Events & Group Hikes

January 20: general group hike – Cape Horn
February 3: low intensity group hike – Tryon Creek State Natural Area
February 14: Queer Adventure Storytelling
February 17: general group Hike – Silver Falls
February 18: Eugene, Oregon – Kentucky Falls

(Details for unlinked events coming soon. All events in or near Portland, unless otherwise stated.)

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.

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 happen every other first Saturday. All of our hikes are body- & fat-positive, but this series has an even stronger emphasis on this. Slower pace, elevation gains under 300 feet and rarely exceed three miles. Open to Unlikely Hikers who specifically need trails like this.

NICE & SLOW GROUP HIKES 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 issues 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. I do these every few months or upon request. Open to Unlikely Hikers who specifically need trails like this.

If you want to join one of our hikes, 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.

If you have a special request for a barrier-free or Nice & Slow hike, please get in touch and I’ll try to make it happen! thejennybruso@gmail.com

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 more work and time than it may seem. Please consider making a donation if you use or simply want to support this special community building resource.

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