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!

Fourth of July

Celebrate the 4th with a morning walk on North Beacon Hill, enjoying spectacular views at the reservoir atop Jefferson Park, and a pleasant walk on sidewalks and paved trails on top of Beacon Hill.  Start is outside of the Jefferson Community Center.  Two routes: 5K and 10K, both rated 1B for easy terrain.

Start Location:
Jefferson Park Community Center
3801 Beacon Ave. S.
Seattle, WA  98108
GPS coordinates:  47.569747,  -122.308277
See driving directions below.

Tuesday, July 4, 2023.
Register 8:45 – 9:30 a.m.

Driving Directions:
Northbound I-5, take exit 163 and stay right onto Columbian Way.  Southbound I-5, take exit 163A and stay left onto Columbian Way.  Left at first light onto S. Spokane St.  At Beacon Ave S (look for fire station on corner) turn right onto Beacon Ave S.  After a short distance, turn right into parking lot that stretches along Beacon Ave.   Watch for the IVV banner.

Route #36 stops at the park, directly in front of the Community Center.

Walk Directions from Light Rail:
Disembark at Beacon Hill Station and take the elevator up to street level.  Turn LEFT to walk to the corner at Beacon Ave. S. and S. McClellan St.  Turn RIGHT to CROSS Beacon Ave at the light.  Turn LEFT to CROSS McClellan.  Continue on Beacon Ave. S. for five blocks to S. Spokane St. (traffic light).  CROSS Spokane St. and continue on Beacon Ave. S. to the Community Center on your right (about 0.25K from Spokane St. to the Community Center – or a total of 1K from the Station to the Community Center).

Restrooms at Park.  Leashed dogs welcome.  Scoop the poop.  Carry water and use sun protection.  OK for strollers; difficult for wheelchairs.  THIS IS A GUIDED OR MAP WALK.  Allow time to register.  Start between 8:45 and 9:30.

AVA:  Par for the Course, Walking with America’s Veterans.
ESVA:  On the Road Again – Holiday, or New to Me.
Light Rail Challenge:  Beacon Hill Station.

Next Membership Meeting:

Join us for our next membership meeting.  All are welcome!  We meet monthly on the second Thursday.  Our next meeting will be in-person, at the Great American Diner restaurant in West Seattle.  (In order for us to reserve their private room, the restaurant asks that attendees order an entrée from the menu.  Here is a link to their website for their menu.).

Thursday, June 8, 2023
Meeting starts at 7:00
Arrive at 6:30 to order dinner

Great American Diner
4752 California Ave. SW
Seattle, WA  98116

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.