The Disabled Hiker’s Information to Western Washington and Oregon-Out of doors Adventures Accessible by Automotive, Wheelchair, and on Foot

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Forks-based author Syren Nagakyrie (recently featured in The Seattle Times) has a new publication entitled The Disabled Hiker’s Guide to Western Washington and Oregon: Outdoor Adventures Accessible by Car, Wheelchair, and Foot, First Edition – the first of a Series of Falcon travel guides designed to make the great outdoors accessible to all. For the first time, disabled hikers get a definitive guide to the best hiking areas in the Pacific Northwest, with specialized trail accessibility breakdowns using Christine Miserandino’s “Spoon Theory”, trail descriptions and tips, intricate trail mapping and measurements, and much more. The book, in paperback, will be available in September at a price of $22.95.

The Disabled Hiker’s Guide to Western Washington and Oregon is the first book of its kind to address the varied outdoor needs of people with disabilities. This groundbreaking guide features 46 outdoor adventures, including drive-up experiences, verified wheelchair-accessible trails, and footpaths suitable for disabled hikers. This guide removes one of the barriers to entry – lack of information – through the use of a scoring system and detailed trail information developed for the disability community. Each trail is personally graded following Syren’s expert and detailed review and established accessibility guidelines.

Syren Nagakyrie is the Founder of Disabled Hikers, a fully disabled-owned non-profit organization that builds disabled community and justice in nature. Syren writes trail guides, leads group hikes, and provides consulting services throughout the Pacific Northwest and beyond. Syren has worked with many parks and organizations to increase access and inclusion for people with disabilities. They were selected as a 2019 Rooted in Rights Storyteller, a competitive program sponsored by Rooted in Rights and Disability Rights Washington, and have been featured in many high profile publications. Syren is a lifelong social activist and advocate.

As a freelance writer, Syren has published in several anthologies, magazines, and blogs. Syren developed a love of the outdoors as a child, but only began exploring outdoor recreation in her mid-twenties. They faced exclusion and inaccessibility outdoors, but Syren didn’t let that stop them from enjoying the wonders of nature. Through years of experimentation, Syren has found what nature makes accessible to her and firmly believes in the importance of connection to place as an antidote to the isolation experienced by so many disabled people. Syren lives in Forks, Washington.