Disabled hikers can find Pacific Northwest’s most accessible trails in new book

Syren Nagakyrie is the author of The Disabled Hiker’s Guide to Western Washington and Oregon.

SEATTLE — A new, one-of-a-kind guide for hikers with disabilities hoping to explore the trails of western Washington and Oregon is now on shelves.

“A sense of belonging, society so often tells me I don’t belong in rooms,” said Syren Nagakyrie, author of The Disabled Hiker’s Guide to Western Washington and Oregon.

“Everyone deserves access to nature, including people with disabilities. They know it’s so important for us to have spaces where we can go out and experience this beautiful place, just everyone else,” Nagakyrie said.

It’s this mentality that led her to start the non-profit organization Disabled Hikers in 2018. She works to ensure that people with disabilities enjoy nature and that parks and hiking trails become more accessible.

“Disability is one of the largest communities in the world, 25 percent of people have some type of disability, 60 percent of people have some type of chronic illness.” said Nagakyrie.

After two years of research and hiking more than 150 trails, they released The Disabled Hiker’s Guide to Western Washington and Oregon, which hit stores earlier this month. It breaks down the 60 best outdoor trails in the Pacific Northwest that are accessible and best suited for those with disabilities.

“I wish that was when I was growing up as a kid,” Nagakyrie said. “Growing up with multiple disabilities and not having access to the information for the community that I needed or wanted. So I created it.”

They believe Washington State Parks are on the right track to becoming more accessible for all. However, they also agree that more needs to be done.

“You can become disabled at any time, so even if you think it doesn’t affect you now, it could happen tomorrow,” Nagakyrie said.

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