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Day Hike - Old Seattle: Denny Hill & Historic Shoreline

We'll night hike explore Old Seattle, the Denny Hill Regrade (Belltown) and the historic shoreline to King Street.

  • Easy
  • Easy
  • Mileage: 5.3 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,100 ft

We will meet shortly before 6pm at the top of the Lenora Stairwalk elevator above Alaskan Way (below $5 after 5pm Pike Place Market parking  just off  Lenora). We should return no later than 8:30pm.

This up-and-down walk is a slight variation on Walks #2 and #1 in David Williams' 2017 Seattle Walks, University of Washing Press.  We'll go around 5.5 miles including the walk back from Occidental Park to Lenora along 1st and 2nd Avenues.  Metro Transit Bus Routes abound in the city.  

Our route (Walk #2) takes us up, down, around and through the Denny Regrade, that amazing civic effort to sluice millions of cubic yards of Denny Hill into Elliot Bay to open transportation routes for development at the turn of the last century.

We drop down Lenora (past our gathering place) to Alaskan Way and head south on city streets (Walk #1) to trace the original Seattle shoreline. We'll check out several buildings (mostly from outside) that maintain a link to the early 1900's.


Dress for the weather and the evening.  It will be dark and some travel is on city streets, so headlamps (or handheld lights) are required and reflective clothing is advised. 


Old Seattle: Denny Hill & Historic Shoreline

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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