Rugged Access for All

Rugged Access for All

A Guide for Pushiking America’s Diverse Trails with Mobility Chairs and Strollers

Christopher Kain


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Part narrative, part guidebook, this book follows the author and his wheelchair-bound daughter as they complete a range of hikes in all 50 states, validating that anyone can experience the natural landscapes the United States has to offer, even if pushing a mobility chair or stroller.

When Kellisa Kain was born premature with significant developmental and physical disabilities, she wasn’t expected to survive her first 24 hours. She defied the odds, and 20 years later she and her father, Christopher Kain, have pushiked using a specialized mobility chair in all 50 states. Now Chris wants to inspire other families, whether with children in strollers or in mobility chairs, to get outside and experience the country’s natural landscapes.

Rugged Access for All: A Guide for Pushiking America’s Diverse Trails with Mobility Chairs and Strollers showcases some of the greatest trails across the US that can be completed while pushiking—hiking with someone in a wheelchair, mobility chair, or stroller. Part narrative, part guide, this book chronicles their hikes in all 50 states. It includes detailed trail descriptions, full-color trail maps, and vibrant stories from Chris and Kellisa’s own experiences. Trails vary in difficulty, from deserts to mountains and everything in between.

Sometimes even a stroll around the block can have frustrating barriers to those with wheels, and this can lead to families staying inside too often.
Rugged Access for All gives families the knowledge, confidence, and direction to travel and experience the wonders of nature, no matter what mobility challenges they may face.


Christopher Kain:
Christopher Kain is recognized as a leader in the special needs world with an emphasis on hiking, camping, and general travel. His daughter, Kellisa, was born premature with significant developmental and physical disabilities. Together, they are pioneering a lifestyle of rugged accessibility, using specialized mobility chairs to pushike into this country’s most scenic and treasured natural areas. Chris created to share their adventures with friends and family. The blog has grown over the years with followers from across the world. He has also written some of the most popular stories on, the world’s largest website dedicated to people with disabilities.