The outdoors are for everybody — and there are plenty of hikes in our area that are friendly to wheelchairs, strollers, and other mobility aids. Get some fresh air on three of our favorite accessible trails.
San Elijo Lagoon Nature Center Loop, San Elijo Ecological Reserve and Nature Center
Perfect for a quick nature walk, this loop offers views of birds foraging in salt marsh and mudflat habitats. You’ll spy lots of interesting, native wildlife at San Elijo Ecological Reserve — from ospreys and great egrets, to the pygmy blue butterfly.
Balboa Park Gardens Loop, Balboa Park
This paved 1.4-mile loop is the perfect way to see the gardens at the landmark. Take in the smell of wildflowers on this relatively flat trail which is typically 6 ft wide. Pro tip: Your could start near the Balboa Park Carousel, then follow the trail south.
Ocean Front Boardwalk, W. Mission Bay Drive at Ocean Front Walk
Soak up the sun in Mission Beach and Pacific Beach on the iconic, paved, waterfront path. The 5.9-mile, out-and-back boardwalk averages at 8 ft wide and there are accessible bathrooms. Pro tip: Regulars suggest getting there early to beat the crowds.
What’s your go-to wheelchair-accessible trail? Let us know where we should explore next.
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