accessibility standards for Federal outdoor developed areas 85 Removable Beach Access Route Requirements Removable beach access routes are not required to comply with the specific require- ments for running slope, cross slope, resting intervals, and dune crossings. Connections [1018 2] Beach access routes must connect an entry point to the beach to the high tide level at tidal beaches (figure 30); the mean high water level at river beaches; and the normal recreation water level at lake, pond, and reservoir beaches. Whenever possible, providing a beach access route that extends into the water will allow people to remain in their mobility devices and to transfer directly into the water. Figure 30—The high tide level at a coastal beach. Surface [1018 3] The surface of beach access routes and resting intervals must be firm and stable. Sand is not a firm and stable surface. Additional information on firm and stable surfaces is provided in the trails section of this guide.