IDAHO

Idaho has a number of trails with minimal obstacles.  Some are very easy and others are wheelchair accessible.  Here are just a few of them.
These links were found through Internet search.  I would love to have some first-hand recommendations.  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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Miscellaneous

Federal

  • Idaho Panhandle National Forest

    Wheelchair AccessiblePulaski Tunnel Trail  The forest service says that the first 725 feet of trail are accessible to visitors with disabilities.

    Hobo Cedar Grove Trail  From the website: “The trail has a gentle gradient making it accessible to older persons or those with moderate physical impairments. The trail width is about 40 inches. An occasional log bench provides seating along the trail.”

    Wheelchair Accessible

    Hiawatha Rail Trail is not listed in the Rails-to-Trails  site, but I have seen references to wheelchair use.  Call 208-744-1301.   Here is some more information from the Friends of the Coeur d’Alene Trails.  You can also give the Forest Service a call at (208) 765-7223.

    Mineral Point Trail is 2.1 miles one way and described as  “….one of the most beautiful trails on the Sandpoint Ranger District and is popular with hikers and mountain bikers. Gentle grades, wildflowers and excellent views make this trail suitable for the entire family.”

    Wheelchair AccessibleSam Owen Trail is “wheelchair moderate, hiker easy……The first ½ mile of this trail has a hardened surface that is suitable for wheel chairs and strollers. The hardened trail ends at a beautiful vista of Owens Bay and the benches offer a nice place to sit and enjoy the view. The remaining ½ mile of trail is native surface, narrow and not suitable for wheel chairs or strollers…..This is a great hike for a family with small children. “

  • Phone numbers and addresses for the ranger districts  in Idaho National Forests.

  • Sawtooth National Forest  / Sawtooth National Recreation Area    Map of SNRA
    Fairfield Ranger District 208-764-3202, Ketchum Ranger District 208-622-5371
    Minidoka ranger district 208-677-4878, Sawtooth NRA 208-727-5000 or 208-744-3000

    Bridge on trail
    Stream Crossing on Murdock Creek Trail ©Maryann Gaug
    Murdock Creek Trail
    Murdock Creek Trail © Maryann Gaug

    Wheelchair AccessibleMurdock Trail Map and information   A little over the first mile is wheelchair accessible.  From the guide, “The Murdock Creek canyon features wildflowers, wildlife, and dramatic rock outcroppings, and there are several nice picnic spot along the trail.”  The trail is dirt with small rocks. Thanks to trail guidebooks author Maryann Gaug for letting me know about this trail. 

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State

  • Wheelchair AccessibleHarriman State Park – According to the park’s facebook page, “The John Muir trail will be dedicated at 1:00 but will not be available for ADA access until our grand opening to be held in a couple of weeks.” This was posted August 16, 2013.

  • Idaho Parks and Recreation

    Idaho has 30 state parks.  The Idaho “Passport” , $10 for residents and $40 for visitors from out of state, buys you access to all the parks and discounts on camping for a year.

    Wheelchair AccessibleThe Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes runs 72 miles from Plummer to Mullan.  It is paved asphalt and “perfect for road bikers, in-line skaters, walkers and wheelchairs”.  There are 19 trailheads along the way.  Call 208 682-3814 for more information.

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Local

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Miscellaneous

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