ADA-Accessible Recreation in the Mountains to Sound Greenway 

The Mountains to Sound Greenway National Heritage Area (Greenway NHA) offers a variety of ADA-accessible recreation opportunities like trails and facilities that allow people of all abilities to immerse themselves in nature. The Greenway Trust has helped construct ADA-accessible picnic tables and trails over the years to bring folks closer to nature, like the Camp Brown Day-Use Area which provides remarkable views to the congressionally designated Wild and Scenic Middle Fork Snoqualmie River.  

This itinerary of must-visit ADA-accessible trails and spots in this scenic region offers unique experiences for visitors. If you would like to find even more trails that are barrier-free and wheelchair-friendly across the state, check out this list by the Washington Trails Association. Exploring the great outdoors should be an experience that everyone can enjoy year-round, regardless of physical ability.

Itinerary

  1. McCormick Park

    McCormick Park in Duvall offers a variety of ADA-accessible recreation, including trails and picnic areas. It’s an ideal spot for families, with its open spaces and accessible pathways that invite leisurely strolls or rolls, and outdoor play. The park’s riverside setting provides a tranquil backdrop for a relaxing day out. 

    Aerial view of concert at McCormick Park in Duvall
  2. Camp Brown Day Use Area

    Camp Brown Day Use Area is perfect for a day trip with family or friends. The facilities here include ADA-accessible picnic tables and restrooms, ensuring that everyone can comfortably enjoy their visit. The area is well-suited for picnicking, making it a convenient spot for those looking for a quick escape into nature and the perfect place to see the Wild and Scenic Middle Fork Snoqualmie River. The Greenway Trust designed and built the Camp Brown Trail in partnership with the US Forest Service, Northwest Trails, and McClung Construction from 2019-2020.   

  3. Gold Creek Pond

    Gold Creek Pond is widely cherished, and for good reason. The 1.2-mile loop trail is fully ADA-accessible and offers breathtaking vistas of the Alpine Lakes Wilderness. While the paved section is wheelchair and stroller-friendly, the boardwalk is currently deteriorating, and the pond has posed some issues for the endangered bull trout. The picturesque pond at Gold Creek Pond was originally a gravel dig site for the Sunset Highway and I-90 construction, altering the area’s hydrology. Fortunately, the Forest Service is working on a comprehensive restoration project, slated for 2025, to enhance stream flows and revamp the trail for better wheelchair accessibility. During this time, the existing boardwalk will be dismantled, and the paved path will be closed temporarily.  The Greenway Trust and various recreational and conservation organizations are devising a new ADA-compliant system to be implemented post-restoration.   

    Person looks out over Gold Creek Pond as fog hugs the surrounding mountains
  4. Hyak Sno-Park

    Hyak Sno-Park is very popular for family sledding, snowshoeing, and for cross-country skiers who want to start on the north end of the Palouse to Cascades trail that follows the length of Keechelus Lake. It has a wheelchair-accessible restroom with ample room to change and electric heaters to keep off the chill. The handicapped parking is at the south end of the lot and it backs up to the snow for easy access for both para-Nordic skiers and people using Nordic ski walkers. 

  5. Crystal Springs

    Crystal Springs is the Sno-Park with something for everyone from snowmobiling to cross-country skiing to ski-joring with dogs including winter ADA-accessible recreation. As of winter 2023, it now offers handicapped access for para-Nordic skiers (sit skiers) at the entrance to Parking Lot 4. Skiers can park at designated handicapped signs, access the ADA toilet, and slide onto a spur trail designed to take them to the Palouse to Cascades trail where they can continue north or south, or go to the Erling Stordahl trails via access at the Forest Loop. The trail to the Palouse to Cascades is also used by skiers with dogs and is not tracked.  A Sno-Park pass and a special grooming sticker is required. Click here to learn more about how to get these recreation passes. 

    Two people cross-country skiing
  6. Picnic Shelter at Salmon La Sac Campground

    The historic picnic shelter at Salmon La Sac Campground is not only ADA-accessible but also steeped in history. Visitors can enjoy a meal in a rustic setting while taking in the natural beauty of the surrounding forest. The shelter and nearby facilities ensure that all visitors can comfortably access this scenic area. 

  7. Teanaway Campground

    The Teanaway Camping Area is a fantastic destination for those looking to spend a night under the stars. The campsite supports ADA-accessible recreation with toilets and picnic tables, making it easier for everyone to enjoy camping. The area is known for its stunning landscapes and clear skies, perfect for stargazing and outdoor adventures. 

If you would like to be a part of volunteer opportunities that keep these trails and places accessible for all, head to this page to learn more.