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“Wheel to the Sea” A challenge hike for wheelchair users and volunteer pushers

This exciting community event is especially designed to serve individuals in wheelchairs, including Iraq, Afghanistan and other military Veterans (and their families). Non-wheelchair users with minor Traumatic Brain Injury, PTSD, blindness, deafness or debilitating illnesses are also welcome to push a wheelchair or join in the event.

Fueled with a hearty breakfast, we embark on this five mile naturalist lead hike through Point Mugu State Park. The trail includes rocky terrain, slopes and mud or stream crossings in times of wet weather. These natural obstacles provide challenges and opportunities for team-work and trust building. The event culminates at the beach with a family style barbeque and use of specialized beach wheelchairs.

All who participate will benefit from the physical challenge, social interaction and camaraderie offered from this unique outdoor adventure!

Transportation to and from the event will be provided from locations in both Woodland Hills and Newbury Park.  

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  • Preston B.

    This was an amazing day! I will definitely be in attendance for future events. What a great collection of people. Thanks to Ciana, Brad, and Michael for putting this together!

    May 11, 2011

  • Barb

    Great people...great experience...just an all around great day! looking forward to November!

    May 8, 2011

  • chris c.

    My expereince was one of the greatest times I had ever had

    May 8, 2011

  • Ciana G.

    Everyone was amazing! You pulled together as a team offering your muscles and smiles and strategy to get the wheelchairs through the eight stream crossings safely to the sea. The peels of laughter from the wheelchair participants reverberated through my dreams last night and I awoke feeling a sense of gratitude and joy for being a part of such a heart-opening event.

    Thank you all. We couldn't have done this without each and every one of you!

    May 8, 2011

  • marion

    As usual, it's very gratifying to be a part of this bi-annual event. Thank you to all the organizers, volunteers, and participants.

    May 8, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks again Brad and Ciana,for another AWESOME hike.See you Nov 5.

    May 8, 2011

  • eric p.

    Very organized, although bus broke down on the way to Woodland Hills coming home.
    The volunteers were great!!!

    May 7, 2011

  • Jack N.

    I'm planning on writing a newspaper column about this event which will appear in the Santa Monica Daily Press Friday, May 6th. I would like to include a photo from past hikes (perhaps from a year ago at this time) with my column but need high resolution pics that can be printed with good clarity. Please contact me at [masked]

    May 1, 2011

  • Ciana G.

    Thank you anyways maybe you can join us at the next one on November 5th. Keep your eyes open for the announcement of that MeetUp.

    April 22, 2011

  • lisa/mariposa

    ciana, thanks... wish i could go but have a prior commitment. i WOULD be able to come for the first hour or two (until 10:30 or so), without my dog, so if i could be of any help pls let me know

    April 22, 2011

  • Ciana G.

    Wheelchair spots available again due to last minute cancellations! RSVP's close Friday April 29th.

    April 22, 2011

  • Ciana G.

    HI Lisa:
    Because we will be hiking in a "Designated Wilderness Area" the state park rules allow only licensed therapy dogs. We love dogs too but unfortunately your dog will not be able to join us on this event. We would love to have you and your friend join us though!

    April 21, 2011

  • lisa/mariposa

    i would like to come but need to check other commitments... if i can, may i bring my well-behaved dog and a friend (we could take turns pushing w/c and holding dog leash)? i have a lot of experience empowering people with disabilities and am considering training my dog for pet therapy...

    April 20, 2011

  • Ciana G.

    The "Wheel to the Sea" is now FULL for wheelchair participants!
    However, we DO still need volunteer wheelchair pushers.
    I have changed the RSVP?s to
    "waiting list only" due to wheelchair lift buses being full. (Please do use the waiting list as we often have cancellations).

    April 18, 2011

  • Ciana G.

    Of course. If you feel like you can hike a slow 4 1/2-5 miles and join some new friends pushing new wheelchair friends...please join us! RSVP though the site and thanks in advance for answering the posted questions.

    April 14, 2011

  • Jennifer C.

    I think this sounds like a great experience. I am in no ways an expert hiker, would this be ok for someone like me?

    April 14, 2011

  • Larry

    I'll be there!

    February 24, 2011

  • Ciana G.

    RSVP's will open March 7th for the 2011 Spring "Wheel to the Sea" event!

    February 20, 2011

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