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 Feet First (9)


Walking From Georgetown to Columbia City

Feet First is a membership nonprofit that advocates for walkability throughout the state. They are very active around Seattle, with volunteer Neighborhood Walking Ambassadors (NWAs) leading regular urban walkabouts. If you join the Feet First Meetup, you'll be in the know about their frequent on-foot explorations of neighborhoods all over central Puget Sound. 

On this late-winter day, in light rain, about 10 explorers joined NWA John Reardon for a walk between Georgetown and Columbia City. The two of us were curious about how we'd find our way up and over Beacon Hill from one neighborhood to the other. We were eager to see what we'd find along this creative city hike, anchored at either end by two of Seattle's most vital and interesting neighborhoods.

As it turned out John picked a great loop route that offered several discoveries for the two of us: a beautifully preserved 19th-century cemetery; a couple of discreetly tucked-away yet spacious Parks greenspaces, complete with trails and stairs; and a major, previously unwalked stairway with 157 steps.   

A trail in the new Cheasty Greenspace


Stairways in Kirkland!

North entrance, Crestview Park: 210 steps

Until now our experience of Kirkland was limited to the little urban village around Central Way and Lake Street S. Last weekend, though, Feet First Neighborhood Walking Ambassador Dave Ramsay showed us how much we've been missing.

He led us and about 25 other walkers on a 6-mile loop through a couple of Kirkland's neighborhoods and a half-dozen great parks, each of them different from the rest. The slides below give a quick overview of what we discovered. We were blown away!

Feet First's Neighborhood Walking Ambassador program leads adventuresome walks all over. Check out their Meetup Group for a wealth of current urban hiking opportunities.