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Located only a few hours from the beach, the mountains and the high desert, Portland is a sports and wilderness lover’s fantasy come true. In addition to regional outdoors offerings, Portland offers a wide range of hiking, biking and water sports within city limits.
Athletic Clubs and Outdoor Exploration
For group fitness in a welcoming, non-judgmental environment, drop by Prism Moves. Experienced instructors offer strength and conditioning classes seven days a week.
Whether you’re a hardcore runner, or just like long walks outdoors, Portland Frontrunners has a weekly event to help you get you r miles in. Each run, walk or trail run is followed by socializing at a local bar or brunch spot.
The Adventure Group welcomes LGTBQ+ and LGBTQ+-friendly people to their hiking, kayaking, and winter cross country skiing activities. RSVP via Meetup.com.
For multi-day outdoor adventures that may include summiting Mt. St. Helens or paddling down the Willamette River with a kayak full of camping gear, check out Wild Diversity. Most events are reserved for people who identify as LGBTQ2S+ or BIPOC.
PDX Lesbian Network organizes outdoor activities such as hiking, snowshoeing and rafting. Join their Facebook group to see upcoming events.
To truly appreciate the wilds of the Pacific Northwest, you can spend a memorable night under the stars at these scenic campsites -from rustic tent camping to cabins and yurts- all located within an easy drive from the city.
With easy access to the great outdoors, Portland is a perfect destination for hikers — explore the city’s urban walks, verdant parks and lush gardens, or escape to the nearby gorge and mountains.
When the weather heats up, folks flock to the water. For paddlers, that typically means hitting one the many rivers in and near Portland.
Gay Sports Leagues in Portland
Varsity Gay League organizes a variety of recreational sports activities throughout the year, including kickball, soccer, yoga, strength training and the occasional Mario Kart tournament. Everyone is welcome to participate regardless of sexuality, gender identity, or experience.
You can also show your support for Portland’s queer community by attending an amateur athletic event. Local leagues include:
Rosetown Ramblers (square dancing)
Portland is also the home to professional women’s soccer team The Portland Thorns FC and a women’s full-contact football team the Portland Fighting Shockwave. Portland’s roller derby team, The Rose City Rollers are three-time world champions.
Speaking of roller skating, Oaks Park hosts a Gay Skate night every third Monday of the month. There are also open skate sessions throughout the day Tuesday through Sunday. Open skate sessions are $10 per person and include skate rental.
Admission prices and event details are subject to change; please visit the Oaks Park roller rink webpage for current information.
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