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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

Thursday
Sep272012

Mercer Island: Mercerdale Hillside

Near the northwest tip of Mercer Island, you'll find a magnificent system of paths and stairways that weave through an ever-changing hillside greenbelt. This exploration of Seattle stairs is unique, in that all of the stairways are located within forested land. The trees are mostly big-leaf Maple at the north end, but largely (and we do mean large) conifers at the south end. That's where you may get a chance to spot the eagle's nest, just before taking a short but interesting jaunt through the residential neighborhood at the top of the hillside.

After finishing this 2-mile loop, you may want to explore two historical highlights of the area: Roanoke Landing, which briefly provided ferry access to the island before the floating bridge was built in 1940; and Roanoke Inn, which since 1914 has variously provided food, lodging and various kinds of entertainment during the Prohibition years.

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Roanoke Landing is a nondescript pocket park located at the end of a driveway
The view toward Seattle from the end of historic Roanoke Landing
It's said that in February, historic Roanoke Inn has hard-to-get Pliny the Younger on tap

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