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


Madrona and Leschi

There's a treasure trove of stairways and greenspaces atop the bluff next to Lake Washington, between the SR520 and I-90 bridges. In this area in 1891, an electric trolley line opened up the Madrona neighborhood for development (see photo below).  It approached from the west along E Cherry Street, then turned north up 34th Avenue, along today's little commercial village. It then turned east and down a heavily wooded canyon toward Lake Washington, along what is now Madrona Drive.

Unless you decide to stop in for a break, on this route you don't even pass through the commercial village at all. Instead you'll roam elsewhere, finding discreet stairs and passageways with lake-spanning vistas, gorgeous old homes and beautiful volunteer-supported greenspaces.

Additional pictorial content, referenced in the book, is contained in the slideshow below (indicated by the "www" icon). You can see several more views from the walk below that.

Madrona trolley turnaround and maintenance shed (University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections, Lee 11); in Seattle, commercial and residential development followed newly placed trolley lines like this one

The 38th Avenue stairs - 137 steps down to Newport Way (and the cover image of our book)

 The Spring Street stairs

Madrona Park shoreside

Toward the end of the walk: up the Columbia Street stairs


Fauntleroy and Morgan Junction

Here's a wide-ranging stairway walk in the northern part of the Fauntleroy neighborhood. On this walk you'll step down the second-longest Seattle stairs, at Thistle Street. You'll also see wonderful examples of neighborhood art; take winding timber stairs down the Lincoln Park bluff to the cobblestone beach below; and "discover" a well-hidden stairway as you near Morgan Junction. There's also a stop at Solstice Park, where you'll visit a giant earthen astrolabe - an instrument that predicts where on the horizon the sun will set with each solstice. Where your stair walk nears the end, you'll find ample opportunities for food or drink - such as the excellent pub in Morgan Junction that specializes in craft beer and cider.

The slideshow marked by the "www" icon below contains the extra pictorial content referred to in the book. 

Looking back up the Thistle stairs, midway down


Here are a few more pictures: 

Detail of the Thistle Street stairs: note the recycled electric streetcar railing
After walking to Solstice Park, with its astronomical earthworks, you'll make your way over to Lincoln Park. To get down from the top of the bluff in Lincoln Park to the beach, you'll have two choices. The main route takes a bluffside path right. Or, you can turn left to walk along the top of the bluff south, until you arrive at the alternate bluffside pathway down to the beach, pictured below:

Midway down the alternate south bluff stairs

At the base of Lincoln Park bluff: looking across the Sound to Blake Island