Unlikely Hikers creates safer, supportive, intentional, body-liberating outdoor experiences for hikers who might not feel welcome or comfortable in general outdoor group scenarios. We hike slowly together as a group––no hiker left behind! Before our adventure begins, we share guidelines and intentions to create the most welcoming space possible as well as a network of support around what it truly means to build community outside. For every event we lead, we make a donation to a cause that supports one of the First Nations of the land we are recreating on. Read more about how our hikes are designed below!
New group hikes & events
- February 4 – Portland, OR – at capacity
- February 5 – ACCESSIBLE – Portland, OR – at capacity
- February 18 – Tucson, AZ – registration closed
- February 19 – Albuquerque, NM – at capacity
- February 25 – San Diego, CA – at capacity
Other locations in the works: Richmond (VA), South Carolina, Atlanta (GA), Tennessee, Denver (CO), Minneapolis (MN), the Bay Area (CA), Chicago (IL), Michigan, either Ohio or Indiana and more!
Our hikes fill up fast. Stay informed ↓↓↓
How to best secure your spot:
1. Save the listed registration dates in your calendar and head directly here to register. Don’t rely on seeing events listed on social media.
2. Join our once/twice monthly newsletter to get first dibs on events (free).
3. Join our Patreon or make a monthly recurring donation via debit or credit card for 48-hour top priority registration and other membership benefits like discounts on merch, raffles, free swag.
4. On Instagram, turn on post notifications @unlikelyhikers with the little bell in the right hand corner of our profile and add us to your “favorites” list (free)
Because outdoor culture is predominantly geared toward white, cisgender, thin, non-disabled folks, we also reserve a few extra priority spots at each event for BI&POC, Trans, fat/plus-size people size 3X+ and Disabled-indentified hikers to increase access.
Our Hikes are for YOU
We’ve designed slower paced group hiking experiences generally around 3 miles with around 300 feet of gain. This does not mean “easy.” Terms like “easy” or “difficult” are relative terms that mean different things to different people. There will be hills, but we’ll climb them at our own pace and stay together as a group. No hiker left behind! All of our hikes are body- & fat-positive. Beginners* always welcome and encouraged to join! If you have never hiked before, see last paragraph.
Why “only” 3 miles+/- and 300 feet+/- gain? Because it makes our events accessible to more people and community is the core of our events. 3 miles isn’t “easy” for everyone and holding space for body diversity is what we’re all about. We also spend plenty of time standing around getting to know each other, taking pictures and eating snacks, so these events take time! We do occasionally have more “challenging” experiences and they are very clearly labeled.
We also offer ACCESSIBLE group hikes when we have the right leaders for the job. We’re hoping through our new group hiking chapters program we’ll be able to make accessible group hikes a mainstay. What does “accessible” mean? It means a lot of things! Our accessible hikes are specifically intended for those who have physical and invisible disabilities, including folks who use mobility devices, chronic pain cuties, fat folks, people who might be experimenting with new kinds of movement and beyond! Everyone is welcome to join with consideration for our varying abilities.
*Beginners, know your limits! Safety is a main concern for us and we want you to have the most fun possible. If you don’t know your physical ability for a 3 mile/300ft. gain hike, we urge you to work on that beforehand on trails near you or try one of our Accessible experiences if they’re available in your area. Not knowing your ability can create a potentially dangerous situation.
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