Hiking Weir Canyon Loop Trail in a wheelchair

April 2, 2012 – UNSUCCESSFUL, haha, but fun

We’re going to try this hiking/rolling thru different trails and parks. When I say we I mean Shawn, myself, and Brodie.

I’ve been taking Brodie(dog) to the nearby park about 2 to 4 times a week for the past couple of years and it’s always been a good time. If you haven’t seen my video to Eisenhower Park you can watch it on this channel or click http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0NDhKyGtxX8

After doing some internet searching we decided to go down the road just a bit
Weir Canyon Wilderness Park / Weir Canyon Loop Trail
What I found about this trail
Best Seasons: Year-Round
Recommended For: Hikers, Dogs, Bikes, Horses
Be aware of rattlesnakes
Bring water and a flashlight – haha, a flashlight, we’ll be back in plenty of time
Ranger Contact: Santiago Oaks Regional park 714 538-4400

I wasn’t expecting the trail to be wheelchair accessible we just wanted to try it. For those that don’t know I’m a quadriplegic with no movement below my shoulders so I have somebody close to me all the time. That somebody is my very strong…..smelling(haha) and good friend Shawn. I don’t recommend any gimps trying to conquer the massive rolling hills of Orange, haha, we’re skilled professionals. There are a few areas where the rain water eroded the trail leaving up to 6″ gaps in the ground. They were not too hard to stay away from but on one down-slope my chair slid into one and need Mr. Muscles to give me a push to the left to get out. If you’re wondering, NO, Brodie wasn’t helping but the little guy wasn’t hurting my situation either so I was glad to have him there.

I’ll have to be sure to bring more batteries for the GoPro from now on so all viewing could see our adventures. At the point of the map where it says “steep hill” my chair was sliding down the dirt rode while I had my chair in reverse the whole time. Shawn and I weren’t too worried about getting to the bottom of the hill at this time, we were already thinking about how I was going to get back up. We stopped worrying about it real quick when we made it to the bottom because by the looks of the trail/dirt road we’d be able to do more exploring. Well after about 100 yards we came to a slight right turn of the trail and it was soft mud across our whole path that would have devoured my chair as soon as my wheels got near it so as you can guess it was time to head back. I had my chair in “DRIVE 2” which we think means a lower gearing. The chair is definitely slow in “DRIVE 2” so we were hoping it helped up the hill. I’d say we made it more than half-way up when the chair quit. I think the motors on my wheelchair heat up from over-working them and need a short break. Approximately 10-15 seconds and we were rolling again but only gained a few feet and two of them were sideways. Thankfully a mountain biker was going our way and gave us the help we needed. Didn’t get his name but thanks man, we appreciated it. From there it was an easy roll back to the van.

If you have any suggestions please let me hear them.
Looking for dog friendly and wheelchair accessible
We’re in SoCal – Orange, Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino Counties

Hope you enjoy,
Sean

Photography: Shawn Goar
Video: GoPro mounted to my chair

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