Seward Park / Lake Washington

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.

Online Start Box: Registration is available on the Online Start Box.  For registration information, go to, or try this link.  Once you’ve registered online, the walk directions and map will be available for you to download.  Or you may register at the Physical Start Box, as described below:

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 Location Hours:  Mon – Sat:  8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Sun: 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: easy  |  Wheelchairs: medium

Comments:  Walk is closed during SeaFair, August 4-9, 2022, due to extreme traffic and congestion in the area.  The 20K route starts at the Start Location at Leschi Market and returns there.  The 5K and 10K routes require driving to start point.

AVA Special Programs:  Mayflower – 400th Anniversary.

Driving Directions:  From I-5 take exit 165A to James.  Turn onto James, going uphill.  Right on Boren.  Left on Yesler.  Continue about 1.2 miles to 32nd Ave. S.  Left on 32nd and then follow the main road as it curves downhill to the lake.  Right on Lake Washington Blvd., which quickly becomes Lakeside Ave.  Leschi Market is on the right (lake is on your left).  Use on-street parking – do not park in the spaces in front of the store, except briefly to register.

Metro Bus:  Route 27 for bus service to Start Location, suitable for walkers wishing to do the 20K route.  Bus service is not feasible from Start Location to the start points for 5K and 10K routes (must drive to 5K and 10K start points).

Contact:  Daryl Troyer  (206) 388-8555

AVA Walk Sanction Number:  Y1562