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


Downtown: City Hall to Pike Place

Stairway-curious urban hikers will find endlessly fascinating architectural details everywhere on this Downtown walk! The route starts at City Hall, with good parking beneath the Central Library just a few blocks north.

NOTE: A helpful reader tells us the 89 steps at Pine Street have been fenced off, as of late June 2013. Here's her suggested walkaround:

"We followed the book closely, so we did the descent on the Hillclimb with the new (2010) art work lamps (which were delightful!) then got on the Elliott Bay Trail and turned right onto Pine. That next set of stairs, the ones that are old and have wooden handrails held up with old streetcar rails -- that's the part blocked off top and bottom. It was still cool to go look at them through the fence and see the old streetcar rails.
"There's a parking garage to the right of these stairs. So in order to avoid doing the same set of stairs twice (the Hillclimb that we just came down) we used the stairs of the parking garage. They are easily accessible on the south side of the garage. At the top, we turned left and found two possible sets of stairs/overpasses over the road into the Market. We took the closer one and in retrospect (by looking at the extra photos on the website) that was the one you intended*."


The slideshow below has the additional pictures referred to in the book with the "www" icon. There are additional pictures below that.

*To view these stairs, scroll down to the last picture.

The Art Deco-style Exchange Building (1930) was erected to house the regional stock exchange...just as the market collapsed

This closeup of the front entrance to the Exchange Building reveals decorative brass gleaming in the sunlight

One hundred and three steps take you from one street end down to another, via the Union Street stairway

One of the 7 cast-aluminum human figures adorning the upper Pike Place Hillclimb

These steps switchback to a footbridge over Western Avenue, and into Pike Place Market

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Just found your blog. I am doing the big climb in March and wondered where you have found has the longest staircase so that I can train on it?

December 15, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterhiker mom

Sorry for this late, late response! The Howe Stairs are the longest, from Franklin St. on the east side of Lake Union going up under I-5 and thru Colonnade Park, all the way up to 10th Ave. on Capitol Hill. That's 388 steps total. In West Seattle there's the Thistle St. Stairs starting at 46th Ave. SW: that's 367 steps. And for an especially beautiful workout atmosphere, definitely try the stairs in Burien's Eagle Landing Park: 289 steel steps. Good luck!

January 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJake and Cathy

Love the book. We followed the Downtown route today and found that the Pike stairs (the ones using the streetcar rails for handrail posts) are fenced off. We used the stairs up the parking garage instead.

We've lived here for 25 years and still learned new things on this walk. I had no idea the Seattle Tower had 30 something shades of brick!

June 22, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterdorothy

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