I had the pleasure of attending a Disabled Hikers group hike at the Dungeness Recreation Area in Sequim Wa on the Olympic Peninsula. This was my first hike with the Disabled Hikers group and I loved it! The detailed trail guide created in advance by this group’s founder, Syren Nagakyrie, eliminated the usual anxiety I feel about the challenges a hike may contain for me as a disabled woman. Syren led our hike and was welcoming, inclusive and clearly stated the simple hike rules such as hiking at the pace of the slowest person or slowest dog, stopping for anybody who needed to at any time and staying together as a group for the entire hike. I love the idea of this group and I found this experience very empowering and supportive. I look forward to more hikes with Disabled Hikers in the future.
Sherry Southern, Port Townsend Wa.
I was fortunate to explore the Quinault Loop Trail with Syren on a private tour. I was so appreciative of her guidance as the trail is not well marked in areas and branches off into multiple smaller and larger trails, so she kept us on track and ensured nothing was missed. Syren, a Botanical Wizard, pointed out all the different fauna and flora; we also enjoyed the bountiful berries along the way. Exploring with Syren gave me the confidence on the trail of not getting lost or disoriented. She let me set the pace when I was struggling on inclines and was very patient whenever I needed a break. I am really thrilled to find this group, and am looking forward to doing more hikes with Syren and Disabled Hikers.
S.H., Seattle, WA
I thoroughly enjoyed this small but mighty hike. I use a walker and the other hiker was in a wheelchair with her husband helping. [Syren] was more than helpful with stops along the way to rest. Scenery was spectacular and it was a beautiful evening. We were shaded the whole time. Plus we had an Olympic National Park ranger to help us if needed. Terrain was very manageable as it was a paved path. It was a lovely group. Looking forward to the next one! Thanks!
Lorraine Arruda, Port Angeles, WA