Group Hikes & Events

Unlikely Hikers creates safer, supportive, intentional, body-positive outdoor experiences for hikers looking for community who might not feel welcome or comfortable in most 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 by sharing pronouns, prohibiting body-negative talk, doing a land acknowledgement (+ donating to the Indigenous tribes who steward the land) and creating a network of support around what it truly means to build community outside. Read more about how our hikes are designed below!

New group hikes & events

July 3, 2021: We are slowly rolling out new group hikes along with our currently developing group hiking chapters. Stay tuned for more info on that!

Because group capacity is extremely limited due to the pandemic, and our community is so big, event info won’t be available online for all to see the way it used to be.

Upcoming locations: San Diego, Los Angeles, Tacoma (WA) and we’re working on more as our chapters develop.

There are a few ways to find out about group hikes:

1. To be the very first to know about dates and locations, join our Patreon, a monthly donation platform with membership benefits.

2. Join our 1-2 times monthly newsletter to get first dibs on events (free).

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3. Make a monthly donation via debit or credit card in support of our new group hiking chapters & Ambassador Program and we’ll keep you in the know!

4. Past attendees will be emailed about upcoming events in their area (free)!

5. Pay attention to our Instagram stories (free)!

We’ve designed slower paced group hiking experiences generally around 3 miles with around 300 feet of gain. This does not mean “easy.” 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 who know their limits welcome.*

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 ability levels.

*Knowing your limits: safety is a major concern for us and we want you to have fun. 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 first if they’re available in your area. Not knowing your ability can create a potentially dangerous situation.

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