CANCELLED Group Hike and Gathering: Marymere Falls, Olympic National Park

I am, of course, canceling our gathering on March 28. This was the obvious but difficult decision because our gatherings are small, our members mindful, and for many it is the only time they feel safe and supported in going outdoors. So I didn’t want to cancel without offering another way to connect. Many sick and disabled folks experience social isolation all of the time, so this period of community isolation is even more difficult.

I’m exploring ways to offer virtual “campfire” chats for the community. This would allow folks from anywhere to connect in real time. Subscribe to the website or follow on social media for updates.

Celebrate Disabled Hikers’ second anniversary at a gathering and group hike at Lake Crescent and Marymere Falls in Olympic National Park! We will have a picnic at the lake and hike at Marymere Falls. This trail is not fully wheelchair accessible, but the first portion is mostly level and travels through beautiful forest next to a creek. The trail to the falls has over 100 stairs. Please read the full trail guide.

RSVP through the form at the bottom of this page, or on Facebook, so you don’t miss important information!

Where: Marymere Falls, Lake Crescent, Olympic National Park
When: Saturday, March 28, 2020, 12:00pm
Trail Description: The first 0.8 mile is mostly compact earth and gravel and gains under 100 feet in elevation. There are two areas of incline and uneven ground. 0.5 mile to the waterfall gains an additional 250+ feet. It is steep and slippery in places with up to 120 stairs. As always, you have the option of continuing as far as you are comfortable. We adjust the hike to meet the needs of everyone in attendance.
Pets: Service animals always welcome. Pets are not allowed on this trail.
Cost: Suggested donation of $5 – $20.
Parking: Paved parking area. There are three accessible parking spots, but there are no curb cuts; the parking spaces have a 1 inch lip to the sidewalk.
Passes: America the Beautiful Pass (Access Pass accepted). There is no entrance station to this area of the park.

We welcome anyone who needs a group of supportive, slow moving hikers. We also welcome those who are new to hiking and supportive friends and family. The group hikes together; we match the pace of the ‘slowest’ hiker, rest when needed, and make decisions about when to turn back as a group.

Disabled Hikers is an inclusive group. All of our hikes begin with a moment to honor the ancestral people of the land and their living descendants, and introductions. You will also be welcomed to share a bit about why you are here. There is never any pressure to share anything, and if you want to be anonymous that is okay too.

Other things to keep in mind:

Please read the hike description. Trails are chosen to be as enjoyable as possible for the most folks, but only you can decide if a hike is appropriate for you.
Please do not offer anyone advice or assistance without asking first.
If you have questions at any time, please ask. We’re here for you!

Want to support the work of creating group hikes and events for disabled hikers? Make a one-time donation through PayPal or a monthly contribution through Patreon.

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