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Accessibility

 

Accessibility Information for People with Disabilities

Visiting and Staying at the West Point Inn

 

Accessible Cabin

 

The West Point Inn has one wheelchair accessible cabin, known as the Emig Cabin, #14. It is connected by a ramp to an accessible parking space and the West Point Inn main building. 

 

Reserving the Emig Cabin

 

Those interested in staying overnight at the Emig Cabin, or any other cabin or Inn rooms, will need to make reservations in advance using the West Point Inn’s on-line reservation system. Prospective guests with disabilities are strongly encouraged to call the Inn at (415) 388-9955 prior to beginning the reservation process so that we may answer any questions about the appropriateness of the Emig Cabin or other facilities for their needs. The reservationist will contact everyone making an online reservation for the Emig Cabin to help avoid confusion on this. The reservation is not confirmed until after this contact by the reservationist.

 

All accommodations other than the Emig Cabin are available for reservations up to 90 days in advance of the desired stay for the general public and up to 120 days in advance of the desired stay for West Point Inn Association members. 

 

Reservations for the Emig Cabin are generally limited to persons with a disability (and their guest or attendant) until all other cabins and rooms are rented. However, if not reserved by seven days before the end of the 90/120 day reservation windows the cabin becomes available for reservation by the general public and members.  

 

An exception to this exclusivity policy occurs when a group has a “Whole Inn” booking of all the cabins and rooms in the inn. The Emig Cabin is included as part of a Whole Inn booking and is not limited to guests with disabilities. All other West Point Inn overnight stay reservations policies apply. Please read the Policy and FAQ page under Accommodations before completing your online reservation

 

Amenities include

 

  • Full bathroom with an accessible toilet and sink. Roll-in or walk-in shower with fold-up bench seating. Hot water is available for those with a disability.

 

  • One double bed with under the bed clearance for the use of a Hoyer lift. If a Hoyer lift is needed, it must be supplied and operated by the overnight guest or their attendant. The inn does not provide this equipment, nor assist in its use.

 

  • Murphy bed for an attendant.

 

  • Pillows, blankets and comforters are included. All visitors, including those with disabilities, should bring their own pillowcases, sheets (or sleeping bags) and towels. If not brought, bedding is available for a rental fee.

 

  • Radiant Heating is available when the cabin is occupied by a guest with a disability and must be requested from the Innkeeper. It can get very cold at the Inn, especially at night. It is recommended that all visitors bring warm clothing. The public areas in the Inn have propane heating.

 

  • Electrical Connections are available in the cabin to operate medical equipment or lighting during the stay. Request this from the Innkeeper upon arrival.

Visual Impairments

 

Persons with visual impairments and those otherwise not able to use the online system should contact the reservationist directly using email reservations@westpointinn.com for assistance.

 

Environmental Illness/Multiple Chemical Sensitivities

 

The West Point Inn has five other cabins. While these were not specifically designed for those with Environmental/Chemical Sensitivities, many guests have found that these cabins provide minimal exposure risk: these cabins do not have electricity, or heating. Furthermore, the building materials are basically bare wood, without finishes or glues or other materials that might trigger sensitivities.

 

Hearing or Speech Disabilities

 

For persons with hearing or speech disabilities, please call the California Telecommunications Relay Service at 711 for assistance when contacting the West Point Inn’s Innkeepers and reservationist. We have a strobe light attached to fire alarm in the Emig cabin, and in the inn’s upstairs hallway serving the rooms on that floor.

 

Parking and Accessibility at the Inn

 

At the West Point Inn, there is one van accessible parking space available for self-parking. Adjacent to the Emig cabin, and the Inn’s entrance door into the Member’s Lounge. The accessible parking space is reserved only for those with a current state disability placard or license plate approved by DMV (from any state). This is enforced by water district rangers and the sheriff. Persons driven to the Inn without a required state placard can use the accessible parking space for loading and unloading only. The innkeeper will direct the driver to an alternative parking space. Once you have arrived, do not drive off the property. 

 

Accessible Public Areas

 

The inn’s common areas and main deck are reachable from the interior of the Inn using a wheelchair accessible path-of-travel that exists throughout the Inn to the Inn’s front door. The kitchen is partially accessible for meal prep and the deck and hiker’s lounge have accessible tables for eating.

 

Accessible Public Restrooms

 

There are two public restrooms, with one being fully accessible, off of the main deck. The sink in the accessible public bathroom has hot water.

 

Driving Directions

 

Persons with chronic or even temporary disabilities who are unable to walk/hike to the Inn are allowed to drive/be driven to the Inn using the Old Railroad Grade fire road.  This road is an uneven and unpaved road surface. High clearance vehicles are recommended, but not essential if you drive slowly and carefully. Cell phones do not work everywhere on Mt. Tamalpais, so we advise you to obtain the gate operating code before starting up to Mt. Tamalpais.  To get the code call the Innkeeper on duty at 415-388-9955 during the Inn’s daytime business hours. Tuesday – Sunday, 11 am to 5 pm.

 

Start at Pantoll Ranger Station in Mount Tamalpais State Park located at the crossroads of Panoramic Highway and East Ridgecrest Boulevard. From Pantoll take East Ridgecrest Boulevard located across the street from Pantoll Parking Lot.  Continue up East Ridgecrest Boulevard for 3.1 miles, following the signs for East Peak. The Old Railroad Grade Fire Road fire road is unmarked, but located on the right side of East Ridgecrest Boulevard below the parking lot at the top of Mt. Tamalpais. Entrance to the fire road while heading toward East Peak requires a sharp steep right turn onto the fire road.  A less challenging turn is possible if one continues up into the East Peak parking lot to make a U-turn, and returns to the fire road for a left turn. There is a locked electric-powered gate at the entrance to the fire road. The gate has a number pad, which is reachable from the driver’s side window. Enter the code you received from the Inn’s Innkeeper. Once you drive through the gate, it will automatically close. 

 

It is about a 1.3 miles from the gate to the Inn. This road is shared with cyclists and hikers, another reason for driving slowly and cautiously. You will park at the Inn’s accessible parking space. Once you have arrived, do not drive off the property. Vehicles may be driven off the premises prior to checkout only in an emergency or with the on-duty Innkeeper’s approval. No gate code is needed on the return journey. As you approach the gate, stop about 15 feet from the gate and wait for the gate to automatically open.  Once you drive through the gate, it will automatically close.