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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

Tuesday
Nov272012

Route Alert: Cedar Park

A well-hidden stairway on the Cedar Park route has long been a favorite of ours. On our first encounter, this particular stairway was easy to miss, dropping quickly away from NE 42nd Avenue into a generous cover of trees and shrubs.

An initial flight of just 27 steps ended in a very narrow asphalt pathway running through a shallow ravine. We wondered (in an excited way) where this path was taking us! We could hear a brook running alongside the path, and then see it cross underfoot just as we came to a final flight of stairs dropping down to the Burke-Gilman Trail. 

Well the news is that for now, this stairway is closed for replacement by the City. It's a significant part of the route, so if you just bought the book and are raring to try some routes, we suggest you do other ones until about the end of the year, when the city says the job should be done.

The new stairs are located just a few feet south of the old ones, but in keeping with the city's stairway construction policy they'll be wider, have more substantial double handrails, and they'll include a runnel on the side so bicyclists can roll their wheels up and down. There will be more steps too; we made a preliminary count of 46 steps compared to 27 with the old stairway. The old stairway will be removed.

This will change the character of this part of the route, since a couple of trees were removed and the area has been cleared to make way for a new stairway alongside. It's safe to say that the stairway will be more visible and in-the-open. It also might be useful to bicyclists who want to get through this part of the neighborhood down to the Burke-Gilman trail. All those things are good for the 'hood, but we will miss the old, mysterious, "hidden" stairs.

Here are a few pictures showing the construction and other views of the route that we captured on a sunny November day.

 

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