Ready for the scary side of Seattle? It’s not all lattés and grunge rock. On the Ghost Walk you will visit haunted sites on Capitol Hill, one of Seattle’s oldest neighborhoods. There are several bona-fide haunted places, including the former Harvard Exit Theater that has been featured on TV, as well as less publicized (and perhaps more terrifying) haunts. You will pass two colleges with their resident ghosts, one old hotel where out-of-towners aren’t the only souls enjoying the facilities, and you’ll pass by two cemeteries. In Lakeview Cemetery (the added 1K option) you’ll stroll past the final resting places of many Seattle pioneers and visit the graves of martial arts legends, Bruce and Brandon Lee. At the little-known Grand Army of the Republic Cemetery, you’ll find the graves of Civil War veterans.
Distance & Trail Rating: 5K and 10K, each with an additional 1K option. Rating: 1A.
Start Location: QFC grocery store at Broadway Market. 417 Broadway E., Seattle, WA, 98102. Start box is at Customer Service desk on right at back of store.
Start Time: Walk hours: daily, dawn to dusk. Start location hours: daily, 5:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m. Store may be closed on major holidays – call store at (206) 328-6920 to confirm.
Amenites: Restrooms: Yes | Pets: Yes | Strollers: Medium | Wheelchairs: Hard
Comments: Wheelchairs and strollers will have difficulty and will need to find some alternate routes. This walk qualifies for the Emerald City Wanderers Light Rail Challenge – Capitol Hill Station.
AVA Special Programs: Take a Walk In a City Park, Treasure Hunt, Walk the USA – Street by Street, Walking America’s Ports of Call. New for 2020: Mayflower – 400th Anniversary, Rockin’ Around the Clock.
Washington Challenges: none.
Emerald City Wanderers – Light Rail Challenge: Capitol Hill Station.
Driving Directions: From I-5 SB, take exit 165A “James St.” Turn left onto James. From I-5 NB, take exit 164A “James St” and then keep left, following the signs for James St. Turn right on James. Then, for both directions: drive uphill on James, and move to the left lane. At Broadway turn left. Drive for one mile, (passing one QFC at Harvard Square), to the start point at a second QFC (at Broadway Market) at 417 Broadway East. Underground parking at store or on street parking.
Metro Bus: Routes 8, 9, 10, 43, 49 and 60 serve the neighborhood around the start location. Go online to King County Metro Trip Planner for additional information.
Light Rail: Disembark the train at Capitol Hill Station and look for the escalators with the sign: “Exit / Broadway E. & E. John St./Olive Way.” Take that escalator up to street level. Cross Broadway and turn right to cross E. John. St. Walk 2-1/2 blocks to the QFC store entry.
Contact: Edla Deppman (206) 938-5929
AVA Walk Sanction Number: 111686-2019 / Y0814