Seattle Olmsted 50: Ballard Locks to Rainier Beach


Urban Walk - Seattle Olmsted 50: Section 5

join us for Section 5, Stan Sayres Memorial Park to Rainier Beach Playfield, for the final (fifth) 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: 6.8 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 445 ft
  • Pace: 1.5 to 2.0 mph

Meet shortly before 8am outside the boathouse at Stan Sayres Memorial Park. Be geared up and ready to walk. Free parking but nearest bus is some blocks away near Columbia City.  

Section 5 starts at Stan Sayres Memorial Park & Boat Launch then goes to Lake Washington Boulevard, Seward Park, Martha Washington Park, Pritchard Island Beach, Rainier Beach Urban Farm, Be'er Shiva Park, and finishes at Rainier Beach Playfield . It's 6.8 miles one-way with 445 feet of elevation gain (10.8 km  with 139 m of elevation gain).

Our walk meanders on and off Lake Washington Boulevard and Seward Park Avenue with a short loop inside Seward Park. Pritchard Beach and the nearby Urban Farm get us thinking about the impact of lower Lake Washington 9 feet over 100 years ago. We finish among a cluster of Seattle Public Schools -- Rainier Beach HS (see the frame of the new HS), South Shore PreK-8, and  Alan T Sugiyama HS at South Lake -- all serving the heart of Rainier Valley. This section even brings us through the third largest community of Sephardic Jews in the USA..  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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