Seattle Olmsted 50: Ballard Locks to Rainier Beach


Urban Walk - Seattle Olmsted 50

Test walk new Section 10 of the Seattle Olmsted 70 to help us complete the 75 mile loop around Seattle. This urban walk goes from West Seattle Foot Ferry Terminal to Seattle Ferry Terminal, then back by Foot Ferry. Participants are invited to help edit the directions.

  • Easy/Moderate
  • Easy
  • Mileage: 5.9 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 340 ft
  • Pace: 1.5 to 2.0 mph

Meet at the West Seattle Foot Ferry Terminal (Seacrest Park, shortly before 8am.  Plenty of free, on-street parking.

Seattle Olmsted 70 (June 2024) walks complete the Seattle Olmsted 50 (October 2023) circuit to make a 120 km loop around Seattle parks and parkways. 
June walks test the accuracy and utility of the seven new Turn by Turn directions before posting the public routes on the Mountaineers website in July'.  The seven new sections replicate the format--about 6 miles, 500 to 900 feet elevation gain and rich in natural and cultural features.
Expect great views around the maritime waterfront and from the Foot Ferry returning to West Seattle.  Extra treat is a side excursion to Longfellow Creek Natural Area stream and structures.  We also ascend Pigeon Point and walk over the Spokane Street swing bridge.

Seattle Olmsted 50: Ballard Locks to Rainier Beach

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

Water, snacks, appropriate outerwear, and sturdy shoes.

Bright clothing is a plus for pedestrian safety.

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