Our Trails Too

As anyone who's recently been on a trail in the Pacific Northwest can attest, hiking, backpacking, and camping in Oregon and Washington are more popular than ever. But as trailheads within driving distance of Portland become crammed with a very specific kind of hiker—day-trippers with selfie sticks and still-creased Patagonia gear—something else is becoming evident: America's outdoor recreation is white. The half-hour documentary Our Trails Too profiles Mercy Shammah, a queer African American woman in Portland and the founder of Wild Diversity, a nonprofit working to create outdoor experiences that are more inclusive to groups that've traditionally been left out of the culture and industry of outdoor recreation—particularly LGBTQ+ individuals and people of color.

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Film Credits
Director
Liz Haan