Madrona / Leschi

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 neighborhood, 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 east side, 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.

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.

Distance & Trail Rating:  5K, 10K, 15K, or 20K.   Rating:  2A.

Start Location:  Leschi Market.  103 Lakeside Ave., Seattle, WA, 98122.  Start box is a folding file, mounted on the window on the right immediately after you enter the store.

Start Time:  Walk hours:  daily, dawn to dusk.  Start location hours: Monday – Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Sundays 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.  Store may be closed on major holidays – call store at (206) 322-0700 to confirm.

Amenities:  Restrooms: Yes  |  Pets: Yes  |  Strollers: Loop A only | Wheelchairs: Loop A only

Comments:  Avoid this walk during the annual Seafair hydroplane races, and a few days before and after.  The area around the start location, and along part of the routes, will be very congested with race fans.  In 2020, the races are August 1-2.

AVA Special Programs:  Bridges-Spanning the USA (A, D), Take a Walk in a City Park, Treasure Hunt, Walking America’s Ports of Call.  New for 2020:  Mayflower – 400th Anniversary.

Washington Challenges:  none.

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 onto James.  Then, for both directions:  drive uphill on James, and move to the right lane.  At Boren Ave. turn right, and then move to left lane.  Continue straight on Boren to Yesler Way.  Turn left on Yesler and continue about 1.2 miles to 32nd Ave. S.  Turn left on 32nd, and then continue, following the main road as it curves downhill to the lake.  Turn right on Lake Washington Blvd., which quickly becomes Lakeside Ave.  Leschi Market 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.

Metro Bus:  From 3rd Ave. in downtown Seattle, take #27 bus for “Colman Park.”  Bus stop is next to start location, at Lakeside Ave. E. and E. Yesler Way.  Go to King County Metro Trip Planner for additional information.

Point of Contact:  Daryl Troyer  (206) 937-1561

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