To build a community of disabled people around the enjoyment of the outdoors through sharing information and stories, and advocating for the rights and representation of disabled people within the outdoors movement.
A thriving global community of disabled people who are actively engaged in the enjoyment and preservation of nature, leading to a transformed intersectional outdoors movement that embraces accessibility in all of its forms.
About the Project
Disabled Hikers is a project by disabled hikers for disabled hikers. We provide information and resources that are relevant to anyone who has disabilities, mobility limitations, or other physical and mental factors that affect their ability to access the outdoors. If you have a friend or family member that is disabled, this site is for your information too.
We invite participation from the disabled community. Our goal is to include Tales from the Trails, hike descriptions, and trail condition reports from around the country and to develop a community forum. Share your story, send us a trail report, and join us on Facebook and Instagram.
How to Use this Website
Hike descriptions include detailed information on trail conditions, elevation changes, getting to the site, wheelchair access, and other factors of accessibility. The descriptions are supplemented with a Spoon Rating which gives a general guide as to the difficulty of the trail and the effort required, with consideration for how restorative the experience may be.
To find a hike, you can navigate to the geographic area you are interested in on the menu bar (located at the top of the page on desktop or in a nested menu on mobile). The page will include excerpts from each of the hikes in that region. The excerpt will include the spoon rating, a location, and a brief description. Navigate to each post to read the full guide.
If you want to find a hike that is a certain spoon rating, that is wheelchair accessible, near a specific town, or that includes a certain feature (such as a waterfall), scroll down on this homepage to the bottom menu bar. In the center is a section labeled tags. Click on the one that matches what you are looking for (you can only select one at a time).
You can also search the website. On the right side of the menu bar is a search icon. Click there and try your search.