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 sponsor organized walking events on or near holidays – New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day, Easter, Fourth of July, Labor Day, and Halloween.   We also host many self-guided year-round-walks in Seattle.


Join us for our next event!

Stroll on Alki – New Year’s Eve  &  New Year’s Day

Join us for our traditional New Year’s Eve event, which includes an evening stroll along Alki Beach for great views of the city lights of downtown Seattle, as well as a walk through the neighborhoods to enjoy the Christmas lights in West Seattle.  Route goes past Luna Park, along Harbor Ave, and returns to the start point via California Ave.

Then return on New Year’s Day for another walking event, this one in the morning, also featuring a stroll along Alki for those fantastic views, but with a different route through the neighborhood for getting to and from the beach.

Saturday, December 31, 2022
Register 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Sunday, January 1, 2023
Register 9:00 am – noon

New Year’s Eve:
5K route rated 1A, and 10K route rated 2A

New Year’s Day:
6K route rated 1A, and 10K route rated 2A

Start Location:
St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church
3500 California Ave. SW
Carnation, WA  98116
GPS coordinates:  47.582245,  -122.386505
See driving directions below.

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 miles to West Seattle High School parking lot, adjacent to St. John’s Church.

Restrooms at the start / finish.  Strollers will have difficulty due to some stairs and hills.  Not suitable for wheelchairs.  Embroidered patch commemorating the event will be available for purchase.  Pets are permitted but not in buildings.  Owners are responsible for leash and cleanup laws.

AVA:  Mayflower – 400th Anniversary Walk
ESVA:  On the Road Again – Holiday, or New to Me.


Next Membership Meeting:

We meet monthly on the second Thursday.  For December, our membership meeting will be held at the start of our annual holiday party.  All are welcome!  If you are interested in attending, please RSVP to Fran by December 2.  A White Elephant gift exchange will be held after dinner.  Please bring wrapped gift of $10 value if you want to participate.

Thursday, December 8, 2022
Arrive at 6:00 for socializing
Dinner and meeting start at 7:00

Angelo’s of Burien
601 SW 153rd Street
Burien, WA 98166

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.