Seattle Olmsted 50: Ballard Locks to Rainier Beach


Urban Walk - Seattle Olmsted 50: Section 2

Join us for Section 2, Woodland Park Zoo to Husky Stadium, for Max Sarkowsky's mentored walk, who is also the steward of this section. We connect many, many Olmsted parks, boulevards and playfields.

  • Easy/Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 6.4 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 356 ft
  • Pace: 1.5 to 2 mph

Meet shortly before 9am near the bathrooms at the West Entrance to the Woodland Park Zoo. 5500 Phinney Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103.

Section 2 starts at Woodland Park Zoo and then goes to Green Lake, Cowen/Ravenna Parks, Ravenna Boulevard, and finishes near Husky Stadium. It's 6.4 miles one-way with 362 feet of elevation gain (10.3 km  with 110 m of elevation gain). For public transit options, public bathrooms and treats see the last page of our Section 2 document.

This is also a mentored walk for Max Sarkowsky, who's goal is to share this beautiful walk with you while having some laughs along the way. Walker beware, there may be dad jokes...

Our walk takes us along down through Woodland Park to walk along Greenlake to the community center. We then follow Ravenna Boulevard to Cowen and Ravenna Parks (for a three bridge adventure). We take Fraterniy Row into the University of Washington campus.  Wander the Quad and admire the Drumheller Fountain as we finish near Husky Stadium. Some may wish to walk back but there is good bus service direct to the Zoo.

Those who complete all five sections -- 50km -- will receive a Seattle Olmsted 50 Badge (when Stewardship is current and you get a passing score -- repeatable-- on the Olmsted experience).

Full turn-by-turn directions will accompany the Hello Urban Walker letter. Walks can also tap the See full route/place details link above the starting point map to find resources (Maps, GPX, Turn-by-Turn-.


Seattle Olmsted 50: Ballard Locks to Rainier Beach

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

Water, snacks, appropriate outerwear, and sturdy shoes (good tred is an advantage as there may be slippery sections). Bright or reflective clothing is recommended as this will be a walk along city streets.

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