Seward Park


Day Hike - Seward Park

Evening hike Seward to Greenwood to Genesee Parks and return along Lk Washington.

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  • Easy
  • Easy
  • Mileage: 4.8 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 630 ft

Meet shortly before 6 pm in front of the Seward Park Environmental Learning Center (Audubon Center) near the entrance 5900 Lake Washington Blvd S. Lots of parking. Toilets at same location.

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 8:12 pm, civil twilight a half hour later. Smaller umbrellas are OK, too.

Participants familiar with Seattle's history, architecture, urban horticulture 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 about 4.8 miles with at least 207steps up and 174 steps down.  Elevation gain and loss about 630'.

The hike is the 17th of 25 planned hikes from Seattle Stairways Walks. The SewardPark  neighborhood offers unique views and  some prime walking territory. This in an enhanced (longer) version of Lakewood-Seward Park Hike 22 in Seattle Stairway Walks (2013). Check out the Seattle Stairways blog here:  And Discovering Seattle Parks (Westerlind, 2017 Mountaineers Books) is a wonderful guide to our city parks system.


Seward Park

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials

  1. Navigation
  2. Sun protection
  3. Insulation (extra clothing)
  4. Illumination -- Head Lamps
  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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