Hiking Adventures with Bob '4WheelBob' Coomber


Lake Del Valle 
Hiking On the Water - An Afternoon in a Kayak 

Hayward Regional Shoreline
The Birds and Breeze 

Healthy Parks, Healthy People 
One Hiker's Take on a Wonderful Theme 

Oyster Bay Regional Shoreline 
An Old Favorite With a New Twist 

Five Parks
Five Favorite Wildflower Shows 

Coyote Hills Regional Park
And the People Who Love Them 

Fremont's Mission Peak
From Ohlone College to The Clouds 

The San Francisco Bay Trail at Eastshore State Park
A Historic Transformation 

Diablo Foothills Regional Park
Exploring Pine Canyon 

Redwood (Reinhardt) Regional Park
Need A Cool Summer Loop? 

Marsh Creek Trail
A "Let's Get Fit!" Trail Filled With Surprises 

Point Pinole Regional Shoreline
A Bayside Day of Discovery 

Tilden Regional Park
One of the First, Still One of the Best 

Morgan Territory Regional Preserve
Simply the start of a great day 

Ardenwood Historic Farm
Any Time of Year, it's Superb 

The Iron Horse Regional Trail
A Day On The Iron Horse Regional Trail 

Martin Luther King Jr. Shoreline Park
A Winter Afternoon at Martin Luther King Regional Shoreline 

Sunol Regional Wilderness
OK, Mother Nature - Let's Color These Hills!

About the Adventures

Wheelchair hiker and motivational speaker, Bob Coomber, aka 4WheelBob, offers several lively write-ups on his favorite East Bay Regional Park District hiking trails. Half of his hikes are geared toward relatively flat options with easy access, perfect for those with mobility devices, strollers, young kids on bikes, or anyone who wish to explore the outdoors on a flat trail. The other half of his hikes are more challenging -- he is, after all, the only person to climb 14,000' White Mountain in a wheelchair. These challenging hikes include longer distances and higher elevations. No matter what you're looking for, Bob is sure to have an option, and a story, for you.

All About Bob Coomber

Bob Coomber is a lifelong Bay Area resident, having been raised in Piedmont and currently calling Livermore home.

After acquiring juvenile diabetes in his early 20's, Bob struggled with the illness and its complications. His long struggle with diabetes was compounded by severe and irreversible osteoporosis. After multiple leg, knee, and ankle fractures, Bob finally took his doctor's advice and began life in a wheelchair.

Wheelchairs can seem confining, but to Bob the chair was simply another challenge to tackle. A lifelong hiker, Bob soon began experimenting with easy outdoors excursions. Several broken chairs later, one thing led to another, and Bob became a staple of local newspaper and television shows -- that guy in a wheelchair who won't believe in limits.

On August 24, 2007 Bob became the first person in a wheelchair to summit California's 3rd highest peak, 14,246' White Mountain. Bob is also the first in a chair to summit two local favorites, Mt. Diablo and its companion, North Peak, as well as Mission Peak in Fremont.

Bob was inducted into the California Outdoors Hall of Fame in January, 2007. He was one of only 27 Americans to receive the President's Council on Physical Fitness Community Leadership Award in 2008.  He's also been featured in every Bay Area newspaper, as well as the CBS "Early Show", ABC's "World News with Charles Gibson" and the Hallmark Channel.

Bob plans to summit Africa's highest peak, Kilimanjaro, and be the first unassisted wheelchair to make the journey. The trip will also serve to distribute 200 wheelchairs in Arusha, Tanzania, in partnership with The Wheelchair Foundation of Danville. A potential spring warm up summit attempt of Mexico's Orizaba (18,490') is being pondered.

An inspiring motivational speaker, Bob is popular with everyone from schoolchildren to senior hikers. He loves to inspire others to reach for their goals, no matter what the "perceived" obstacles. Bob has been married to wife Gina for 14 years. They thrive on finding new trails to explore all over California and the West.

As Seen on TV and Other Media

Bob Coomber has appeared in the local and national media. 

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Contact Bob

Bob is also a wonderful motivational speaker and enjoys speaking about the East Bay Regional Park District, trails, flora and fauna, outdoor adventures in California, and especially how to set goals and accomplish them.


Wheelchair Foundation
Leading an international effort to create awareness of the needs and abilities of people with physical disabilities 

Save Mount Diablo
Preserving Mount Diablo's peaks, surrounding foothills, and watersheds through land acquisition and preservation strategies