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Accessible Hiking Trails

Postby vegematic » Tue Jul 12, 2011 2:29 pm

Someone posted this on a New England (well, New York is invited too) hiking MB that I read. I think it's great and I hope it signals a trend.

Trails Accommodate People with Disabilities

Who knows about other accessible trails that exist or are being built?
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Re: Accessible Hiking Trails

Postby vegematic » Tue Jul 12, 2011 2:32 pm

I remembered a news blurb from a few years ago about a section of the Appalachian Trail in Vermont being built accessible. I googled it and found that there are others in VT. Scroll down and there is a list by state.
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Re: Accessible Hiking Trails

Postby Ariann » Tue Jul 12, 2011 8:46 pm

That is really great!
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Re: Accessible Hiking Trails

Postby vegematic » Tue Jul 12, 2011 8:56 pm

I browsed that link a bit...I wonder how reliable the list is. They have the Pacific Crest Trail listed. Not a segment of it, the whole 2600 miles. Pretty sure it's not accessible.

Still, a lot of the listed trails are Rail Trails which probably are accessible.
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Re: Accessible Hiking Trails

Postby Shiva » Wed Jul 13, 2011 11:54 am

Hmm. While that list may not be accurate, I'm excited by the possibility of it. I'm getting my new ultralight wheelchair soon (:fingers crossed:) and I am looking forward to getting out and around more. I hadn't even thought about trails, but now I am. Exciting!
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Re: Accessible Hiking Trails

Postby vegematic » Wed Jul 13, 2011 2:17 pm

Shiva, did the site list any near your home?

My hunch is that most on the list are legit but that for some of the longer (more than a few miles) trails they might mean that only portions of it are wheelie.

I'm excited for your new chair! How much does it weigh compared to a conventional chair?
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Re: Accessible Hiking Trails

Postby Shiva » Wed Jul 13, 2011 2:45 pm

Yep! There are three that are not too far from me. I'll report here when I check them out. :)

My new chair will weigh about 1/2 what my current chair weighs. Also, because the new one is a rigid frame, it takes less effort to push. With a folding frame (like my current rented chair) much of the pushing force applied is wasted by the flex in the frame. I can't wait! I have a fitting appointment next Monday to take final measurements before ordering. :D
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