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 bros! Absolutely no diet or weight loss talk. Be mindful of gender pronouns, group dynamics, microaggressions, cultural appropriation and different physical ability levels.

December 29: Group Hike – LOW INTENSITY – Forest Park 12/29
January 6: Group hike – OAKLAND, CA – Redwood Regional Park – 1/6
January 12: Group hike – PHOENIX, AZ – Dreamy Draw – 1/12

Details for unlinked events coming soon! 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).

“Local” hikes are based in/near Portland, OR. We offer three different hiking series to suit your unique needs. All national hikes are Low Intensity.

GENERAL group hikes are 5 to 8 miles, with 1,000 to 2,000 feet elevation gain. We ask that attendees of the General group be able to hike miles with up to 500 feet of gain within 30-40 minutes. We understand that anyone can do anything with enough time and wholly support that with our other groups! With it getting dark around 4pm, this is in consideration of the group as a whole and my support leadership. If this doesn’t sound right for you, please join our Low Intensity group. We’d love to have you!

LOW 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. “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. For more hiking 101 and gear info and nerdery: https://jennybruso.com/gear-list-and-tips/

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)
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