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Day Hike - The Arboretum, Interlaken Park & Volunteer Park

Good company, great views all directions and no rain until back at cars -- not bad for a rainy week. Four parks in 2 1/2 hours, a classic Seattle stairwalk in the heart of the Olmstead vision for Seattle parks.

  • Road suitable for all vehicles
  • Muddy at the start but good trail through Interlaken.  No blow down.  No sketchy, after dark activity noted.  Plenty of on-street parking at TH.

Full house, a dozen city hikers took 2 1/2 hours to complete the 4 mile walk -- reminder to trip leaders that many street crossings and stairs in the dark extend trip time a half hour beyond solo scouting route check. High point is a both visual and elevational after 106 stairs up the Volunteer Park water tower.  Early spring is a good time before the deciduous trees leaf out.  Recommend Seattle Walks (2017) to trip leaders wanting more background on Volunteer Park and Olmstead plan.  The GAR Cemetery is a gem with a unique and sobering look back to the great test of our country as a union of states.