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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

Thursday
Aug072014

The Many Attractions of Maple Leaf Reservoir Park (Including Stairs!)

Yesterday evening we joined another one of the Museum of History and Industry's (MOHAI) excellent Neighborhood History Tours, this time at Maple Leaf Reservoir Park. Roger Van Oosten, our tour leader, opened by saying "The City of Seattle hit a home run here at Maple Leaf Reservoir Park." He was totally right!

Maple Leaf Reservoir Park encompasses 16 acres, much of it in the form of a circular grass field on top of the new lid covering Maple Leaf Reservoir. It's one of the higher spots in Seattle, so you get great views looking south toward downtown and Mt. Rainier.

It's a lively, art-filled park. We saw boot campers working out; ultimate frisbee players doing drills; runners going up and down the two robust stairways; and a boy playing the resident piano that's in place as part of the "Pianos in the Parks" program.

We also took a quick walk through the surrounding neighborhood of charming Arts and Crafts houses. Roger predicts that many of them will soon give way to denser residential developments, with Light Rail's imminent Link extension from the University Station up to Northgate.  

If you haven't checked out Maple Leaf Reservoir Park and the surrounding neighborhood, it's well worth a visit. Thanks Roger, and thanks MOHAI!

 

Thursday
Jun262014

In A Golden Gardens State of Mind

The other day we headed north from our home in West Seattle to Golden Gardens (Chapter 3), to check out the summer scene. Golden Gardens Beach is a Seattle hotspot this time of year, but for stairway walkers like us, the best scene is found on the bluff high above. Up here the trees transform the stairways into a series of deep green tunnels all the way down to the beach. Encapsulated in this thick leafy canopy, we can feel a drug-free combination of wonder and euphoria.

After people-watching at the beach for awhile, we decided to extend the walk that's described in the book. After strolling south for a bit along the beach boardwalk, we headed across the parking lot and street to find the very beginning of the Burke-Gilman Trail. After walking south along the Trail for a mile, we reached a point just opposite the Shilshole Bay Beach Club at around NW 64th Street (the Club isn't visible, hidden to the west behind a set of unused train tracks, shrubs and Seaview Ave NW).

There we turned left, crossing a gravel driveway to take the a path leading up to and beneath the main BNSF tracks. On the other side of the tracks is a newly-refurbished stairway that provides a connection back up to the residential streets. Once we were back in the neighborhood, we followed 34th Ave NW north for 1 1/2 miles. This took us back to our starting point at the top of the Upper Bluff stairs, with a pause midway to look out over the Sound from the excellent vantage point of Sunset Hills Park.