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


Stairways of Tuscany, Italy

We just got back from a visit to Tuscany - first with a small group of friends, followed by a Sierra Club International Outings tour. Here's a pictorial sampling of some beautiful stairways from the trip!



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!