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8 Wheelchair-Accessible Elopement Locations in Washington

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Okkkk friends – you know I’m obsessed with adventure elopements and that my life literally revolves around them. I’m in love with hiking to epic places to couples so they can say their vows in front of crazy epic views, somewhere that’s meaningful to them. I’ve already written lots of blogs about my fave places to elope in Washington, so today, I’m narrowing it down to a list of the best wheelchair-accessible elopement locations in Washington – because people of ALL abilities deserve to have epic adventure elopements! You absolutely do not need to hike 7 miles up a steep mountain in order to get incredible views, and in fact, sometimes it’s super nice not tiring yourself out like that🤣

Sooo this blog is going to guide you through 8 of my favorite wheelchair-friendly locations + hiking trails in Washington for adventure elopements, so that you and all of your guests are able to attend your ceremony out in beautiful Mother Nature. 

Ready to witness some freakin’ amazing views without all the effort? 😉

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8 Wheelchair-Accessible Elopement Locations in Washington

Here are 8 of the most amazing, wheelchair-accessible elopement locations in Washington state:

  1. Hurricane Ridge | Olympic National Park
  2. Lake Crescent | Olympic National Park
  3. Hall of Mosses, Hoh Rain Forest | Olympic National Park
  4. Devil’s Punchbowl | Olympic National Park
  5. Picture Lake | Mount Baker
  6. Washington Pass Overlook | North Cascades National Park
  7. Gold Creek Pond | Snoqualmie Pass
  8. Rattlesnake Lake | North Bend

For each location, I’ll give you a few deets about where it is, what the landscape is like, the best wheelchair-accessible trails to choose from, & what accessible amenities are available in the area. We’re travelin’ all around Washington for this list, starting all the way on the Olympic Peninsula and making our way over to the North Cascades & Snoqualmie Pass.

You’ll notice that this list includes locations in only TWO of Washington’s three national parks, excluding Mount Rainier National Park. Unfortunately Mount Rainier isn’t the most wheelchair-accessible park, with very limited viewpoints accessible to wheelchair users. So I think you’re better off visiting a different part of the state where you’ll have more luck finding trails & views that you and your guests can ALL access no matter what!

Now let’s dive into whatcha came here for!!

bride and groom holding each other washington pass landscape

1. Hurricane Ridge | Olympic National Park

Hurricane Ridge is def one of the most popular spots in Olympic National Park because it’s SO dang easy to get to. You get epic views of the Olympic Mountain range & the surrounding hills without having to hike miles and miles up a steep mountain – so it’s really a win-win! It’s the perf place for an intimate elopement ceremony or private vow exchange, because you and any guests you invite will be able to witness the amazing scenery with barely any effort, no matter your mobility level. 

Type of location: Mountain

ADA-accessible amenities:

  • Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center
  • Restrooms at visitor center
  • Gftt shop & snack bar
  • 1 designated parking space at Hurricane Hill trailhead
  • Picnic area with an accessible ramp & paved trails
bride and groom holding each other up hill forest landscape

Best wheelchair-friendly trails near Hurricane Ridge:

There are 3 different wheelchair-accessible trails you can choose from at Hurricane Ridge: Hurricane Hill, Big Meadow Loop, & Cirque Rim to Sunrise View Point.

Hurricane Hill via Hurricane Ridge

  • Distance: 3.2 mi round trip
  • Elevation gain: 650 ft
  • Difficulty: Easy/moderate
  • Terrain type: Paved asphalt
  • Trail width: 3-8 ft 
  • Grade category: Mostly gentle (<5%) at first, then 15-20%*

*Wheelchair users may need assistance getting up & down the steeper sections

Big Meadow Loop

  • Distance: 0.4 mi loop
  • Elevation gain: 19 ft
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Terrain type: Paved asphalt, concrete
  • Trail width: 3+ ft
  • Grade category: Mostly gentle (<5%)

Cirque Rim to Sunrise View Point Trail

  • Distance: 1.3 mi out & back
  • Elevation gain: 219 ft
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Terrain type: Paved asphalt, dirt, rocks
  • Trail width: 3+ ft
  • Grade category: Mostly gentle (<5%)*

*Wheelchair users may need assistance getting up & down the steeper sections

bride and groom holding each other foggy hill forest landscape

2. Lake Crescent Lodge | Olympic National Park

Lake Crescent Lodge is an adorable lakeside lodge located on the shores of – you guessed it – Lake Crescent!! Another one of the most visited locations in the park, Lake Crescent is a gorgeous lake right at the foothills of the Olympic Mountains, right near Port Angeles. You & your guests can stay in this cozy, ADA-accessible lodge, AND get married right outside the building, on the super beautiful shores of the lake – no trails required!

Type of location: Lake, beach, lodge

ADA-accessible amenities:

bride and groom walking together on dock lake forest view

3. Hall of Mosses, Hoh Rain Forest | Olympic National Park

Ok ok the Hoh Rain Forest will FOREVER be one of my fave places to take couples to – I’m convinced it’s truly one of the most magical places on Earth. You’ve probs seen photos of it before, because it has some of the coolest rainforest scenery in all of the PNW: vibrant green moss everywhereeee, lush foliage literally everywhere you look, and weirdly-shaped trees & tree roots that have grown all over the place. It feels like a literal fairytale walking through this whimsical, coastal forest, and the best part of all is that the Hall of Mosses trail is completely wheelchair-accessible, so you and all of your guests can meander through this dreamy rainforest together!

Type of location: Rain forest

ADA-accessible amenities:

  • Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center
  • Restrooms at visitor center
  • Picnic area
  • Restrooms at picnic area
  • Benches along the Hall of Mosses trail

Trail info:

  • Distance: 1.1 mi loop
  • Elevation gain: 78 ft
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Terrain type: Gravel, dirt, roots, rocks
  • Trail width: 6+ ft 
  • Grade category: Mostly gentle (<5%)*

*Wheelchair users may need assistance getting up & down the steeper sections

bride and groom walking together hall of mosses, hoh rain forest landscape

4. Devil’s Punchbowl | Olympic National Park

Devil’s Punchbowl is a great, easy swimming hole on Lake Crescent, and can be accessed by the wheelchair-accessible first mile of the Spruce Railroad Trail. It’s suchhh a beautiful backdrop for elopement portraits, with the bright blue waters & layers of mountains shining bright behind ya, and is a great option if you want to walk a little bit but not have to do any crazy hikes or any more than a few minutes of uphill walking.

Type of location: Lake

ADA-accessible amenities:

  • Accessible pit toilet at Spruce Railroad trailhead
  • No restrooms

Trail info:

  • Distance: 2.4 mi out & back
  • Elevation gain: 144 ft
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Terrain type: Paved asphalt, wooden bridge with railings
  • Trail width: 6+ ft  
  • Grade category: Mostly gentle
bride and groom reading vows lake crescent landscape

5. Picture Lake | Mount Baker

Now let’s head east to Mount Baker! I freaking love Mount Baker and personally think it’s sooo underrated, simply because it’s not one of Washington’s amazing national parks. Picture Lake is one of the most stunning locations at Mount Baker, AND the path to get there is totally wheelchair-accessible! You get unreal views of Baker and the surrounding mountains, and the reflections in the water on a clear, sunny day are breathtaking – one could say, picturesque 😉

Type of location: Mountain, lake

ADA-accessible amenities:

  • 1 designated accessible parking space in paved lot off Mount Baker Highway 1 mile south

Trail info:

  • Distance: 0.4 mi loop
  • Elevation gain: 6 ft
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Terrain type: Boardwalk with railings, gravel, dirt*
  • Trail width: 3+ ft  
  • Grade category: Mostly gentle (<5%)

*All-terrain tires or motorized equipment may be needed for unpaved areas

For some real-life Picture Lake elopement inspo, you neeeed to take a look at Marissa + Stanley’s Romantic Mount Baker Elopement at Picture Lake!

bride and groom kissing picture lake, mount baker landscape

6. Washington Pass Overlook | North Cascades National Park

If you just want somewhere to stop along your drive through the North Cascades for some epic elopement portraits in the mountains, look no further than the Washington Pass Overlook! It’s literally a rest stop along the North Cascades Highway, but has some of the most amazing, easily-accessible views in the whole mountain range. 

Type of location: Mountain

ADA-accessible amenities:

  • Benches along the trail 
  • Restrooms
  • Information station

Trail info:

  • Distance: 0.3 mi loop
  • Elevation gain: 108 ft
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Terrain type: Paved, smooth asphalt
  • Trail width: 4+ ft  
  • Grade category: Mostly gentle (<5%)*

*Wheelchair users may need assistance getting up & down the steeper sections

bride and groom kissing washington pass mountain landscape

7. Gold Creek Pond | Snoqualmie Pass

Gold Creek Pond has become a super popular place to visit in WA lately because of how absolutely GORGEOUS it is + it being sooo easy to get to. The loop around the lake is paved + wheelchair-accessible, and you get the most beautiful mountain views from the shores of the pond. It’s an adorable place to have a little picnic by the water, too!

Type of location: Alpine pond

ADA-accessible amenities: 

  • 2 designated accessible parking spaces in paved parking lot at the south end of the trail

Trail info:

  • Distance: 1.2 mi loop
  • Elevation gain: 45 ft
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Terrain type: Paved asphalt, wooden boardwalk with edge barriers, wooden bridge with railings
  • Trail width: 6+ ft  
  • Grade category: Mostly gentle (<5%)

If you wanna learn more about Gold Creek Pond, check out my full Gold Creek Pond Elopement Guide!!

bride and groom at wedding ceremony gold creek pond landscape

8. Rattlesnake Lake | North Bend

Last but not least, Rattlesnake Lake is a bomb af elopement location for wheelchair users. The out & back trail takes you along the water, with mountain views + cute little shore areas where you can take portraits, have your ceremony, or have a picnic! The reflections in the lake on clear days is super beautiful, and the lush green trees surrounding the water add some great variety to the elopement portraits you can take.

Type of location: Lake, beach

ADA-accessible amenities:

  • Paved parking lot

Trail info:

  • Distance: 1.3 mi out & back
  • Elevation gain: 32 ft
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Terrain type: Gravel*
  • Trail width: 8 ft 
  • Grade category: Mostly gentle (<5%)

*All-terrain tires or motorized equipment may be needed for unpaved areas

bride and groom walking together rattlesnake lake landscape

And that’s all for today!! I hope that one of these 8 wheelchair-friendly elopement locations in Washington will be the perfect fit for your big day, whether you’re celebrating just the two of ya or alongside your closest fam and friends. Told you you could get epic views with just an ounce of effort 😉

I would looooove to come along and document your adventure – if you’re vibing with what I’m sayin’, you can learn more about me here + contact me here to see if I’m available for your Washington elopement. Can’t wait to see which epic location you pick!!

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