Alert: The SoDo Station walk will be retired and no longer available at the end of 2021.
Discover quirky SoDo with any of these three walk options. Although known as a commercial / industrial area of the city, there is a lot to see in SoDo, including restaurants, clubs, unique wedding venues, two of Seattle’s sports stadiums, Starbuck’s HQ, a computer lab/museum, a trapeze school, and an abundance of public art. All routes will explore these things in the SoDo district, while the 11K route continues on to the water’s edge at the Port – where you can get eye-level with tug boats. The 13K route is an adventure that extends from there, onto the Alki Trail, then on to board the West Seattle Water Taxi for a ride across Elliott Bay, to finish at Pioneer Square Light Rail Station and a ride back on Light Rail.
To download a pdf with tips on riding Light Rail, click here.
Distance & Trail Rating: 6K, 11K and 13K. Rating: 1A.
Start Location: Shell Station. 2461 4th Ave. S., Seattle, WA 98134. Start Box is a gray plastic folder – kindly ask for it at the counter.
Start Location Hours: Open 24 hours, daily. Walk hours dawn to dusk only.
Amenities: Restrooms: yes | Pets: no | Strollers: no | Wheelchairs: no
Comments: No restroom at Start Location, but restrooms available at restaurants along the route. All walk routes are on sidewalk or paved trails, and all will cross railroad tracks. This is a busy sector of the city, and it may be challenging for those walking with children. As an urban walk with lots of paved surfaces and limited shade, it can be hot in summer. The 13K route requires purchase of fares for Light Rail and for the West Seattle Water Taxi to return to Start. The schedule for the Water Taxi varies seasonally, best to check it online with King County before starting on the 13K route. The 6K and 11K routes remain in the SoDo area, and do not require purchase of any fares for Light Rail or Water Taxi. Pets are not allowed on Light Rail, or on the Water Taxi. See comment below about parking.
AVA Special Programs: Mayflower – 400th Anniversary. Rockin’ Around the Clock.
ESVA Special Programs: Whiskey-Vino-Brew (all three, all routes). Frontline Heroes (all routes – Delivery, Sustenance, Essential Services)
Walk to Start from SoDo Station: Disembark the train and walk south to S. Lander St. Turn right and cross the bus lane. Walk one block and cross 4th Ave. S. Shell Station is on the corner. See map below.
Driving Directions: From I-5 northbound, exit 161 (Swift Ave / Albro Place). Turn left onto Swift Ave., and stay in right lane. After 1/2 mile the road veers right and becomes 15th Ave. S. (passing high school on left). At traffic light, turn left onto Lucile and continue downhill. Turn right on Airport Way, continue for two miles. Turn left onto Lander Street and drive four blocks to the Shell Station on the right.
From I-5 southbound, exit 163B (6th Ave S) and stay in far right lane for 6th Ave. At the end of ramp, turn right onto 6th Ave. After one block, turn left onto Lander. Continue for two blocks to Shell Station on right.
Parking: Parking at store is ok to register, then move your car. A parking map is in the Start Box for directions to free street parking along the walk route.
Bus: Metro 124 and 131/132. Sound Transit 594, 595.
Contact: Jane Clark (206) 920-2544
Sponsoring Club: Emerald City Wanderers
AVA Walk Sanction Number: Y2413