Try any of four walk options. The 5K and 11K routes explore the north end of Beacon Hill and offer several grand-stand views. The 11K route, rated 2A for some sets of stairs, continues on to the Mount Baker neighborhood with many with beautiful turn-of-the-century homes, and a stroll along the shore of Lake Washington. The 11K route finishes at the Mount Baker Light Rail Station, for a ride back to the Start Location on Light Rail. The 5K route stays atop Beacon Hill and returns to the Start Location without riding Light Rail.
The 6K and 9K routes head south on Beacon Hill, on easy-going 1A terrain. The 6K route walks down the Chief Sealth Trail to finish at Othello Light Rail Station, while the 9K route stays atop the ridge, and then through a greenbelt, to finish at Rainier Beach Light Rail Station. Both the 6K and 9K routes return to the Start Point with a ride back on Light Rail.
To download a pdf with tips on riding Light Rail, click here.
Distance & Trail Rating: 5K, 6K, 9K and 11K. Ratings: 1A (5K, 6K, 9K) and 2A (11K).
Start Location: Hilltop Red Apple Grocery. 2701 Beacon Ave. S., Seattle, WA 98144. Ask for Start Box at Service Desk on right as you enter store.
Start Location Hours: Service counter for start box is open 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., daily (store is open 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.). Walk hours dawn to dusk.
Amenities: Restrooms: yes | Pets: no | Strollers: no | Wheelchairs: no
Comments: No restroom at Start Location, but restrooms are available along the route. All routes except for the 5K will finish at a different Light Rail Station, requiring purchase of fare to ride on Light Rail back to the Start Location. The 5K route returns to the Start without purchase of any fare. Pets are not allowed on Light Rail. See comment below about parking.
AVA Special Programs: Little Free Libraries (5K, 11K). Mayflower – 400th Anniversary.
ESVA Special Programs: Whiskey-Vino-Brew (6K, 9K – Brew).
Walk to Start from Beacon Hill Station: Disembark the train and take the elevator up to street level. Turn right and walk to the corner at S. Lander St. Turn left to cross S. Lander at the crosswalk. Red Apple is on the corner. See map below.
Driving Directions: From I-5 northbound, take exit 163 (W Seattle Br / Columbian Way) and stay in far right lane for Columbian Way. As the exit ramp merges with another road, move to the far left lane, and turn left onto Spokane St. Drive uphill 1/4 mile, and turn left onto Beacon Avenue S. After 1/2 mile, turn left onto McClellan. Red Apple is on right.
From I-5 southbound, exit onto I-90, eastbound. Take exit 3 (Rainier Ave. S.), and turn right onto Rainier. After 3/4 mile, turn right onto McClellan. Drive 3/4 mile on McClellan, staying with it as it jogs. Red Apple is on right at top of hill.
Parking: Parking at store is ok to register, then move your car. A parking map is in the Start Box for directions to free street parking along the walk route.
Metro Bus: Routes 36, 60, 107.
Contact: Jane Clark (206) 920-2544
Sponsoring Club: Emerald City Wanderers
AVA Walk Sanction Number: Y2415