Seattle Stairway Walks: An Up-and-Down Guide to City Neighborhoods 

by Jake & Cathy Jaramillo

* The only guidebook to stairway walks in Seattle
* Explore Seattle neighborhoods in a new way with these interesting walks in Seattle
* Written for people of all ages who want to get outside, exercise, and explore
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Links & Media

* KPLU 88.1 "Tourist in Your Own Town" - Mount Baker Stairway Walk (2013)

* KING 5 Evening Magazine - Discover the Secret Stairways of Seattle (2013)

* KUOW News - The Hidden Legacy of Seattle Stairways (2013)

* AAA Journey - Last Stop: Stair Attraction (2012)

* Seattle Times - Guidebook Authors Show Ups and Downs. . . (2012)

Feet First - Seattle Walkability Advocates

* Sound Steps - Great Walking Groups for Over-50s!

* WalkOn inBellWa! - Walking Routes in Bellevue's Parks and Neighborhoods

Inventory of Seattle Stairs of 100 Steps or More website by Doug Beyerlein

* All Stairs Seattle Guide website by Susan Ott & Dave Ralph

* Year of Walking Seattle's Parks blog by Linnea Westerlind

*KOMO News - Year of Mapping Seattle's Stairs (2011)

*Seattle Times -  Queen Anne Stairways Map (2009)

* Washington Trails Association Magazine -  Urban Hiking (2007)

* Seattle Times - Seattle Stairways: Taking Time to Learn More About the City (2003)

* Seattle Weekly - Stairway Weekend (1999)

The Mountaineers as well as our publisher, Mountaineers Books


Stairway Spring Cleaning Day on Saturday, April 26th

Each Spring, new weeds start sprouting in the back corners of stairway treads. Fast-growing vegetation starts to overhang them. Clumps of moss, encouraged by the Winter rains, linger on risers here and there. All this can make some Seattle stairs look downright unappetizing by the middle of Spring.

Here's your chance to bring a cleanup tool (shovel, scraper, rake, hand clippers) and pitch in. Check out the Events and Walks page for a list of stairways, go to the signup link, and help spiff up a stairway near you! 

Stairway Spring Cleaning Day is co-sponsored by Feet First, The City of Seattle and Seattle Neighborhood Greenways.


Temporary Detour in Lincoln Park Creates Fun Options

There's a temporary detour you might want to know about on the "Fauntleroy and Morgan Junction" stairway walk (Chapter 16). When the route reaches the North Beach Trail, it normally heads down the bluff. But when we were there a few days ago, here's what confronted us:

After calling up the maintenance folks at Lincoln Park, we learned the North Beach Trail was closed because of a small slide near the top, caused by the heavy March rains. A Parks engineer recently ok'd trail clearing and repair, so the North Beach Trail is expected to re-open by the end of the week.

Meanwhile, there are a couple of fun options in case the trail is still closed when you get there, or just for some variety. One of them involves turning south, instead of north, onto the trail that runs along the edge of the bluff overlooking Puget Sound. This takes you directly away from the top of the North Beach Trail. You'll eventually reach the top of another trail that runs down the side of bluff, simply called the "Beach Trail," pictured below:


The Beach Trail goes most of the way down the bluff, ending at a T-junction just above Colman Pool. Turn left at the junction to angle more gradually downhill, and you'll soon wind up near the beach. Turn north past Colman Pool and continue north a half mile or more along the wide, sometimes busy, mixed-use path next to the beach. You'll rejoin the original stairway walk route just past the bottom of the North Beach Trail. This detour extends your route by almost a mile because of the wide swing south, but it's a truly beautiful option.

Unlike the North Beach Trail, which traverses a part of the bluff covered mostly by deciduous trees, the Beach Trail winds down among mostly coniferous trees with a shaded, deep-green understory. Here's a shot of Cathy enjoying the alternative Beach Trail route:


Another option skips the bluff face entirely, but in return you get a chance to explore the completely charming, off-the-beaten-path neighborhood just north of Lincoln Park. Take the original route as far as the currently closed North Beach Trail but instead of walking down the bluff, find the nearby trail heading east, away from the bluff, and parallel to the north border of Lincoln Park. You'll walk a short way, with a maintenance yard on your right, and soon you'll spy a street-end through the trees on your left. Go for it!

Take this street - Wright Avenue SW - straight north, just to the point where it starts to bend left (turning into SW Ledroit Place). Stay straight ahead, ducking into a "secret" ribbed concrete walkway that descends fairly steeply down to Lincoln Parkway SW. From there, make your way downhill toward Lowman Park and turn right at 48th Avenue SW to rejoin the original stairway walk route.

A steep "secret" extension of the Wright Avenue SW right-of-way