Welcome to Wild Diversity! Outdoor Adventures for POC & LGBTQ Communities

Welcome to Wild Diversity! Outdoor Adventures for POC & LGBTQ Communities

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Wild Diversity is a project that elevates Black, Indigenous, all People of Color & the LGBTQ community in the outdoors. We also offer resources and programing to queer youth, youth of color and low income youth. We are here to provide a safe and welcoming space for our community to explore outdoor adventures in the Pacific Northwest and beyond.

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Proud to be fiscally sponsored by the Venture Out Project. This means donations are tax-deductible!

Multi-Day Trips

People lounge on a hammock while steak, grilled chicken, and zucchini cook on an open camp fire.

Smith Rock Road Trip

March 22-24th

Have you ever wanted to explore the beauties of central Oregon but haven’t quite gotten around to getting there? Have you heard that only rock climbers go to Smith Rock? Have you seen the beautiful pictures of skyscraper rocks and beautiful rivers? Well this is the time to join your community in the high desert! Wild Diversity is heading to Central Oregon to explore this beautiful area by foot and show you that this land is for those who want to take in nature in many ways. 


This road car camping trip is for the Queer, Trans, Non-binary & Black, Indigenous & all POC (BIPOC) community!  Designed to create your own adventure, we will road trip down to Central Oregon where you will find yourself in the beauty of the High Desert in the land of the Molalla People, colonially known as Smith Rock State Park. You will learn the basic skills of smart packing, history of the land, responsible car camp set up, front-country cooking, and how to sleep warmly under the stars - or a tent. We will go day hiking on different level hikes you can participate in or hang by the river! This trip is a great opportunity for all experience levels to enjoy minimalist car camping and gain knowledge and confidence in exploring the high desert of Oregon.

Location: Ochoco National Forest, Oregon - Skull Hollow Campground

Meeting Location: Leaven Community Center Portland, OR

Start Date: March 22, 2019 

Meeting Time: Friday March 22, 2019 at 9am - we will meet & greet; check gear out, Q&A

End Date: March 24, 2019
End Time: 6pm - we anticipate being back in Portland at this time or earlier

Cost: $150 (reduction cost scholarships available)

Includes: Transportation to campsite, permits, food, backpacks, sleeping bags, tents, stoves, bowls, utensils.
Closest Airport: Portland International Airport (PDX)

Doesn't Include: Personal clothing, boots, toiletries, flights - please ask us about our Gear Library, we have limited options available for various outfitting.
Led By: Adrian & Mercy

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Snow Camping

April 5-7th

There is so much beauty in the winter season, its time to breakout of your den and see for yourself! This Snow Camping trip will be a fun fill weekend of creating, exploring and building. We will snowshoe in about a mile with our gear loaded onto pulks (sleds for hauling gear). We will build a variety of snow shelters igloos, dugloos and snow trenches for our night in the snow. Yes, we are sleeping on the snow! You will also learn basic backcountry camping and cooking techniques.


Friday Evening: We will meet & greet; pack our gear and put our pulks together. No overnight on Friday.

Saturday Morning: We will return and set out to Wy'east for our overnight adventure.

Sunday Afternoon: We will return to Portland.


This trip is a great opportunity for all experience levels to enjoy snow camping and gain knowledge and confidence. This event is open to BIPOC (Black, Indigenous , People of Color) as well as queer and trans folx. We are reserving half of all the spot for BIPOC folx so you will notice our multiple ticketing options when you register.


Camping Location: Bennet Pass

Meeting Location: Leaven Community 5431 NE 20thAve, Portland, OR

PreTrip Prep: Friday, April 5th

Start Date: Sat, April 6th, 2019

Meeting Time: 8am

End Date: Feb 10, 2019

End Time: 3pm

Closest Airport: Portland, International

Cost: $250

Includes: Transportation to trailhead, food, packs, pulks, sleeping bags, stoves, bowls, utensils.

You need to bring: Personal clothing, boots, toiletries. A detailed list will be sent out with your registration confirmation. Wild Diversity's gear library has limited selection personal of clothing and boots available to borrow for this trip. Please let us know in advance if you hope to utilize our clothing and boots.

Trip Leaders: Iggy & Adrian

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Racetrack Backpacking Trip

April 13-14th

This trip is for those wishing to challenge themselves on an overnight backpacking trip. We will travel to nearby Carson, Washington travel into Indian Heaven Wilderness and set up basecamp and have plenty of time to share knowledge and replenish our bodies. The next morning we will set out for our day hike up to Red Mountain Fire Lookout, take in the views of Mt. Hood, Mt. Adam's, Mt. Rainier, and Mt. St. Helen's. This trip is for all LGBTQ+ and BIPOC communities.


Who: LGBTQ+ and Black, Indigenous, People of Color What: Challenge Backpack Location: Indian Heaven Wilderness 

Pre-trip meet up @ Leaven: Friday, April 12 we will meet & greet; check gear out, safety review, Q&A 

Start Date Meeting Time: Saturday April 13, 2019 at 8am -leave for trailhead 

End Date: April 14, 2019  

End Time: 6pm - we anticipate being back in Portland at this time or earlier  

Cost: $200 (reduction cost scholarships available)  

Includes: Transportation to trail, food, backpacks, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, tents, stoves, bowls, utensils 

Closest Airport: Portland International Airport (PDX)  Doesn't Include: Personal clothing, boots, toiletries, flights - please ask us about our Gear Library, we have limited options available for various outfitting.

Indian Racetrack Backpacking Trip

Start point: Falls Creek Horse Camp Trailhead Road
End Point: Indian Racetrack

Day Hike- Red Mountain Fire Lookout
Distance: 5 miles
Hike type: Out-and-back
Elevation gain: 760 feet not including day hike
High Point: 4350 feet

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QTBIPOC Backpacking Trip

May 17-19th

Wild Diversity and BARK are partnering for an unforgettable backpacking trip for the Queer, Trans, Non-binary, Two-Spirit BIPOC community & the Black, Indigenous, People of Color community! During this two-night trip we will explore the complex forest on the eastern shoulder of Mt. Hood National Forest, within the White River watershed. 


This trip is designed for the beginner backpacker and seasoned hiker (no prior experience needed). We will explore many aspects of forest ecology including history of fire, impact of commercial logging, presence of endangered spotted owls, gray wolves, and other sensitive animals and plants of place, native plant identification, the circumstances around federally managed public lands, and history of the land. We will explore how road building, commercial logging, and fire suppression alter landscape and the forest’s resiliency to the changing climate.

We will share the basics of backpacking and you will learn skills of packing, map reading, camp set up, backcountry cooking, leave no trace and shelter building sleeping under the stars while sharing space with your community and thinking about how we, as a species can recover collectively from the time we are in. 


Who: BIPOC, QTBIPOC Exclusive

Location: White River/Barlow Rd in Mt. Hood National Forest

Meeting Location: Leaven Community Center Portland, OR

Start Date: May 17, 2019 

Meeting Time: Friday May 17, 2019 at 9am - we will meet & greet; check gear out, Q&A

End Date: May 19, 2019
End Time: 6pm - we anticipate being back in Portland at this time or earlier

Cost: $200 (reduction cost scholarships available)

Includes: Transportation to trail, food, backpacks, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, tents, stoves, bowls, utensils
Closest Airport: Portland International Airport (PDX)

Doesn't Include: Personal clothing, boots, toiletries, flights - please ask us about our Gear Library, we have limited options available for various outfitting.

Led By: Courtney Rae (BARK), Mercy M’Fon & Adrian Martinez 

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Duffy Lake Backpack

May 25-26th

On  this beautiful late May trip, we will backpack through Mt. Jefferson Wilderness to Duffy Lake. This trip is designed for the seasoned hiker  or the absolute beginner. You’ll learn the foundational skills of  packing, map reading, camp set-up, backcountry cooking, and if you want,  hammock camping and sleep under the stars! You will have plenty of  downtime for hammocking, reading, swimming, day hikes, and building  community. 


Location: Duffy Lake, Mt. Jefferson Wilderness  

Meeting Location: Leaven Community Center Portland, OR  

Start Date: May 25, 2019   

PreTrip Time: Thursday May 23, 2019 at 530pm - meet & greet; check gear out, safety, Q&A  

End Date: May 26, 2019 End Time: 5pm - we anticipate being back in Portland at this time or earlier  

Cost: $200 (reduction cost scholarships available)  

Includes: Transportation to campsite, permits, food, backpacks, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, tents, stoves, bowls, utensils. 

Closest Airport: Portland International Airport (PDX)  

Doesn't Include: Personal clothing, boots, toiletries, flights - please ask us about our Gear Library, we have limited options available for various outfitting. 

Led By: Adrian & Mercy


Start point: Duffy Lake Trailhead
End point: Duffy Lake
Hike Type: Out-and-back
Distance: 6.8 miles
Elevation gain: 800 feet

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Acker Lake Loop - QTBIPOC Exclusive

July 26-28th

We  are so excited to offer this trip again! This trip is for the Queer,  Trans, Non-Binary, Two-Spirit, Black, Indigenous, and People of Color  Community. We will backpack through the Indian Heaven Lakes and camp  waterside near beautiful Blue Lake in the Gifford Pinchot forest. This trip is designed for the seasoned hiker or the absolute beginner.  You will learn backpacking 101, and have plenty of downtime for hammocking, reading, swimming, conversations about our existence under the stars! 


Location: Acker Lake, Gifford Pinchot 

Meeting Location: Leaven Community Center Portland, OR

Start Date: July 26, 2019 

PreTrip Time: Thursday July 25, 2019 at 530pm - meet & greet; check gear out, safety, Q&A

End Date: July 28, 2019

End Time: 5pm - we anticipate being back in Portland at this time or earlier

Cost: $200 (reduction cost scholarships available)

Includes: Transportation to campsite, permits, food, backpacks, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, tents, stoves, bowls, utensils.

Closest Airport: Portland International Airport (PDX)

Doesn't  Include: Personal  clothing, boots, toiletries, flights - please ask us  about our Gear  Library, we have limited options available for various  outfitting.

Led By: Adrian & Mercy 


Start point: Thomas Lake Trailhead

End point: Bear Lake

Trail Log: Trail Log

Hike Type: Loop

Distance: 10.1 miles

Elevation gain: 860 feet

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Day Trips & Workshops

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Bird Walk at Audubon Sanctuary

April 20th

Greg Smith, trip leader and expert birder, and Sam DeJarnett, Portland Audubon's education animal coordinator, invite you to a fun and unique birding adventure.  Learn the science of animal rehabilitation and bird biology when you meet one of our native education birds up close and personal, then take a hike in the Audubon Sanctuary where we will seek out an array of woodpeckers, forest birds and early spring migrants. Beginners welcome, binoculars available!


This event is reserved for People of Color and the LGBTQ Community.

Bird Walk Location: Audubon Sanctuary
Meeting Location: Leaven Community Center
Start Date: Saturday, April 20th
Meeting Time: 8:30AM
End Time: 12:30PM
Cost: Sliding Scale $5-$35 Donation

You’ll Need to Bring:
- Dress similar for a hike: hiking boots, warm layers, rain jacket/pants, warm gloves, warm hat as needed
- Bring a packed lunch and snack as there will be no scheduled stops.

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