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  • Rolling across the sand in a beach wheelchair
  • Fishing from an accessible pier
  • Hiking an accessible trail or boardwalk
  • Picnicking on a bluff with waves crashing against rocks below

California's spectacular coast offers many outdoor adventures for wheelchair riders, parents pushing strollers, and others who need accessibility features such as a wide, fairly level and firm path of travel. This guide can help you choose the destinations that suit your needs from among the coast's many wheelchair-accessible parks, trails, beaches, viewpoints, and other sites of interest.

As you explore, keep in mind that our beautiful coast is a fragile natural treasure. To learn more about how you can become involved in its protection, see our Resources page.


Happy trails!

Browse Coastal Counties

Los Angeles
San Diego

Santa Cruz
San Luis Obispo
Santa Barbara
North Bay
Contra Costa
San Francisco
San Mateo
Santa Clara
Del Norte

Beach Wheelchairs

Download a list of beaches with
beach wheelchairs for loan (PDF)

A Wheelchair Rider's Guide San Francisco Bay and the Nearby Coast

Wheelchair Rider Guides in PDF

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A Wheelchair Rider's Guide: San Francisco Bay Area & Nearby Coast

(PDF: 200k) Published 2006
Hard copy available from
California Coastal Conservancy (510) 286-1015


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A Wheelchair Rider's Guide: Los Angeles & Orange County (PDF: 200k) Published 2001


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Access Norhtern California This web guide is a project of Access Northern California.   California Coastal Conservancy Thanks to our partner the California Coastal Conservancy

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