There are an endless number of blogs and guidebooks out there about the outdoors, giving hikers access to information about trail conditions, difficulty, and directions, but there is one problem. The majority of the information out there assumes that the person reading it is fully able-bodied. How many times have you found a trail description that listed the trail as “easy,” only to start the hike and realize it is not easy for you?
This website is different. Written by disabled hikers for disabled hikers, we will give you information that other guides overlook. Our descriptions will include:
- Getting there: Road conditions, type of roadway, how curvy or narrow. This information is often overlooked, but for people driving accessible vans or who have difficulty navigating roadways it is essential. Directions will include possible public transportation options. We also note if cell phone service is available.
- Trail conditions: We’ll include detailed information on the material (“tread”) of the trail to include rocky/muddy/slippery places, how many obstacles such as rocks or downed trees, details on boardwalks, bridges, or stairs, width of the trail, and if the trail is accessible by a standard manual wheelchair or may require adaptive equipment. We also make note of places to rest (benches, tables, a particularly nice log).
- Elevation: We’ll include detailed elevation information along the entire trail as well as total elevation change, to include length and grade of each elevation change. An elevation profile will be posted. If it is a loop trail, we’ll list the direction of the elevation change. Slope or incline will be noted, along with information on any particularly troublesome areas.
- Segments and trailheads: If there are multiple trailheads, we’ll give detailed information for each segment with the access point clearly defined.
- Difficulty: We can’t qualify how difficult a trail will be for you because ability ranges greatly between people, and can vary from day to day. But we will give a Spoon Rating – the number of spoons we think the trail might require on a 1-5 scale. The rating is a general guide to help you find and decide upon a trail.
Our goal is to provide you with as much detailed information as we can so that you can make an informed decision. Every guide on this website has been written after personally visiting the trail at least once; unlike other accessibility websites, this site does not post trail information collected from the internet.
We will try to avoid descriptive but unhelpful phrases like “a short elevation gain” or “this trail winds through…” without giving you details on what it means. We’ll provide as many photos as we can. We are mindful that trail and roadway conditions change rapidly, so all of our posts will note the date, and we will update them as frequently as we can.
We hope this website and our social media grow into a community of disabled hikers. We accept trail reports from the community, offer helpful information about hiking while disabled, suggest tools and resources, and will include a forum and multimedia offerings.
About the Founder
Hi! I’m Syren, and I am a writer and avid outdoors person. I have Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, which results in frequent joint dislocations and chronic joint and body pain, along with chronic fatigue, dizziness and tachycardia, and a number of other conditions. I am frequently a solo hiker, and I got so tired of scouring hiking guides for information that I decided to start my own, with information that I need to decide whether to attempt a trail.
I think it is important for the people who write these guides to give context on their ability, as our ability colors the way we share information. It is important for you to know that: I have the ability to walk without assistance the majority of the time, (depending upon injuries and fatigue), I can see, hear, and speak clearly, I am able to drive. On a really good day I am able to hike 4-6 miles with moderate exhaustion (I’m going to need to rest, but mostly able to maintain regular activities).
I am based in the Pacific Northwest of the United States; the majority of the hikes I publish will be in western Washington and western Oregon. If you are a disabled hiker in another area and would like to publish a guide or trail report, send it in here.
Disclosure: Trail and road conditions change rapidly. The information provided on this website is for informational purposes only. You are responsible for your decision to attempt a trail. This website, it’s founder or writers do not accept any liability. The information on this website is not guaranteed to be accurate.