Events

QPOC Hikers creates an intentional, outdoor community for queer people of color. If you are an ally and would like to join, great! We ask that you make a donation (Venmo: @Jasmine-Maisonet). If you are a slower hiker, that’s okay! We hike together, as a group. Trail difficulty is subjective. Please ask yourself if your body can handle the hike. What is your ideal milage and elevation gain? Contact Jas at qpochikers@gmail.com with any questions.


sept. 26, 2021
11AM

Mirror Lake Lunch & Hike

Location: Mirror Lake Trail, Snoqualmie Pass
Trail Info: Moderate, 3.5 miles, 688′ elevation gain

Details:
This hike will be led by Tati! 🎉

Join us for this out & back hike followed by a leisurely ramen lunch where we will prepare our meals at Mirror Lake! Please bring your favorite ramen and any fixings you would like, 2 liters of water, and utensils. Be prepared to pack out all of your trash. If you haven’t cooked in the woods before, this is a great opportunity to learn how to use backpacking stoves. Bring your own stove/small pot if you have one!

This lake is located near Snoqualmie Pass, Washington, features a small cascading waterfall, and is rated as moderate. Reviews mention a pristine alpine lake, and views of the Alpine Lakes Wilderness. The trailhead is 7 miles up a rough dirt road. If you plan on driving yourself to the trailhead, it’s best if you have a higher clearance vehicle (SUV, Subaru, etc.) but I have seen sedans make it there regularly. Due to the small trailhead parking lot, we strongly recommend carpooling with us from Snoqualmie Pass Visitor Center. The trailhead parking is about 1/3 mile from where the trail leaves the dirt road and narrows to a footpath.

Please RSVP by 9/22 to secure your spot and confirm your attendance.

Meet at the dirt parking lot outside of the Rest area/Coffee shop at Snoqualmie Pass East at 11am. From there we will carpool/caravan to the trailhead.

Dogs are welcome and must remain on leash.

What to bring:
– Face Mask
– Weather-appropriate clothing
– Sun protection
– Plenty of food
– Plenty of water
– Tupperware or Bowl with lid & eating utensils
– Ramen for lunch / packed lunch

More info:
AllTrails
WTA

OCT. 9, 2021
10AM

The Washington Park Arboretum Loop

Location: The Washington Park Arboretum, Seattle
Trail Info: Easy, 3.8 miles, 216′ elevation gain

Join us for this beautiful loop trail located near Seattle that features a lake, crosses over to Foster Island, and is good for all skill levels! The 230-acre Washington Park Arboretum offers miles of trails that wind through forests of maples, magnolias, oaks, salmonberry, and the famous Azalea Way.

Please email Jas at qpochikers@gmail.com by 10/6 to secure and confirm your attendance.

Meet at the Arboretum Visitor Center Parking Lot.
Carpooling is recommended.
Dogs are welcome and must remain on leash while on the trail.

What to bring:
– Face Mask
– Weather-appropriate clothing
– Sun protection
– Plenty of food
– Plenty of water

More info:
AllTrails
WTA


Disclaimer:
You are solely responsible for your own health and safety during any event organized by QPOC Hikers. QPOC Hikers is not liable for any injuries that may occur. By attending, you accept all risks related to the event.


Please submit this form or email Jas at qpochikers@gmail.com to attend. We’re excited to see you there!


PAST EVENTS

sept. 11, 2021
10AM

Guided Mountain Trek

Location: Crystal Mountain, Enumclaw
Trail Info: Easy/Moderate, 4.8 miles, 2500′ elevation gain

Details:
Join QPOC Hikers at Crystal Mountain Resort for a guided mountain trek! We will hike up Silver Creek Trail (easy) to Crystal Mountain Trail (moderate) and take the gondola down. You’ll learn tips and tricks to successful hiking adventures which include planning, safety, navigation and a heavy emphasis on fun! We’ll meander through ski runs, alpine meadows, creeks and lakes, and an old mining area called Jim Town! There will also be surprise giveaways from Arc’teryx!

Please RSVP by 9/8 to secure your spot and confirm your attendance. Camping is available upon request.

This is a donation-based hike with a suggested donation of $20 (Cash, Venmo, PayPal). Donations will benefit our guide and QPOC Hikers. Gondola access is included.

Meet at the Mt. Rainier Gondola
Carpooling is recommended.
Dogs are welcome and must remain on leash while on the trail and in the gondola.

What to bring:
– Face Mask
– Weather-appropriate clothing
– Sun protection
– Plenty of food
– Plenty of water

For more information about hiking at Crystal Mountain, visit: https://www.crystalmountainresort.com/things-to-do/activities/hiking

Crystal Mountain is closely following CDC and local state guidelines regarding COVID-19 to create new activities that can be enjoyed with safety as top priority. Please read our In The Know Guidebook before visiting the resort for this event.


Aug. 21, 2021
10AM

2nd Annual Backpacking Trip

Location: Barclay Lake, Baring
Trail Info: Easy, 4.3 miles, 387′ elevation gain

Details:
Join us for our 2nd annual backpacking trip! Barclay Lake Trail is an out-and-back trail near Baring, WA that features a lake and view of Baring Mountain, and is good for all skill levels! This is an ideal trail for beginner backpackers. It is rated as easy and is primarily used for hiking, backpacking, and fishing.

Please RSVP by 8/18 to secure your spot and confirm your attendance.

Meet at Mt. Baring / Barclay Lake Trailhead
Carpooling is highly recommended.
Dogs are welcome and must remain on leash while on the trail.

What to bring:
– Tent, tarp, sleeping bag, sleeping pad
– Flashlight, headlamp, lantern, extra batteries
– Axe, hammer, pocketknife
– Stove, fuel, matches, pot, pan, utensils
– Plenty of food, snacks, and water
– Bear canister or rope and bag to store food.
– Biodegradable soap and towel
– Hand/body wipes
– Cat-hole shovel, toilet paper
– Trash bag, baggies
– Bug spray
– Weather-appropriate clothing (think moisture-wicking and layers)
– Sun protection
– First-aid kit

Full list of items: REI

More Info:
AllTrails
WTA


July 24, 2021
10AM

Snoquera Falls Loop Trail

Location: Snoquera Falls Loop Trail, Enumclaw
Trail Info: Moderate, 4.4 miles, 843′ elevation gain

Details:
Join us for this out and back trail located near North Bend, WA Join us for this loop trail located near Enumclaw, Washington that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. Reviews mention a *ROCK SCRAMBLE* up to the falls that is worth the effort.

There will be a writer from the Seattle Times joining us!

Please RSVP by 7/21 to secure your spot and confirm your attendance.

Meet at Camp Sheppard Trailhead
Dogs are welcome and must remain on leash while on the trail.

What to bring:
Face Mask
Weather-appropriate clothing
Sun protection
Plenty of food
Plenty of water

More Info:
AllTrails
WTA


June 19, 2021
10AM

Cedar Butte Trail

Location: Cedar Butte Trail, North Bend
Trail Info: Moderate, 3.8 miles, 908′ elevation gain
Entry: Discover Pass required

Details:
Join us for this out and back trail located near North Bend, WA that features a view at the summit of several other peaks, including Mt. Si and Mailbox Peak. For the history buffs out there, we will pass the “Boxley Blowout,” a 1918 power dam failure that destroyed the logging community of Edgewick, with no fatalities.

Please RSVP by 6/16 to secure your spot and confirm your attendance.

Meet at Palouse to Cascades State Park Trail – Cedar Falls Trailhead
Dogs are welcome and must remain on leash while on the trail.

What to bring:
Face Mask
Weather-appropriate clothing
Sun protection
Plenty of food
Plenty of water

More Info:
AllTrails
WTA


June 5, 2021
10AM

Hike with Pride!

Location: Hamlin Park Loop Trail, Shoreline
Trail info: Easy, 2.0 miles, 200′ elevation gain

Details:
QPOC Hikers and Seattle Pride are teaming up to Hike with Pride! Grab your rainbows, Pride, and hiking boots, and come celebrate the start of Pride Month and National Trails Day! We’ll hike the Hamlin Park Loop Trail, which is a 2.0 mile lightly trafficked trail located near Seattle. It is the largest and oldest park in the city of Shoreline and is good for all skill levels.

*As a way to prioritize registration for queer people of color, we ask that anyone who does not identify as such please wait until 5/26 to register.*

Please email qpochikers@gmail.com by 6/2 to confirm your attendance.

Meet at Upper Hamlin Parking Lot.

Dogs are welcome and must remain on leash.

Bathrooms: There is one located in the park

What to bring:
Face Mask
Weather-appropriate clothing
Sun protection
Plenty o food
Plenty of water
Rainbows and your Pride!

More Info:
AllTrails
WTA


MAY 8, 2021
2PM

Hike With A Purpose

with Dania Rivas from Inclusively Outdoors

Location: Gold Creek Pond Loop, Snoqualmie
Trail Info: Easy, 1.2 miles, 45′ elevation gain

Details:
QPOC Hikers and Inclusively Outdoors, LLC are teaming up for a special event! Using hiking and nature as the scene to engage in a series of imagery-guided exercises called: Peak Experience, Meet your Saboteur, and Embrace your Inner Light/Leader, members of QPOC Hikers will be led by Dania and participate in unearthing and discovering personal values, life purpose, and fulfillment.

NOTE: This is not Therapy. The methods applied will have a coach approach. Please be advised that mental guided imagery may possibly bring memories and emotions to the surface, which can trigger trauma. It is advised that if you are easily triggered by past trauma, please have a method of self-soothing exercises in place. 

Cost:
This is a sliding-scale, donation-based event (Cash, Venmo, or Paypal). Donations will go to our guide, Dania Rivas.

*As a way to prioritize registration for queer people of color, we ask that anyone who does not identify as such please wait to register until 5/1.*

Please RSVP by 5/5 to secure your spot and confirm your attendance.

Meet at Gold Creek Pond Trailhead
Well-behaved dogs are welcome and must remain on leash at all times.

Bathrooms:
There is a restroom at the trailhead.

What to bring:
Face Mask
Weather-appropriate clothing
Sun protection
Plenty of food
Plenty of water
Journal (optional)

More Info:
AllTrails


April 22, 2021
9:30AM

Earth Day Clean Up Hike

with The Venture Out Project

Location: Birds Nest and Lookout Beach Trail, Seattle
Trail Info: Easy, 2.6 miles, 380′ elevation gain

Details:
QPOC Hikers and The Venture Out Project are teaming up for an Earth Day Clean-up Hike! We’re heading to Discovery Park and will be cleaning up the parking lot, trail, and beach. We’ll hike the Birds Nest and Lookout Beach Trail, which is a 2.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located in Discovery Park that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. We have some fun giveaways for this one so make sure you register early to secure your spot. Dogs are welcome and must remain on-leash.

Cost:
Sliding-scale donation of $5-$20
The first $500 of donations collected for day hikes throughout the year will be donated to an Indigenous Nation or Land Trust chosen by one of our instructors. Any excess will be used for TVOP’s trip scholarships.

If this donation presents a barrier, please email oliver@ventureoutproject.com to inquire about a scholarship.

*As a way to prioritize BIPOC registration, we ask that anyone who does not identify as BIPOC please wait to register until 3/29/21. Thank you.

Register Here!

Meet at Discovery Park South Parking Lot

Bathrooms:
There are port-o-potties in the parking lot at the trailhead.

What to bring:
Face Mask
Hand Sanitizer
Gloves
Trash Bag
Weather-appropriate clothing
Hiking Essentials

More Info:
AllTrails


April 10, 2021
10AM

Mud Mountain Rim Trail

Location: Mud Mountain Rim Trail, Enumclaw
Trail Info: Moderate, 6.0 miles, 295′ elevation gain

Details:
Join us for this heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Enumclaw, WA. Mud Mountain Rim Trail travels along the White River and features ancient volcanic mudflows and deposits of sediment that formed the rim of the reservoir.

Please RSVP by 4/7 to secure your spot and confirm your attendance.

Meet at Mud Mountain Dam Park
Dogs are welcome and must remain on leash while on the trail.

What to bring:
Face Mask
Weather-appropriate clothing
Sun protection
Plenty of food
Plenty of water

More Info:
AllTrails
WTA


MAR. 27, 2021
10AM

Soos Creek Trail

Location: Soos Creek Trail via Boulevard Lane Park, Renton
Trail Info: Easy/Accessible, 5.0 miles, 252′ elevation gain

Details:
Join us for this moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Renton, WA. Soos Creek Trail via Boulevard Lane Park is fully paved and accessible. It travels through wetlands and farmland and features beautiful wild flowers. This trail is good for all skill levels.

Please RSVP by 3/24 to secure your spot and confirm your attendance.

Meet at 12600 SE 192nd St, Renton, WA 98058
Dogs are welcome and must remain on leash while on the trail.

What to bring:
Face Mask
Weather-appropriate clothing
Sun protection
Plenty of food
Plenty of water

More Info:
AllTrails
WTA


Feb. 27, 2021
10aM

Lower Coal Creek Trail

Location: Lower Coal Creek Trail
Trail Info: Easy, 4.2 miles, 715′ elevation gain

Details:
Join us for this moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Bellevue. It features a river and is good for all skill levels.

Please RSVP by 2/24 to secure your spot and confirm your attendance.

Meet at Lower Coal Creek Trail Trailhead
Dogs are welcome and must remain on leash while on the trail.

More Info:
AllTrails