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 our club is known as the “Holiday Club” because we sponsor organized walking events on or near holidays – New Year’s Eve and Day, Easter, Fourth of July, Labor Day, and Halloween.   We also host many self-guided year-round-walks in Seattle.

Walk With Us – Our Next Event

Great Blue Heron – Union Bay Natural Area

Celebrate Spring with our Easter Walk  –  Saturday, April 3, 2021

Walk through the scenic Laurelhurst neighborhood, the UW Horitcultural Center gardens, the Union Bay Natural Area, and through parts of the UW campus.  If the cherries are in bloom, the route will go through the Quad.  Two walk options:  6K and 10K.  Both routes are rated 2B for hills in Laurelhurst, and for dirt trails at Union Bay.

Start Location:
Laurelhurst Playfield – north end of park, near NE 45th St.
nearest public street address:
4530 46th Ave. NE
Seattle, WA  98105

Saturday, April 3, 2021.
Register 9:00 – 10:30 a.m.  Finish by 1:30 p.m.

Driving Directions:
Best public address to set your GPS, for the north end of Laurelhurst Playfield is:  4530 46th Ave. NE, Seattle, 98105.  From I-5, take exit 169, onto NE 45th St. (NB turn right on 45th, or SB turn left on 45th).  Move to the right lane and continue straight on NE 45th St for 1.5 miles.  At about 37th Ave. NE, veer slight right to stay on NE 45th St (do not follow the main arterial as it veers left to become Sand Point Way). Continue straight, then uphill, on NE 45th St.  Laurelhurst Playfield is at the top of the hill, on the right.  Look for the pedestrian bridge crossing over 45th and find street parking in the vicinity.  Start will be in the park near this bridge.

This will be a map-walk with very limited trail marking.  Pets are welcome.  A colorful embroidered patch designed by Dorman Batson commemorating the event will be available for purchase.  The patch is embroidered with the year 2020 (due to Covid, the 2020 walk was cancelled, so this beautiful patch is available at a reduced price this year, for only $6.00).

Little Free Libraries, Mayflower – 400th Anniversary, Rockin’ Around the Clock.
ESVA Challenges:  Rails-to-Trails – Burke Gilman.
Emerald City Wanderers Light Rail Challenge:  UW Station.


Next Membership Meeting:

Thursday, March 11, 2021 at 7:00 p.m.

Join us for our virtual meeting, held online.  All are welcome!  For more information, 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.