REI Co-Op Blog: Building Community Through Group Hiking

Every group hike is a learning experience for me, even when it goes “perfectly.” Especially because I don’t lead your average group. In 2015, I created an Instagram community called Unlikely Hikers, which features those often left out of the common outdoors narrative. This includes people of color, people of size, queer, trans and gender nonbinary folks, those with differing physical abilities and people living with mental health issues. Almost immediately after its creation, people started asking how they could participate in group hikes with the Unlikely Hikers community. The thing was, I’d never actually been on one.

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Billy Goat Trail (Sections C & B)

Location: Potomac, Maryland. Originally known as Patawomeck. The ancestral home to the Patawomeck, Tutelo, Saponi, Shawnee, Ohio Valley tribes & likely more. Level: moderate Round trip/Gain: 6ish miles/200ish elevation gain Type: loop Permit: n/a So, this was my first big out of town Unlikely Hikers meet-up & group hike. It was ultimately a great experience […]

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Warrior Point

Location: Sauvie Island, Oregon. Originally known as Wappatoo Island. The ancestral home to the Multnomah Indians of the Chinook Tribe. Level: moderate Round trip/Gain: 7 miles/0ish elevation gain Type: out-and-back Permit: Fish & Wildlife permit. You can get a day pass or year round one at the Cracker Barrel store. I love Sauvie Island. It […]

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Eagle Rock

Location: Warner Springs, California Level: moderate Round trip/Gain: 6.6 miles/900ish ft. Type: out-and-back Permit: n/a There are so many things I loved about this trail. 1) It feels good hiking in/around San Diego. It’s adding so much dimension to the place I grew up in. Being a tourist in your hometown can be a good […]

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Three Things

Three very cool things I’m happy to announce: 1. I was on a podcast that I love and I feel amazing about being asked to guest! I kind of hate hearing myself talk, especially when I’m less than eloquent, but isn’t that just such a cliche thing to get hung up on? I really enjoyed […]

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Saddle Mountain

Location: near Seaside, Oregon Level: moderate Round trip/Gain: 5.2 miles/1600 ft Type: out-and-back Permit: n/a One maaaaajorly notable thing: TRAFFIC. I left Portland at 8am, and the traffic was stop-and-go there and back for many miles. I think I spent about 4.5 hours in the car round trip. If you’re in or around Portland, it’s […]

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Falls Creek Falls

Location: near Carson, Washington Permit: Northwest Forest Pass Option 1 Level: easy to falls / Beginner Level: challenging Round trip/Gain: 3.4 miles/650 ft Type: round trip Option 2 Level: moderate to top of falls Round trip/Gain: 6.3 miles/1150 ft Type: loop My mind is a little blown by this trail. I’ve been out there three […]

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Johnston Ridge Observatory

Location: Johnston Ridge Observatory, Mount St. Helens, Washington Permit: Johnston Ridge Observatory entry fee ($8). One free entry with NW Forest Pass Option 1 to viewpoint Level: easy Beginner Level: doable Round trip/Gain: 3.8 miles/400ft Type: round trip Option 2 to Harry’s Ridge Level: moderate Round trip/Gain: 8 miles/1000ft Type: round trip That first view […]

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Enchanted Valley Trail to Pony Bridge

Location: Quinault, Olympic National Park, Washington Level: easy / Beginner Level: challenging Round trip/Gain: 5 miles/500ft Type: round trip Permit: Olympic National Park entrance fee or America the Beautiful pass I guess all trails in ONP are big backpacking trails and I’m super bummed that another summer has gone by where I couldn’t get my […]

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