On Saturday, February 8 from 10 AM to noon, Feet First Neighborhood Walk Ambassadors will lead participants along several of the regions’s most impressive stairways. Routes have been chosen from Cathy and Jake Jaramillo’s book, Seattle Stairway Walks: An Up-and-Down Guide to City Neighborhoods.
For the best experience, walk groups are limited to 25 participants. Register in advance at this link; there is a suggested donation of $5.
Stairway Walks Descriptions
Starting off at a P Patch, we’ll visit Ravenna’s quiet residential streets before heading into picturesque Ravenna Park. The walk will offer many scenic viewpoints of the spectacular Ravenna Park ravine, which was carved by continental glaciers from the last ice age. We’ll also have the opportunity to walk on an elegant timber stairway and be surrounded by a vista of trees and natural beauty.
Walk Leader: Feet First Board Member, Jim Davis
Numbers: 1.6 miles: 118 steps down, 264 steps up.
Maple Leaf and Thornton Creek
With a fascinating mix of nature, public art, and architecture – this tour of Seattle stairways has it all! We’ll visit Thornton Creek, the largest year-round stream in Seattle, which provides a central theme. We’ll cross and re-cross it; view it bank-side and from tree-canopy height. And we’ll see how it’s been re-engineered by both humans and animals.
Walk Leader: President of the Thornton Creek Alliance, Ruth Williams
Numbers: 4.7 miles: 326 steps down, 136 steps up.
University of Washington
On this walk, we’ll visit hidden gems on the University of Washington campus, along with better-known sites like Red Square, Suzzallo Library, and Drumheller Fountain. The route crisscrosses UW’s beautiful, historic campus, taking on us on several impressive stairways and a footbridge. We’ll also take a short stroll along “The Ave” before finishing our tour of this 150 year-old institution, a Seattle neighborhood in its own right.
Walking Leader: Feet First Neighborhood Walking Ambassador, Adam Slivers
Numbers: 2.6 miles; 273 steps down, 325 steps up.