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)


2013 Stairway Walks Day Recognized

On February 9th this year we teamed up with Feet First, the statewide walking advocacy group, for our first annual Stairway Walks Day. On that day Feet First volunteers led 300 people on 15 stairway walks across the metro area, all of them routes from the book.  

We've just learned that Stairway Walks Day has been nominated for a 2013 Sustainability Leadership Award from Sustainable Seattle, whose website says "...Started in 2001, these awards are designed to recognize those helping make the Puget Sound region a more sustainable and livable place." The event has been nominated in the "Transforming Spaces" category, with final winners to be announced January 31st at the Museum of History and Industry.

We're excited! Stairway Walks Day helped put a spotlight on how important our region's stairway legacy is - for connecting, exercising and just generally getting out to explore our neighborhoods. Next year's event, again with Feet First backing, will take place on February 8th. 


Jane's Walk: The Olmsted Vision

This Sunday we led a stairway walk for Feet First, in honor of Jane Jacobs. She was a journalist and urban critic who in 1961 published the influential book The Death and Life of Great American Cities. "Jane's Walks" have been taking place all over the country, with Feet First sponsoring more than a dozen of them here in Seattle. Jacobs believed that restrictive zoning laws and homogenous urban renewal projects were sapping the vitality of cities and contributing to urban blight. Instead she argued that high-density, mixed-use neighborhoods, with lots of "eyes on the street," were the best model for a vibrant urban community. The purpose of Jane's Walks is to explore and reflect on our own urban environment, and consider what makes our own neighborhoods successful and human-scaled. 

About 25 folks joined us and our special co-leader Jennifer Ott for a stroll along the Olmsted-influenced neighborhoods of Montlake, Stevens and Capitol Hill (Chapter 14 in the book). Jennifer, a historian and President of Friends of Seattle's Olmsted Parks, told us the story of how John C. Olmsted left a huge imprint on the quality of life in Seattle, planning much of the open space that gives both variety and continuity to our neighborhoods.  

Climbing up the 22nd Avenue StairsFor more pictures of our Jane's Walk adventure, check out the slides below. To learn about Feet First walks, check out their website. Their next walk, the "Stadium District Walk and Talk," is coming up soon.