Pioneer Hall/Madison Park


Day Hike - Pioneer Hall/Madison Park

This night hike, urban adventure will take us down Madison Avenue, the only street that connects Elliott Bay, unbroken, to Lake Washington. The original trail cutting through heavy timber was hired out to Native Americans in 1864. We end at Pioneer Hall -- no guarantee of entry.

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  • Easy
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 3.7 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 690 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 431 ft
  • Pace: 2 mph

We'll meet shortly before 6pm for a 6pm start a the intersection of Alaskan Way and Madison Street.  That's just across the street from Seattle Fire Station #5, Metro bus #11 runs from Madison Park to Pine & Fourth.  Some may wish to park at Madison Park and return to their cars at the end.

Night hikes require headlamps and/or handheld flashlights.  We follow Seattle Walks (Williams, 2017) Seattle Walks hike #7, Madison Street.   

In his words, "Not only does this walk allow you to trace Seattle's earliest commute, but it also illustrates the city's economic geography.  You start downtown in the urban core, proceed up to its first tony housing area, pass through an early African American community, and descend into a shopping enclave before going by one of Seattle's wealthiest neighborhoods and ending at another one."

If we gain entrance to  Pioneer Hall in Madison Park, I'll ask for a $5 donation for their generosity and to help defray their deficit.  I'll inform you before the hike if we have access that evening.


Pioneer Hall/Madison Park

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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