“Black Girls Hike” Provides Community On The Trail

(NBC News) A hiking group created to help women focus on wellness and heart health has exploded in popularity.

The group, “Black Girls Hike,” is particularly focused on African-American women, who have the highest rate for cardiovascular disease.

Friends Jessica Newton and Portia Prescott said they founded the group after they discovered they had a mutual appreciation for the outdoors.

Newton said the group has hikers of all ages, backgrounds and fitness levels.

“It’s just a social, almost like a nature, sacred, women collaborative thing. Because you have some women who are spiritual and some women who are logical engineers,” Newton said. “You have some women who work for the government, so they are able to find each other on the trail.”

Newton scouts trails ahead of posting them on Meetup.com or social media.

“Scouting is highly important,” Newton said.

Newton, a Colorado native, recently hiked the Mesa Trail in Red Rocks Canyon Open Space in Colorado Springs on one such scouting excursion.

“We need to know the level of difficulty, the gradient of the hill — the type of trail. Is it rocky, is it smooth, is it wood, is it just grass, is it muddy?” she said.

Despite the name, Black Girls Hike is open to women of all ethnicities.

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