Cowen & Ravenna Parks


Day Hike - Cowen & Ravenna Parks

This night hike is another Seattle Hiking urban adventure. Follow Ravenna Creek from Green Lake (the source) through Cowen and Ravenna Parks to Lake Washington (the outflow).

  • Easy
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 5.6 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 300 ft
  • Pace: 2.2

Meet at the Green Lake Park Community Center outside the north entrance to Evans Pool shortly before 6pm geared up for a 6pm departure. Metro 26, 45 and 316 busses stop nearby.

Yes, Green Lake is 7' lower than a century ago.  We'll follow the historic path of the original Ravenna Creek from Green Lake to Lake Washington, much as described in David Williams' Seattle Walks (UW Press, 2017).  From NE Ravenna Blvd, we'll wander through Cowen and Ravenna Parks where the stream was daylighted in 2006.  We have the option of a two-bridge wander above the ravine.

After a half-mile on the Burke-Gilman Trail we'll come to the heart of the former town of Yesler, site of a sawmill, schoolhouse, two churches and a post office.

We next find the UW Center for Urban Horticulture (bathrooms maybe) and walk through the natural area along Union Bay to wrap up on Pacific Avenue and catch Metro 45 back to Green Lake.  We may organize a both-ends car pool, time permitting.

Yes, you must bring a headlamp and/or hand carried flashlight.  Reflective clothing is a plus.  These are good sidewalks and trails -- we'll move right along.


Cowen & Ravenna Parks

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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