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

Entries in Eastlake (3)


Summer on the Blaine Stairs

A few days ago, we walked the "Eastlake, North Capitol Hill and Portage Bay" route (Chapter 9). Among its many attractions is the Howe stairway, longest in Seattle with 388 steps; Colonnade Mountain Bike Skills Park underneath I-5; and peaceful Astrid's Park, a tiny shoreline park next to Portage Bay.

One of our very favorite attractions on this route is the Blaine stairway (293 steps), which gives urban explorers access to beautiful 1-acre Streissguth Gardens. The gardens were our special target for the day, and we weren't disappointed. Below are a few pictures, but a personal visit is highly recommended! 


Walk Around Lake Union's Chesiashud Trail

We started and ended our walk at Gasworks Park

Last weekend we finally got to do an urban hike we've talked about for years: the Chesiahud Trail, encircling Lake Union. The 6-mile Trail connects Gasworks Park on the north end with its much newer counterpart across the water, Lake Union Park.

This trail is all about enjoying an intimate view of the varied neighborhoods clinging to this erstwhile industrial lakeshore. The hike is mostly level, so stairways don't figure as importantly on the Chesiahud Trail as they do in our book routes. Still, a walk around the Chesiashud Trail feeds that same exploratory spirit!

We joined about 20 other people with the Urban Hikers Meetup Group. Our walk began with clouds and sprinkles in the morning, but ended with crisp Fall sunshine that brilliantly highlighted the season's beautiful colors. The slides below are just a few of the scenes you'll discover on this wonderful route.