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:

New Year’s Eve – Sunset Walk:  Tuesday, December 31, 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.

New Year’s Day – Morning Walk:  Wednesday, January 1, 9:00 a.m. to noon.

Take in the sunset on this beautiful walk along Alki on New Year’s Eve.  Route begins at the top of the hill and winds its way through lovely neighborhoods, down to the beach at Alki for spectacular views, and back up to the start, where we have hot soups and snacks for waiting for you.  Enjoy the holiday lights after sunset – flashlights are recommended for the portion of the walk after sunset.

Then return on New Year’s Day and join us for a lovely morning walk, exploring more of West Seattle and a different portion of Alki beach, with expansive views of downtown and more.  Return to the start where hot soups and snacks await!

Two walk options, both days:  5K rated 1A (stays atop the hill), and 10K (down to the beach), rated 2A.

Registration at St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church, West Seattle.

New Year’s Eve, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  Finish by 10:00 p.m.

New Year’s Day, from 9:00 to noon.  Finish by 3:00.

Address and driving directions:  3050 California Ave. SW, Seattle, WA 98116.   From I-5 take the exit for “West Seattle Bridge” (for SB – exit 163A, for NB – exit 163).  Follow the signs to cross the West Seattle Bridge and then take the “Admiral Way” exit.  Follow Admiral Way as it goes uphill and then veers left.  Turn left on California Ave. SW.  Continue for 2 blocks and turn left in to the parking lot for West Seattle High School.  Church is on corner of California and Hanford, next to the High School parking lot.

A colorful embroidered patch designed by Dorman Batson commemorating both events will be available for purchase.


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, February 13, 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.