Seattle Olmsted 50: Ballard Locks to Rainier Beach


Urban Walk - Seattle Olmsted 50: Section 4

join us for Section 4, Washington Park Playfield to Stan Sayres Memorial Boat Launch, for the fourth of the Seattle Olmsted 50 section-a-week this November, our launch month for this new urban trail. We connect many, many Olmsted parks, boulevards and playfields.

  • Easy/Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 6.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 585 ft
  • Pace: 1.5 to 2.0 mph

Meet shortly before 8am at the Washington Park Playfield (south end of the Arboretum bordered by Madison St.  Plenty of parking.  Be geared up and ready to walk. Public transport is available.

Section 4 starts at the Washington Park Playfield then goes to Lake Washington Boulevard, Denny Blaine, Viretta, Howell, Madrona, Leschi, Frink, Colman and Mount Baker Parks, and Hunter Boulevard, and finishes at Stan Sayres and Genessee Parks. It's 6 miles one-way with 585 feet of elevation gain (9.7 km with 177 m of elevation gain).

Our walk explores the meanders on and off Lake Washington Boulevard with a stop in Leschi village. Little known Madrona, Leschi, Frink, Colman and Mount Baker Parks have us up and down, up and down.  We take in the sweeping view east along the I-90 corridor after a companion view west in the old "Garlic Gulch." We finish downhill along Lake Washington to the center of all things hydrofoils.  This section collects the most Olmsted Parks.  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 quiz).

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.

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