Seward Park is one of the jewels of the Seattle Park system. The Friends of Seward Park have monthly walks in the Park. The 10K route begins at Stan Sayres Park, site of the pits for the Seafair Unlimited Hydroplane Races, and continues along the shore of Lake Washington and on to Seward Park. You will walk around the Park, hugging the lake shoreline most of the time, and then return to finish at Stan Sayres. The 5K route is only in Seward Park, also along the lake shoreline. The 20K route starts at Leschi Market, walks along Lake Washington, around Seward Park, and returns to finish at Leschi Market.
Distance & Trail Rating: 5K, 10K or 20K. Rating: 1A.
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. The 20K route starts and finishes at Leschi Market. For the 5K and 10K routes, sign in at Leschi Market, pick up walk directions, and then drive 2.5 miles south to Stan Sayres Memorial Park for 10K start point, or continue on to Seward Park for 5K start point.
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.
Amenites: Restrooms: Yes | Pets: Yes | Strollers: Easy | Wheelchairs: Medium
Comments: See note above about driving to start point for 5K and 10K routes. Avoid this walk during the annual Seafair hydroplane races, and a few days before and after. Much of the route will be blocked during that time. In 2020, the races are August 1-2.
AVA Special Programs: Take a Walk in a City Park, Treasure Hunt, Walking America’s Ports of Call. New for 2020: Mayflower – 400th Anniversary.
Washington Challenges: none.
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 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: For bus service to register at Leschi Market: from 3rd Ave. in downtown Seattle, take #27 bus for “Colman Park.” Bus stop is next to the start location on Lakeside Ave. E. and E. Yesler Way. This will be suitable for walkers wishing to do the 20K route, which starts from Leschi Market; however, bus service is not feasible between Leschi Market and the start points for 5K and 10K routes.
Contact: Daryl Troyer (206) 937-1561
AVA Walk Sanction Number: 111684-2019 / Y1562