In 2017, Access Northern California (ANC) decided that in order to be sustainable and develop the premiere website for finding accessible outdoor adventures in Northern CA it needed to partner with a larger organization with a similar mission. Bay Area Outreach & Recreation Program (BORP), with their long history of providing adapted sports and recreation programs to people of all ages seemed like a natural fit. After discussion with BORP’s board and staff, ANC dissolved as a nonprofit organization and is now a BORP program, complementing its robust menu of sports and recreation programming for individuals with physical disabilities and vision impairments.
We recognize that access means different things to different people therefore we do not offer ratings for accessibility. Rather, we provide accessibility details to help you make informed choices about places to visit, based on your particular access needs. We used the ADAAG (Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines) and California’s Title 24 as a basis for reviewing the accessibility of various features such as restrooms, parking, and picnic tables. However, we have also included trails and facilities that do not meet these guidelines if we found that they might be accessible to some people.
We have done our utmost to ensure that the information provided here is accurate, but some details may have changed since we last visited a site, and we can’t guarantee that we haven’t missed something. Bear in mind that weather, time, and frequency of maintenance can alter trail conditions. We strongly recommend that you phone ahead to verify key information and determine current trail conditions before visiting. For a range of experiences, we also suggest that you visit the same sites in different seasons.
Fully vs Partially Accessible
Features are designated accessible if they meet the criteria listed below. In cases where a feature meets most but not all of the criteria, it is designated as having partial accessibility, and we have noted which criteria it fails to meet.
- Accessible path of travel
- Entry and stall doors have at least 32″ clearance
- Has 5′ x 5′ turnaround space
- Has grab bars on back wall and at least one side
- Has clear space for lateral transfer
- Toilet height is 17″-19″
- Roll-under sink has knee clearance at least 29″ high and 30″ wide
- The grade of ramps and inclines is measured by a ratio. A typical ramp is 1:12, meaning that the slope rises 1″ for every 12″ of length. Gentle slopes are less than or equal to 1:12, while steep slopes, by varying degrees, are greater than 1:12.
- Trails are assigned one of the following classificationsLevel
Approximately zero degrees of inclination
Grade of 1:12 or less, manual chair can negotiate
Mostly gentle slopes with some steep sections
Grade is greater than 1:12, power chair and someone with good upper body strength can generally negotiate
Dangerous without assistance
- Is reached by an accessible path of travel
- Has level or ramped entry
- Entry door has at least 32″ clearance
- Identified by the international access symbol and has an adjoining access aisle
- Located on a firm and stable surface
- Is level or on a slope not greater than 2 percent
- Has level access onto the pier and at least a 32″ pathway
- Safety regulations require that railings be 42″, which may limit views and fishing access from a seated position.
- Path of travel is firm and stable
- Located on a level, firm, and stable surface
- Has at least 27″ knee clearance
- Seating is either at end of table or on the sides
Paved, boardwalk, asphalt, brickFirm
Hardened soil, decomposed granite with stabilizer
Gravel or dirt mix with firm underlayment. May be problematic for manual wheelchairs but not motorized wheelchairs/scooters.
Wood fiber, loose gravel, loose dirt. Problematic for manual wheelchairs and possibly for motorized wheelchairs/scooters.
Wood fiber, loose gravel, loose dirt. Problematic for manual wheelchairs and possibly for motorized wheelchairs/scooters
- Wildlife Viewing
- Good for Families
- Beach Wheelchair
- Roll In Shower
- Accessible Entry
- Visitor Center
- Not Verified
- Partially Accessible Restroom
- Partially Accessible Parking
- Partially Accessible Picnic
- Partially Accessible Entry