Ballard

This walk passes through parks, several residential neighborhoods, commercial and historic Ballard, and the Chittenden Locks.  An optional 6/7K route takes you directly to and from the Locks.  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.  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 Time:  Walk hours:  daily, dawn to dusk.  Start location hours:  Monday – Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.  Saturday – Sunday, 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.  Store may be closed on major holidays – call store at (206) 789-8022 to confirm.

Amenites:  Restrooms: Yes  |  Pets: Yes  |  Strollers: Medium  |  Wheelchairs: Hard

Comments:  Both walks are suitable for strollers.  Wheelchairs will have difficulty.

AVA Special Programs:  Ice Cream Parlors (10K only), Little Free Libraries, Take a Walk in a City Park, Treasure Hunt, Walking America’s Ports of Call.  New for 2020:  Mayflower – 400th Anniversary, Rockin’ Around the Clock.

Washington Challenges:  Whiskey-Vino-Brew:  Brew.

Driving Directions:  From I-5 NB or SB, take exit 172 and drive west on N. 85th (becomes NW 85th) 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:  Routes 18, 40 and 45 serve the neighborhood around the start location.  Go online to King County Metro Trip Planner for additional information.

Contact:  Dave Madsen  (206) 789-1960

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