. “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 only to Unlikely Hikers who specifically need trails like this.

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.

Would you like to see more hikes? ME TOO! Ideally, I’d do all three of these series every month. However, it takes so much work & time and they aren’t sustainable right now. Please consider donating to help make these monthly. I love thinking of the community we are building together! I don’t ask for money at events, so it is totally up to your discretion. Thank you!

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


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