The Emerald City Wanderers
Seattle, Washington

We are a walking club which hosts non-competitive walking events for fun, fitness, and friendship.  We’re a Seattle-based chapter of America’s Walking Club, and we’re known as the “Holiday Club” because we host organized walking events on or near holidays – New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, Fourth of July, Labor Day, and Halloween.   We also offer many self-guided year-round-walks in Seattle.


Join us for our next event!

New Year’s Walks  –  Sunday, December 31  &  Monday, January 1

Say farewell to 2023 with a sunset walk on New Year’s Eve. As evening descends, you’ll enjoy holiday lights in residential and business neighborhoods, along with great nighttime views of downtown Seattle, Magnolia, and ship traffic across Puget Sound and Elliott Bay.  The 10K route, rated 2A, walks down to and along Alki Beach and then back up the hill to the Start Location. The 5K walk, rated 1A, stays atop the hill and wanders down to the Junction business district, passing by holiday light displays.  Walkers are advised to bring flashlights.  Finish by 7:30 p.m.

Then join us again on New Year’s Day and start 2024 off right!  The routes are different from those of New Year’s Eve.  There will be a 10K route, rated 2A, and a 6K route, rated 1A, both with great views of Elliott Bay and Puget Sound.

Start Location:
St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church
3050 California Ave SW
Seattle, WA  98116
GPS coordinates:  47.575930,  -122.386180
See driving directions below.

Dates and Time:
December 31:  Registration open from 3:30 – 6:30 p.m.  Finish walk by 9:30 p.m.
January 1:  Registration open from 9:00 – noon.  Finish walk by 3:00 p.m.

Driving Directions:
From I-5, take exit 163 (northbound) or 163A (southbound), and cross West Seattle bridge.  Exit at Admiral Way.  Go up Admiral Way a little over a mile to California Ave SW, a major intersection.  Turn left and go 0.3 mile to West Seattle High School parking lot, adjacent to St. John’s Church.

AVA:  Mayflower
ESVA:  On the Road Again – Multi-day Events, Holiday, or New to Me.

Restrooms available at start / finish.  Pets are welcome.  A tooled leather patch designed and made by Dorman Batson commemorating the event will be available for purchase.


Next Membership Meeting:

For December’s meeting, we’ll conduct a brief meeting before our annual holiday party.  Join us – all are welcome!  Bring a wrapped white elephant gift of $10 value or less for the anonymous gift exchange.

Thursday, December 14, 2023
6:00 Socializing and no-host cocktails
6:45 Brief Meeting
7:00 Dinner

601 S. 153rd St.
Burien, WA 98166

To RSVP, or for questions, send a note to Mike


Take one of our Walking Challenges:

LIGHT RAIL WALKS CHALLENGE PROGRAM:  Beginning in 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.