Book Party: Hoyt Arboretum

Join Disabled Hikers at Hoyt Arboretum to celebrate the publication of The Disabled Hiker’s Guide to Western Washington and Oregon by Syren Nagakyrie. This book, written by a Disabled person, is the first of its kind to consider the diverse needs of disabled people in the outdoors. It is a groundbreaking publication for its disability representation and the information it provides.

The Arboretum has generously provided the use of Stevens Pavilion so we can gather rain or shine. Come join us for an author talk and signing, group hike, and socializing. Snacks and swag provided! Books will be available for purchase at the visitor center.

All are welcome! This event is open to disabled and nondisabled community. The location is wheelchair accessible. Please let us know at registration if you have other access needs. It is required that you wear a mask.

WhereHoyt Arboretum, approximately 3 miles west of downtown Portland

When: Saturday October 29, 1:00pm – 4:00pm 

Register here for Full Details


Spoon Rating: 1 spoon. Wheelchair accessible, with one short section of cracked pavement that may require navigating. Benches are available.

Distance: 0.8 mile out and back; Starting Elevation: 720 feet; Elevation Gain: 25 feet; Max Grade: 5%; Max Cross-slope: 5%; Typical Width: 4 feet; Typical Surface: Paved

Event Description

We will begin our gathering with an author talk from Syren, who will discuss the book, the process of writing it, and future plans.

We will then take a hike (weather depending) on the Bristlecone Pine Trail, an accessible route that has a lovely overlook and ends at the Gingko Tree collection.

We’ll return to the Pavilion for a picnic and socializing time. Electricity is available if you need to charge batteries. Arboretum staff will be available to answer questions.

If you need a more detailed trail description to decide whether to attempt the trail with us, contact us and we can send a copy of the description from the book.


There are restrooms water fountains at the visitors center.


Service dogs are always welcome. Pets are discouraged to reduce potential conflict and accessibility issues. 


Free. Donations gratefully accepted – it takes several hours to organize each group hike.


Parking is very limited at the Arboretum. There are two paved lots at the visitor center with two accessible parking spots, and small parking areas at trailheads on SW Fischer Ln and SW Fairview Blvd and by the Winter Garden. There are several parking lots at Washington Park.

To get to the Arboretum from Washington Park, you can take a shuttle that runs every 20 minutes, but it only has one wheelchair accessible space. The Overlook Trail is a paved route from Washington Park to the Arboretum, but it is 0.5 mile long on a 5% grade. We are trying to find a partner to provide additional transportation from Washington Park.


Bus Line 63 from downtown stops at the visitor center. MAX blue and red line stop at Washington Park.

About Disabled Hikers

Disabled Hikers is an inclusive disability-led and disability-centered organization grounded in principles of disability justice. 

We welcome anyone who is disabled, chronically ill, neurodivergent, or otherwise has lived experience of disability – we define these terms in the broadest way possible. We also welcome your friends, family, and caregivers. For this event, all supportive nondisabled people and allies are welcome! The group hikes together; we adapt the hike to match the needs of everyone present, rest when needed, and make decisions about when to turn back as a group.

All of our events begin with a moment to honor the land and the Indigenous peoples, followed by group introductions. 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!

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