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Redwood Grove Trail

© Mark Hehir, Redwood Grove trail
Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park

Most of the links given were found through Internet search. Some places I have been able to visit and a few have been recommended to me by other people who have been there. With your help, we can share our knowledge with disabled people everywhere and also increase awareness of the need for more accessibility. Please e-mail me with your suggestions using the form to the right.

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  • Accessibility within California’s State Parks  Here is a list of accessible trails in California’s State Parks.  You can arrange the list by region or alphabetically.

  • Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park

    Wheelchair AccessibleRedwood Grove Trail in Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park –  A great horned owl’s hooting added to the pleasure of this .8 mile loop.  Thank you Mark, for the suggestion.  The visitors center has a loaner wheelchair, but you had better call in advance (831-335-4598) as they are short staffed and sometimes the center is unpredictably closed.

    Redwood Grove Trail

    Redwood Grove Trail
    Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park
    © Cecilia Travis 2014

    Redwood Grove trail

    Resting on bench along the
    Redwood Grove trail
    Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park
    © Cecilia Travis 2014

  • Wheelchair AccessiblePatrick’s Point State Park  This site mentions two short trails, including an interpretive trail.   We just walked along the road.

    Patrick's Point State Park

    Patrick’s Point State Park

    Patrick's Point State Park

    Patrick’s Point State Park

  • Wheelchair AccessibleTrinidad State Beach  Not a lot of information here, but it sure was lovely when we visited.

    Trinidad Beach

    Sunset at Trinidad Beach

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Local

  • Anaheim
    Oak Canyon Nature Center  6700 E. Walnut Canyon Road, Anaheim    Trail guide
    “58-acre natural park nestled in the Anaheim Hills. A year-round stream meanders through the park. Consisting of three adjoining canyons, four miles of hiking trails traverse one of the few remaining areas of oak woodland and coastal sage scrub in our region.”
    Wheelchair AccessibleMain Road ” bisects the center of the canyon, offering hikers an open view. The road is level and accessible to both strollers and wheelchairs. Distance: 0.7 mi.”
    Call (714) 998-8380 for information.

  • Wheelchair AccessibleBaylands Nature Preserve  near Palo Alto – According to Wikipedia, this preserve is the “largest tract of undisturbed marshland remaining in the San Francisco Bay.”   Here is Mark Hehir’s video of the paths and many of the birds to be found there.

  • Bear Yuba Land Trust Nevada County      Trails Portal  Trails Location Map
    According to helpful people with the land trust, these trails are “… ADA friendly but may not meet all ADA standards”.
    Wheelchair AccessibleLitton Trail  “A well-established trail through an informal urban greenbelt in the vicinity of the Sierra College campus in Grass Valley.”  2 miles one way.
    Wheelchair AccessibleIndependence Trail West   Independence Trail East “Independence Trail transformed an historic gold mining ditch into the nation’s first identified handicapped-accessible wilderness trail. It is now one of the most popular trails in the area, contouring along wooded hillsides, passing live streams, and crossing deep gorges on restored wooden flumes that once transported water for hydraulic mining. The trail has two separate sections — West and East — that extend from one main trailhead on Highway 49.”    “West trail is wheelchair accessible in dry months from the trailhead to a short way beyond Flume 28 (about 1.1 miles one way).”
    “Like the Independence Trail West, the East trail follows the gentle gradient of an old mining ditch and is wheelchair accessible. It offers occasional views of the South Yuba River canyon and passes seasonal side streams and bogs. Tree cover and a generally northerly orientation keep the trail relatively cool and green for its 1400-1500 foot elevation.”
    Wheelchair AccessiblePenn Valley Bike Trail  Not really a natural trail, the description of its environment is “commercial and residential areas with some areas of oak woodland and pines.” 1.7 miles one way.
    Wheelchair AccessibleWestern Gateway Park Trail  A small town park with lots of grassy fields and a creek running though it. The fitness trail of about a mile round trip goes through “Mixed oak woodland and pines, riparian forest, and landscaped areas.”

     

     

  • Nevada City
    Wheelchair Accessible
    Hirschman Trail  “The eastern 0.4 mile of trail is constructed to ADA standards, providing barrier-free access to Hirschman’s Pond.”  Map
    HikerwithcaneCascade Canal Trail  4.5 miles one way.  “…an almost level walk along a peaceful canal through a forest with many Douglas firs and dogwoods.  At 3200′ elevation, it is a bit higher and cooler than many local trails.”  Map

    By clicking on the hiking boot by this map of Nevada County you can see all the trails in the county.  Here is another map showing the location of trails in the Nevada City and Grass Valley area.

     

     

  • Wheelchair AccessibleThe Rails-to-Trails Conservancy – lists wheelchair accessible trails in California.

    We happened on the Bizz Johnson rail trail near Susanville. What a treat! There is parking at either end of the seven mile accessible trail or you can take a wheelchair -accommodating shuttle bus from Susanville and then enjoy a 3% downhill ride along the Susan River. The bus operates from June – October on the first and third Saturdays. Call 530-252-7433 to learn more.

    Susan River from Bizz Johnson Trail

    Susan River from Bizz Johnson Trail

    Access to the Bizz Johnson Trail

    Access to the Bizz Johnson Trail

  • Joseph Grant County Park

    Joseph D. Grant County Park  © Mark Hehir

    Joseph Grant County Park

    Joseph D. Grant County Park © Mark Hehir

     

     

     

     

     

    Wheelchair Accessible

    The Joseph D. Grant County Park, also known as Grant Ranch Park is in the Diablo Range foothills of the eastern Santa Clara Valley.   Thank you to Mark Heir for the lovely photos above.  Here is a video he shot as he explored this park .

  • Santa Clara County Parks  sent this helpful reply to my inquiry:
    “We do make every effort to design and build trails that meet grade and width requirements. The following is a short list of recently constructed trails and paved pathways that offer opportunities for those with disabilities requiring the use of mobility devices.
    Wheelchair AccessiblePaved; Los Gatos Creek trail, Coyote Creek, Penitencia Creek, Martin Murphy at Coyote Lake Harvey Bear Ranch.
    Wheelchair AccessibleNatural surface trails; Coyote Lake Harvey Bear-Campground trail, Valley Oak, Calaveras, Rancho La Polka trail via the southern segment of the Mendoza trail. Sanborn County Park-John Nicholas trail and the Indian Rock trail.”

  • The River Center in Alturas offers a wealth of programs and information about the surrounding area, including the Pit River Watershed, Modoc County and Siskiyou County in California,  Lake County and Klamath County in Oregon.  The center is now housed in the Modoc Historical Museum, 600 S Main St, which is  wheelchair accessible.  Call 530-233-4314 ext. 115 for hours and other information.

    HikerwithcaneThere is an easy walking path along the Pitt River, but  is very soft sand and probably would be difficult for a wheelchair.

    Pitt River, Alturas

    Pitt River, Alturas

    Snake and quail trails in soft sand

    Snake and quail trails in soft sand by Pitt River

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Miscellaneous

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