Distance & Trail Rating: Four loops of 5K each. Take one loop for 5K, or combine loops for 10K, 15K, or 20K. Rating: 2A.
Description: There are four loops on this walk, each approximately 5K. Loop A heads along the lakeshore up into the Madrona neighborhood with lovely views, and a long boardwalk/bridge. Loop B heads through the Leschi neighorhood, Frink Park, Mt. Baker Park, and past the historic Ellsworth-Storey cottages. It offers magnificent, panoramic views of Lake Washington, the Floating Bridge (from above & below), the Eastside, and the Cascades. On clear days, see Mt. Baker to the north, and Mt. Rainier to the south, from the viewpoint above the Lacey Murrow floating bridge. Loop C is an add-on to Loop B, and goes along the lakefront, up into the Mt. Baker neighborhood, with some of Seattle’s grandest homes. Loop D is an add-on to Loop B that heads out across the I-90 floating bridge and back. Loop A is okay for strollers and wheelchairs.
Loops A and B are each good 5K walks. For 10K, walk A and B together, or B and C. Mix and match for 15K. Do all for 20K.
Amenities: Strollers: Loop A only | Wheelchairs: Loop A only | Pets: Yes | Restrooms: Yes
AVA Special Programs: National Register (B), Cities in Song, Flag, Lakes, Rainbows, Never Walk Alone, City Park, Bridges (A, D), Boardwalk (A), Trek with Trees (A), Ports of Call, Volcanoes
Washington Challenges: Restaurants: American
Start Times: Walk hours: daily, dawn to dusk. Store hours: daily, 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., but may be closed on major holidays.
Start Location: Leschi Mart. 103 Lakeside Ave., Seattle, WA, 98122. Start box is a large folding file, mounted on the window on the right immediately after you enter the store.
Point of Contact:
From I-5 SB, take exit 165A to James; turn left onto James. From I-5 NB, take exit 164A to James; turn right onto James. Drive up the hill and move to right lane. At Boren turn Right on to Boren and move to left lane. Continue straight on Boren to Yesler. Turn Left and continue on Yesler Way about 1.2 miles to 32nd Ave. Turn Left on 32nd and follow the main road as it curves downhill to the lake. Turn Right on Lake Washington Blvd. which quickly becomes Lakeside Ave. Leschi Mart will be on the right side, across street from lake. Use on-street parking or in lot across street; do not park in store lot.
From downtown, take #27 “Colman Park” to stop at Lakeside Ave. E. and E. Yesler Way, very close to start.