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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

Monday
Oct222012

Public Stairway Walk: "Alki from Above"

Recently, we led a public stairway walk along the route described in Chapter 18, "Alki from Above." We volunteered as Walking Ambassadors for Feet First, a membership organization that promotes neighborhood walkability and walking. They're currently working with King County on the "West Seattle In Motion" campaign. About 20 people joined us to explore North Admiral and Alki and enjoy all the georgeous Fall colors!  

Our 3.4 mile loop began just outside the southeast corner of Schmitz Preserve Park, heading along residential streets through North Admiral. Then at College Street Ravine we began a steep, curving descent down the bluff toward Alki Beach. A series of stairways took us down to the Alki Beach Trail, where we strolled beachside for a few blocks. 

Heading back, we took a well-hidden set of stairs that led us farther up the bluff toward Admiral Way and Schmitz Preserve Park. Just past the vintage 1936 bridge over the ravine, we stepped down a corkscrewing timber stairway into the park. There, a trail led us across Schmitz Creek and up and out the far southeast end of the ravine toward our starting place. We got lucky, nearing the end of our loop just as rain started up!

This was a fun tour of Seattle stairs at an especially colorful time of year for urban hiking. Feet First does good work, and we hope to do more public walks of Seattle stairways with them.

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