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

* Seattle Channel's City Stream: Seattle Stairways (2016) 

* 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


Lakewood-Seward Park 

This is one of our very favorite explorations of Seattle stairs, partly because it was one of the first routes we discovered. But there's also a unique, immersive feeling as you walk along hillsides through the heart of the neighborhood, cloaked among the trees. Lake Washington is a big visual presence here too, as it is with the other Seattle stairway walks along the shoreline (check out the map on the Home page). The Lakewood-Seward Park neighborhood also has an interesting history that is closely tied to the level of the lake, which fell 9 feet in 1917. You can learn more about that in the book, which also provides directions for an optional walk through old Wetmore Slough, now high and dry and known as Genesee Park.

The "www" icon denotes additional pictorial content referenced in the book (to see it, click on the slides).

A first view of the lower Ferdinand Street stairway

A Note About Lakewood/Seward Park
Strictly speaking, this stairway walk remains entirely within the confines of the Lakewood Park neighborhood. Seward Park is just next door to the south, but the area is often referred to collectively as Lakewood-Seward Park. In 1907 the entire Rainier Valley area was annexed to Seattle, including the partially developed residential neighborhoods known as "Lakewood" and "Seward Park."

To further confuse things, in 1911 the city bought Bailey Peninsula from the Bailey family in order to create a city park called Seward Park. It's always a great place to visit, and the book has directions from this walk's starting/ending place. Seward Park has miles of walking trails around the peninsula perimeter and throughout the old-growth interior. It has a swimming beach and play areas, as well as an Audubon Center that helps visitors view and understand the local habitat and animal life.  

Thanks to for the following: Lakewood History;  Seward ParkMontlake Cut

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Reader Comments (3)

I just discovered your blog and am so happy that I did! What a wonderful project--I am really excited to get out and explore these urban gems (and am especially glad to see this post about a walk in my 'hood). Thank you!

January 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAlanna

Great blog! Have you seen or They are great resources like yours for stairclimbers. For technique useful in stair racing competitions, is a great page.

February 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPJ

Congratulations on the book, very glad to hear about it! I'll pick it up as soon as it's available.

July 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLuke McGuff

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