Cheshiahud Lake Union Loop


Day Hike - Cheshiahud Lake Union Loop

Hike around Lake Union early evening finding as many stairs as possible.

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  • Easy
  • Easy
  • Mileage: 7.8 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 100 ft

We'll follow the well-developed Cheshiahud Trail clockwise around Lk Union starting just before 6pm at Gas Works Park, outside the park rest rooms.  Parking is free and plentiful at that hour.

Early evening hikes in the city call for headlamps and urban variations on the 10 essentials.  No cotton, please, but reflective items add to our safety crossing city streets. Sunset is 6:04 pm, civil twilight a half hour later. Smaller umbrellas are OK, too.

Participants familiar with Lake Union's history, maritime industry, native American practices or other insights to our route are welcome to help with the narration.  Pace will adjust to hikers' comfort and fitness level -- this is not a marathon but a reasonable level of fitness is assumed for 6 to 7 miles with very few steps up and down.  Negligible altitude gain or loss.

The hike is a substitute for the no longer available Burien stairway walk from Seattle Stairway Walks (2013) and is the 25th (and final) in an initial series of night hikes started in January 2107.  Our source for this hike, however, is David Williams' Seattle Walks (2017), Chapter 8: "Lake Union: circumnavigating the center of the city."

Check out the Seattle Stairways blog here:  And Discovering Seattle Parks (Westerlind, 2017 Mountaineers Books) is a wonderful guide to our city and nearby regional parks systems.


Cheshiahud Lake Union Loop

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials

  1. Navigation
  2. Sun protection
  3. Insulation (extra clothing)
  4. Illumination
  5. First aid supplies
  6. Fire
  7. Repair kit and tools, including knife
  8. Nutrition (extra food)
  9. Hydration (extra water)
  10. Emergency shelter
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