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Spruce Railroad Trail

Disabled Hikers | BIPoC + Pride Outdoors Group Hike Olympic National Park, WA

Disabled Hikers and BIPoC + Pride Outdoors are collaborating to bring you an accessible group hike welcoming all Disabled, LGBTQ+, and BIPoC community on the Spruce Railroad Trail in Olympic National Park, WA.

Disabled Hikers | BIPoC + Pride Outdoors Group Hike Olympic National Park, WA
Disabled Hikers | BIPoC + Pride Outdoors Group Hike Olympic National Park, WA

Time & Location

Mar 23, 2024, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM PDT

Spruce Railroad Trail, Spruce RR Trl, Washington 98363, USA

About the event

Disabled Hikers and BIPoC + Pride Outdoors are collaborating on a group hike to bring together Disabled, LGBTQ+, and BIPoC community on the Olympic Peninsula. Our events are access-centered and collaborative, and we customize the hike based on everyone’s needs. This event is open to all Disabled/chronically ill/neurodivergent people, LGBTQ+ people, and/or Black, Indigenous, and people of color. Supportive family, friends, and caregivers are also welcome. It is required that you wear a mask (unless your disability prevents it).

Please complete this release form once you register. Full event details, including meeting location, will be emailed to you.

Trail Description: 

Spruce Railroad Trail is a fully paved trail with generally gentle grades that follows the shore of Lake Crescent. It is generally wheelchair accessible, but there is a 5-8% grade for a couple hundred feet. The entire trail is up to 3 miles one way; we will adjust the length of the hike based on everyone's needs, and you are not required to complete the entire hike. The group hikes together; we adapt the hike to match the needs of everyone present, rest when needed, and make decisions about when to turn back as a group.

Read a full trail description here

Amenities: Accessible vault toilets at the trailhead. There are no benches on the trail - we recommend bringing a collapsible chair if you will need to sit - and no water.

Pets: Service animals are always welcome. Pets are discouraged to reduce potential conflicts and accessibility issues.

Parking: Paved parking with van-accessible parking spots

Transit: Clallam Transit stops at East Beach Road and Highway 101. It is 4 miles to the trailhead, and the road is narrow and fairly steep. We may be able to provide transportation if needed - please select that option when registering.

Cost: Free

Our events begin with a moment to honor the land and the Indigenous peoples and group introductions. There is never any pressure to share anything; if you want to be anonymous, that is okay, too.

Other things to keep in mind:

Please read the hike description. Trails are chosen to be as enjoyable as possible for most folks, but only you can decide if a hike is appropriate for you.

Please do not offer anyone advice or assistance without asking first.

If you have questions at any time, please ask. We’re here for you!

About BIPoC + Pride Outdoors

We are building a BIPOC and Queer-run community group for people that have been underrepresented in outdoor recreation. We are an affinity group for Queer, BIPoC, and Disabled individuals working towards a more inclusive outdoors. We accomplish this by making outdoor recreation more comfortable, inclusive, and affirming. BIPoC, Queer, and Disabled experiences are centered; allies are welcome.

We recognize the negative impacts colonization has had on Tribes’ access to ancestral lands and culture and we acknowledge, remember, and strive to understand the consequences of this damage. We also work to understand, support, and respect Tribes’ ways of living and relationship with the land and nature of the Olympic Peninsula as they have lived here since time immemorial.

About Disabled Hikers

Disabled Hikers is building disability community and justice in the outdoors. We are an entirely Disabled-led organization with a multiply-marginalized majority. We celebrate Disabled people's experiences in the outdoors; facilitate those experiences through resources, guides, and events; and challenge the dominant narrative of who is considered valid outdoors and why. We welcome anyone who is disabled, chronically ill, neurodivergent, or otherwise has lived experience of disability – we define these terms in the broadest way possible. We also welcome your caregivers, friends, and family. 

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