Ballard

This walk passes through parks, several residential neighborhoods, commercial and historic Ballard, and the Chittenden Locks.  On the 7K and 10K routes, you’ll walk across the Chittenden Locks, observing the lock attendants managing the locking of boats large and small between the Ship Canal and Puget Sound, and you’ll visit the fish ladder.  Chittenden also features a good Visitor Center and beautiful gardens and grounds.  The 6K route takes you directly to the Locks and back but without entering the grounds.  You’ll enjoy views of Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains.

Distance & Trail Rating:  6K, 7K and 10K.  Rating:  2A.

Start Location:  Saleh’s Delicatessen.  2401 NW 80th St., Seattle, WA  98117.  Start box is a folder kept on the floor behind the counter – kindly ask the cashier for it.

Start Location Hours:  M-F:  7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.  Sat/Sun:  8:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.  Store may be closed on major holidays – call store at (206) 789-8022 to confirm.

Amenities:  Restrooms: yes  |  Pets: yes  |  Strollers: medium  |  Wheelchairs: hard

Comments:  At this time, the Chittenden Locks are closed to the public until further notice.  Due to the closure, the 10K route distance is a little reduced.  The 6K route is fully available, but the 7K route is not (7K is the same as the 6K walk, but with an add-on to visit the Locks).

AVA Special Programs:  Ice Cream Parlors (10K only).  Little Free Libraries.  Mayflower – 400th Anniversary.  Walking with America’s Veterans.

ESVA Special Programs:  Whiskey-Vino-Brew:  Brew (10K only).   Rails-to-Trails (10K only).

Driving Directions:  From I-5, take exit 172 and drive west on N. 85th St. (becomes NW 85th St.) for approx. 2.5 miles, to 24th Ave NW.  Turn left on 24th Ave NW and proceed about 1/3 mile to the neighborhood shopping area at NW 80th and 24th NW.  Saleh’s will be on your right at the SW corner of the intersection.  Please use on-street parking.

Metro Bus:  Route 40 on 24th Ave.  Route 45 on 85th St. (five blocks north of Start).

Contact:  Dave Madsen  (206) 789-1960

AVA Walk Sanction Number:  Y1865