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Our Mission and Vision

Disabled Hikers mission is to build disability community and justice in the outdoors towards a vision of an outdoor culture transformed by representation, access, and justice for Disabled and all other marginalized people.

Our Story

Disabled Hikers is an entirely Disabled-led organization. We celebrate disabled people’s experiences in the outdoors. We facilitate those experiences with information, resources, and events, including trail guides and group hikes. We are committed advocates for justice, access, and inclusion and work with parks, organizations, brands, and more. We challenge the dominant narrative of who is considered to be valid and which experiences matter in the outdoors. Whether enjoying the outdoors means sitting by your window or thru-hiking a trail, you are welcome here.

Disabled Hikers was founded in March 2018 by Syren Nagakyrie. We incorporated as a nonprofit in January 2021. 

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Meet the Team

Syren smiles at the camera wearing hiking gear. A forest is behind them.

Syren Nagakyrie (they/them)

Founder, Director

The outdoors hasn’t always felt like it was meant for me, but nature has always offered a sense of belonging even when I felt excluded otherwise.

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Rachel Cuesta

(she/her)

Executive Assistant

 Engaging with the outdoors continues to teach me to listen to and care for myself - and to return that care to my community and the natural surroundings we share.

Board of Directors

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Michelle Wallace smiling to the right in front of a bonfire.
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Michelle Wallace

Katya Reyna

Allexa Laycock

Elena Keats

The outdoors is for everyone

We believe in accessible outdoor adventure for all people.
In the pursuit of that goal, we value most of all:

Justice

Community

Access

Our Impact

20,000+ social media followers

30+ group events and trainings

1 published trail guidebook

28 online trail guides

5 organizational and brand parnerships

1 guidebook committed for 2024

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Support Disabled Hikers

Disabled Hikers has grown tremendously since our founding in 2018, in large part because of our incredible community of supporters. Get involved to help us continue our work.

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