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.

June 13: Queer Adventure Storytelling
June 30: Group hike – General – Siouxon Creek
July 7: Group hike – Low Intensity – Balch Creek
July 29: Group hike – General – TBA

Details for unlinked events coming soon! Locations and dates change often as I am one human doing too many things! All events in or near Portland, Oregon, unless otherwise stated. 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.

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 happen more frequently. 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: patreon.com/jennybruso (monthly, recurring)
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