The Friday Five x DoorDash | Get Outdoors: BIPOC & Women-Led Hiking Groups
A new generation of activists are uniting diverse outdoors people for a common cause — spending time with Mother Nature in a way that embraces and uplifts their communities. With summer in full swing, we’ll be highlighting five hiking groups creating accepting and diverse spaces that you can get involved in today!
Angel City’s Friday Five series is presented by DoorDash.
Disabled & Outdoors | Founded by Ambika Rajyagor
Co-founded by Ambika Rajyagor, Disabled & Outdoors is a BIPOC-run online community focused on amplifying disabled voices and advocating for barrier-free excursions. Together with the AllTrails app, Disabled & Outdoors is also able to gather accessible trails data based on different disabilities — how far one can go before a trail is inaccessible, if there’s elevation changes, and more.
Hike Clerb | Founded by Evelynn Escobar-Thomas
Founded in 2017, Hike Clerb is an L.A. based intersectional womxn’s hike club and 501c(3). Inspired to take action by the lack of representation of people of color in the outdoors, Hike Clerb was born. Their mission is to equip womxn of color with the tools, resources, and experiences they need to collectively heal in nature from Los Angeles and beyond.
Indigenous Women Hike | Founded by Jolie Varela
Indigenous activist Jolie Varela founded Indigenous Women Hike after hiking Nuumu Poyo (now known as the John Muir Trail) as an act of reclamation. Through Indigenous Women Hike, Varela has led many hikes that allow Native women to reconnect with their land and experience healing through nature. On the group’s Instagram page, you can find resources on raising awareness of Indigenous issues, deconstructing colonial language, and tips for respectful travel.
Outdoor Asian | Founded by Christopher Chalaka
Outdoor Asian is on a mission to create a diverse and inclusive community of Asian & Pacific Islanders in the outdoors. On top of engaging individuals with locally-based outings and workshops, they are also focused on uplifting the stories and histories of their API community. Whether in-person or online, Outdoor Asian is accessible to all via their online communities. If you’re located in Colorado, Los Angeles, Oregon, or Vermont, check out their chapter pages here to find out how you can get involved!
Unlikely Hikers | Founded by Jenny Bruso
Unlikely Hikers is a “diverse, anti-racist, body-liberating outdoor community featuring the underrepresented outdoorsperson.” Founded by Jenny Bruso, Unlikely Hikers and Bruso often use the mantra #MyBodyTookMeHere to show others that bodies of all kinds can conquer the outdoors. While their home base is Portland, Oregon, the hiking group is open to all via their Instagram community, group hiking chapters, and podcast.