University of Washington

This walk begins and finishes along the Burke-Gilman Trail, a former railroad right-of-way, but the beautiful campus of the University of Washington is the main attraction.  Enjoy the diversity of architecture styles, the gardens, and the spectacular view of Mt. Rainier from Drumheller Fountain and Frosh Pond.  Stop for coffee on “The Ave.”

Distance & Trail Rating:  10K.  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:  Fisheries Supply.  1900 N. Northlake Way, Seattle, WA  98103  (note:  store actually fronts on N. 34th St).  Start box is self-serve in a wood file cabinet just inside the door, on your left as you enter.

Start Location Hours:  Mon-Sat, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Sun, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Store may be closed on major holidays – call store at (206) 632-4462 to confirm.

Amenities:  Restrooms: yes  |  Pets: yes  |  Strollers: no  |  Wheelchairs: no

Comments:  No restroom at Start Location.  Restroom at Gas Works Park, one block from Start Location.   This walk qualifies for the Emerald City Wanderers Light Rail Challenge because the route passes by the UW Light Rail Station.

AVA Special Programs:  Mayflower – 400th Anniversary.  Rails to Trails.  Rockin’ Around the Clock.  Walking with America’s Veterans.

ESVA Special Programs:  Rails to Trails.

Driving Directions:  From I-5, take exit 169 (NE 45th St).  Turn west onto NE 45th St. and continue a half-mile to Meridian Ave. N.   Left on Meridian and head downhill to N. 34th St.  Fisheries Supply faces 34th.  Turn onto 34th for the best on-street parking, or park in lot at Gas Works Park.  Do not park in Fisheries Supply lot.

Metro Bus:  Routes 26 and 31/32 serve the area near the Start Location.

Contact:  Dave Madsen  (206) 789-1960

AVA Walk Sanction Number:  Y0351