The Emerald City Wanderers
Seattle, Washington

We are a walking club, associated with America’s Walking Club, also known as the American Volkssport Association.  We offer fun, fitness, and friendship through non-competitive walking events.  We are known as the Holiday Club because we sponsor organized events on and around holidays – New Year’s Eve and Day, Easter, Independence Day, Labor Day, and Halloween.  And we host many year-round-events in Seattle.

Join us for our next event:

Celebrate Spring!  Saturday, April 11, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., finish by 4:00 p.m.

Join us for our annual Traditional Event which we host on the Saturday before Easter.  This year’s route takes walkers through the UW Horticulture Center gardens and the Union Bay Natural Area (photo above), past Husky Stadium, along the Burke-Gilman Trail, on a lovely stroll through University Village, and up in to the Laurelhurst neighborhood.  Two walk options:  6K and 10K, both rated 2B.

Registration:  UW Light Rail Station – from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  Start table is at Lot E-19 near the Station.  Note for drivers, parking at UW Station is free starting at noon, otherwise it’s paid parking at event rates at Husky Stadium lots, or on-campus parking for $6.

Alternate Registration:  Laurelhurst Playfield, north end – from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. only.  Free street parking.

Address and directions – UW Light Rail Station:  3720 Montlake Blvd. NE, Seattle, WA 98105.  For Light Rail riders, disembark at UW Station, take escalators up, look for the start table in Lot E-19 near the Station.  Driving:  I-5, exit 169. NB turn right or SB turn left onto NE 45th St.  Then right on 15th Ave NE.  To park on campus, turn left on NE 41st St. into campus garage.  Park and walk downhill through campus to Husky Stadium.  UW Light Rail Station is on Monltake Blvd., next to the Stadium.  Or to park near UW Station, continue on 15th past the campus garage, and turn left on Pacific St.  Continue straight, cross Montlake Blvd, and enter Husky Stadium lot.

Address and directions – Laurelhurst Playfield:  Meet at north end of playfield.  Nearest address is 4530 46th Ave. NE, Seattle, WA 98105.  Driving:  I-5, exit 169.  NB turn right or SB turn left onto NE 45th St.  Continue on 45th for 1.6 miles to fork in road (the four-lane arterial veers left to become Sand Point Way NE).  Stay in far right lane to continue straight on NE 45th St., heading uphill.  At top of hill, turn left on 46th Ave. NE and find street parking in the vicinity.  You may use the pedestrian bridge to cross 45th and enter the north end of Laurelhurst Playfield.

A colorful embroidered patch designed by Dorman Batson commemorating the event will be available for purchase.

Qualifying AVA Challenges:  Ice Cream Parlors, Little Free Libraries, Mayflower, Clocks.

Qualifying ESVA Challenges:  Brew.  Rails-to-Trails (except 6K from Laurelhurst start).

Light Rail Challenge:  Traditional Event – UW Station (except 6K from Laurelhurst start).

Take one of our Walking Challenges:

LIGHT RAIL WALKS CHALLENGE PROGRAM:  For 2019 we joined with several other clubs to sponsor the Light Rail Challenge, which features walks originating from Light Rail stations from Angle Lake to the UW.  Details:  Light Rails Challenge

NATIONAL PARK ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL PROGRAM: In 2016, the National Park Service celebrated its Centennial – 100 Years!  The Emerald City Wanderers club sponsors an AVA Special Program to honor that Centennial.  More details here.


Next Membership Meeting:

Thursday, March 12, 2020

Join us for supper and socializing.  We would love to have you.  Dues are $5 per year, which entitles you to work at our walks (some reward, eh?) and to good company and fun.  We are a diverse group that enjoys walking as well as each other’s company.  For more information, send a note to Mike.

Location:  Burien Roundtable Pizza.  15730 1st Ave. S., Burien, WA, 98148.  Supper (no host) at 6-ish p.m.  Meeting at 7:00 p.m.