Join Feet First for the 3rd Annual Stairway Walks Day!
This family-friendly event takes place in 14 locations across Seattle. Urban explorers are invited to join one of the guided neighborhood walks ranging in location from Fremont to Fauntleroy, and everywhere in between. On these stairway routes you’ll discover gems you wouldn’t see otherwise. Colorful mosaics, serene pocket parks, restored creeks and gorgeous homes are quietly hidden amid these stairway passages.
Come see the sights and learn the stories that only Seattle stairways can tell… and only your feet can take you!
All proceeds for this event help support Feet First’s mission to ensure all communities across Washington are walkable.
Suggested donations start at $10, with free admission for children under 18. Pay what you wish – no one will be turned away from joining in the fun.
RESERVE YOUR SPOT TODAY: http://stairwaywalksday2015.bpt.me/
• What: 3rd Annual Stairway Walks Day
• When: Saturday, February 7, 2015. Walks begin at 10 am and end at 12 pm.
• Where: See walk locations below; starting points to be given upon RSVP.
DOWNTOWN/ CENTRAL SEATTLE
Southwest Queen Anne Walking Tour SOLD OUT
Queen Anne hill can be roughly divided into four distinct quadrants, each with its own look and feel. Southwest Queen Anne is the elegant one. On this route we’ll visit the stately, neo-Gothic Wilcox Wall; climb secluded stairways and cobblestone lanes beneath towering trees and opulent homes; and take in famous, wide-open views across the city.
Walk Leader: John Stewart, Feet First Board Member
Numbers: 2.6 miles: 588 steps down, 477 steps up.
South Magnolia Walking Tour CANCELLED
It’s easy to get the impression that this neighborhood is just a subdued enclave of expensive homes with big views across the Sound. That’s true for the part most accessible to visitors in cars, where Magnolia Boulevard runs along the western edge of the bluff. But there’s a lot more in Magnolia to excite a curious visitor’s interest.This stairway walk traverses the entire peninsula, where you’ll explore the breadth of Magnolia’s homes and architecture, its contours and views.
Walk Leader: Carolyn Heberlein, Neighborhood Walking Ambassador
Numbers: 4.5 miles: 327 steps down, 405 steps up.
The Olmstead Vision Walking Tour
In 1903 the City of Seattle commissioned the prominent Olmsted Brothers firm of landscape architects to design a system of parks for Seattle. After a month-long visit here from Boston, John C. Olmsted made recommendations that deeply shape the character and unique livability of Seattle today.
Walk Leader: Dave Ramsay, Feet First Board President
Numbers: miles: 4.2 miles: 243 steps down, 359 steps up.
Downtown: City Hall to Pike Place Walking Tour
This stairway walk makes a terrific “city day,” either as a Downtown refresher course for Seattleites, or an off-the-beaten-path alternative for visitors. Among many architectural treats, we’ll visit buildings from Seattle’s brief but spectacular Art Deco period; peer up the bulging side of a nationally acclaimed Postmodern-style tower; and get a close-up view of one of the few remaining architectural details that are easy to miss from a car or bus. We’ll see intricate architectural allusions to early commerce in the Pacific Northwest, and inspect quirky sidewalk hatch-cover art.
Walk Leader: Jack Bennetto, Neighborhood Walking Ambassador
Numbers: 2.5 miles: 385 steps down, 455 steps up.
Eastlake, North Capitol Hill and Portage Bay Walking Tour SOLD OUT
This stairway walk carries you from the top of Capitol Hill down to the edge of Eastlake, with views all along the way, before it heads back up the hill and over to Portage Bay. As Seattle stairs go, this is the route with the most: you’ll visit the longest stairway in Seattle, the Howe street stairs, though (shhhh!) we’ll show you the shortcut.
Walk Leaders: Jules Feibelmann, Feet First Project Specialist & Eloisa Raynault, Feet First Board Member
Numbers: 2.3 miles: 349 steps down, 337 steps up.
Madrona/ Leschi Walking Tour
A distinctive stretch of stair rich neighborhoods lies along the western shores of Lake Washington, between the I-90 and SR520 bridges. Here the bluff above the lake is creased by deep ravines, harboring Olmstead-designed parks and beautiful homes. The walk showcases two Seattle premier open spaces: Madrona Woods and Leschi Natural Area.
Walk Leaders: Jake & Cathy Jaramillo, Neighborhood Walking Ambassadors and the authors of Seattle Stairway Walks
Numbers: 1.7 mi: 371 down, 299 steps up
Fremont Walking Tour
We’ll start this Fremont stairway survey with a stroll along the ship canal, before heading up streets and stairs to the northern heights of the neighborhood and Fremont Peak Park. Then we’ll turn back down, threading our way through the eastern side of the neighborhood. This walk will show us both out-of-the-way nooks and crannies and touristy sights of an old neighborhood with a tumultuous past.
Walk Leader: Jim Davis, Neighborhood Walking Ambassador & Feet First Board Member
Numbers: 3.2 miles: 224 steps down, 302 steps up.
University of Washington Walking Tour
This jaunt takes you to outlying areas and hidden gems on the University of Washington campus, without neglecting the better-known sites like Red Square and Rainier Vista. A stairway walk can be incredibly exciting here in the early April, when you’re most likely to catch the Yoshino cherry trees in extravagant bloom all around the Quad.
Walk Leader: Naomi Botkin, Neighborhood Walking Ambassador & Feet First Policy Committee Member
Numbers: 2.6 miles: 273 steps down, 325 steps up.
Ravenna Walking Tour
Ravenna, just north of the University of Washington, is a typically busy university neighborhood. Cars and bikes constantly ply the major streets, and pedestrians are out and about throughout the day. This stairway walk takes you away from all that, onto the side streets, up hillsides, and into the deep ravine at the quiet heart of this gorgeous neighborhood.
Walk Leader: Elaine Albertson, Feet First Board Member
Numbers: 1.6 miles: 118 steps down, 264 steps up.
Alki from Above Walking Tour
Is there a route from the top of the bluff, to the beach below–maybe a stairway or two with a view? You’ll find out on this walk, which starts in the North Admiral neighborhood at the top of the peninsula, advances to the bluff’s edge, then plunges down steep lanes and scenic byways toward the beach.
Walk Leader: Timothy Lowry, Neighborhood Walking Ambassador
Numbers: 3.4 miles: 374 steps down, 73 steps up.
Longfellow Creek and Pigeon Point Walking Tour
The hugely varied route starts out on the Longfellow Creek Legacy Trail, one of the nicest and most accessible sections of this restored year-round creek. We’ll climb the west flank of Puget Ridge via the Genesee stairs to explore the Pigeon Point neighborhood on top, with peek-a-boo views of Cascades and Olympics. We’ll descend another well-hidden stairway down the east flank, before rounding Pigeon Point under the West Seattle Bridge, right next to the heart of industrial West Seattle.
Walk Leader: Laura Kennedy Gould
Numbers: 1.8 miles: 274 steps down, 314 steps up.
Fauntleroy and Morgan Junction Walking Tour SOLD OUT
This is a wide-ranging stairway walk in the northern part of the Fauntleroy neighborhood in West Seattle, and it includes excellent opportunities for food and drink near the end. On this route we’ll step down the second-longest Seattle stairs; descend a wooded bluff to the cobblestone beach below; and “discover” a well-hidden stairway near Morgan Junction. There’s also a stop at little-known Solstice Park, home of a giant earthen astrolabe.
Walk Leader: Claire Acey, Feet First Communications Committee Member
Numbers: 3.5 miles: 495 steps down, 69 steps up.
Mount Baker Walking Tour
A stairway walk in the northern Mount Baker neighborhood leaves lasting impressions. There’s gracious old Dose Terrace stairway, with its scroll-like balcony overlooking Lake Washington and Lake Washington Boulevard. Colman Park’s forested path rises up from the lake to meet a classic Olmsted-era tunnel portal, its retro curves accented by thick, bright-green moss.
Walk Leader: Lisa Quinn, Feet First Executive Director
Numbers: 2.4 miles: 569 steps down, 372 steps up.
Deadhorse Canyon and Rainier Beach Walking Tour
This Seattle stairs jaunt starts by taking you on steps and trail, up and down the length of verdant Deadhorse Canyon. Taylor Creek runs through it; it’s one of only three in the city that flow year-round, and it’s fun to visit at different times of the year to watch how it changes. We’ll eventually climb out of the canyon and down toward residential Rainier Beach, where more stairways give up marvelous south Lake Washington views.
Walk Leader: Mary Magenta, Neighborhood Walking Ambassador
Numbers: 1.8 miles: 307 steps down, 120 steps up.