More trail information online

Outdoors Elsewhere





  • Transit and Trails help getting to trailheads and campgrounds around the Bay Area
  •  (links provided here to local transit systems not listed below)
  • AC Transit (Alameda and Contra Costa County bus ervice, including routes to and from San Francisco via the East Bay Bridge)
  • BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit)
  • Golden Gate Transit (North Bay, including bus service from San Francisco across the bridge and ferries to the city and Angel Island)
  • SF MUNI (Trains, buses, streetcars and cable cars in the city)
  • UC Berkeley Shuttles I'm told these are open to the public for a modest fare, wheelchair accessible, and free to people with disabilities. Route H runs every 45 minutes weekdays from Berkeley BART up Centennial Drive, stopping at the UC Botanical Garden (and the Lawrence Hall of Science).
  • West Marin Stagecoach This service provides access to Point Reyes Bear Valley Trail and S P Taylor Park, two of the best wheelchair hikes out there! The web site says they have wheelchair access and other disability accommodations.

More trail information online:

  • A Wheelchair Rider's Guide: San Francisco Bay and the Nearby Coast by Bonnie Lewkowicz. . is a downloadable, and searchable, PDF version of the 2006 book, a terrific resource covering most parks adjacent to the Bay and those on some of its tributaries as well. It was a project of the Coastal Conservancy Association, and the book is available free from them. For information call: (510) 286-1015
  • Bay Area Hiker All-Access and Easy hikes; a lot of good info and photos. She's conservative about where a wheelchair could go; if you're not, check out the rest of her site.
  • Bay Area Ridge Trail Tracker The Bay Area Ridge Trail Council is an organization trying to create a trail circling the bay along its ridges, and they've posted some information about segments of this project, including wheelchair access, here As usual, only the very accessible trails are flagged.

Outdoors Elsewhere:

  • A travel guide for folks with wheelchairs, walkers, canes, or strollers, listing recommended getaways in Northern California.
  • Accessing Arizona is a blog, with some fine photos, "designed to give people with disabilities some realistic information about wheelchair accessible places to visit in Arizona," maintained by Loren Worthington of Phoenix.
  • Great Wheelchair Accessible Hikes is a website maintained by Chris, a high school student in California who says, "I'm creating a new accessible hiking website with an emphasis on great hikes which would be worth their own trip to hike. I'm gathering information on hikes all over the U.S. and even Canada." He's already posted hikes in northern California that are new to me, and his site is under development:


  • Access Northern California: A wide range of information about access to public facilities:
  • Bay Area Association of Disabled Sailors [BAADS] This is a great organization that will take you for a sail on the Bay any Sunday, or teach you to sail and provide the boats so you can go out any time, at very low cost, and no matter what your disability.
  • Berkeley Partners for Parks(BPFP): a citywide nonprofit organization working for citizen support of parks, public recreation, open space, paths, greenways, community gardens, and environmental restoration in Berkeley, California.
  • City of Berkeley Disabled Family Camp: this is held the weekend after Memorial Day every year, at Tuolumne Family Camp near Yosemite. See Events
  • City of Berkeley Over 50 Camps: one in June and another in August, at Echo Lake Camp. See Events
  • Golden Access Pass Information These disability passes, for free entry to National Parks and Forests, and half-price camping, are available only at Park offices and entrances.
  • Handicaching If you've wanted to try geocaching, these folks are working to rate geocaches for accessibility. If you're already out hunting, they need your reports.
  • Scott Rains is another blogger on wheels we wish we could keep up with.
  • Adaptive Summiteers Association "a nonprofit organization formed to educate, encourage and enable the physically disabled to fully enjoy the great outdoors. Our goal is to work to make wilderness areas accessible through education, information, and technology without harming and/or altering the environment."


  • A Wheelchair Rider's Guide: San Francisco Bay and the Nearby Coast by Bonnie Lewkowicz. Published by the Coastal Conservancy Association, and available free from them. This came out in May 2006, and has almost 200 pages of information. For information call: (510) 286-1015. Or visit for a downloadable, and searchable, PDF version. This is a terrific resource for information about most parks adjacent to the Bay and those on some of its tributaries as well.
  • California Parks Access: a Complete Guide to the State and National Parks for Visitors with Limited Mobility    by Linda and Allan Mitchell, Cougar Pass Press, Escondido, CA, 1992. Describes accessible features of all 270 State and National Parks in California, including many parks in the Bay Area. Seriously out-of-date, and mostly about access to restrooms and visitor centers, but still useful for planning camping trips.
  • Rails-to-Trails: California by Tracy Salcedo-Chourre, Globe Pequot Press, Guilford, Connecticut, 2001. This guidebook is one of a series put out by the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, and the name says it all. The good news is (surprise!) most of the trails created on old railroad rights-of-way (17 of which are in the Bay Area) are wheelchair accessible, and the book does give this information. The bad news is that the trails are usually in very developed areas, and heavily used. Also, the book gives almost no details about the problems that the less wheelchair-friendly trails have. Borrow this from the library and get a few leads from it; they could sure give us more access specifics if they want our money.
  • Easy Access to National Parks: The Sierra Club Guide for People With Disabilities
    by Wendy Roth and Michael Tompane, 1992. Worth a look, but no substitute for getting whatever material is available on current access from each park that you contemplate visiting