University of Washington

This walk begins and finishes on 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 grounds and gardens, and the spectacular view of Mt. Rainier from Drumheller Fountain and Frosh Pond.  Stop for coffee or tea on “The Ave.”

An alternate start location is temporarily available for Light Rail riders, beginning near the UW Light Rail station, and enjoying the same beautiful sights along the route.  A 6K route option is available from the alternate start location as well.  See Comments section below.


Distance & Trail Rating:  From start location at Fisheries Supply:  10K.  Rating:  1A.  From alternate start point at Montlake Market:  6K and 10K.  Rating:  1A.

Start Location:  Fisheries Supply.  1900 N. Northlake Way, Seattle, WA, 98103 (note:  store actually fronts on N. 34th St.)  Start box is a wood file cabinet just inside the door on your left as you enter.

Alternate Start Location for Light Rail riders:  Montlake Market.  2605 22nd Ave. E., Seattle, WA, 98112.  Start box is a file folder located in magazine rack next to cashier.

Start Time:  Walk hours:  daily, dawn to dusk.

Start location hours at Fisheries Supply:  Monday – Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.  Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.  Sunday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Store may be closed on major holidays – call store at (800) 426-6930 to confirm.

Start location hours at Montlake Market:  Monday – Saturday, 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.  Sunday 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.  Store may be closed on major holidays – call store at (206) 323-4518 to confirm.

Amenites:  Restrooms: Yes  |  Pets: Yes  |  Strollers: No  |  Wheelchairs: No

Comments:   No restroom at either start location.  Restroom at Gasworks Park, near start at Fisheries Supply.  Otherwise, restrooms available on UW campus.   This walk qualifies for the Emerald City Wanderers Light Rail Challenge – UW Station.  Challenge participants may begin from either start location.  Note:  alternate start location will only be available through sometime this fall, as the property has been sold.  Please call the Market for current status prior to boarding Light Rail to the alternate start location, at (206)-323-4158.

AVA Special Programs:  Bridges – Spanning the USA, Make a Wish at a Water Fountain, Take a Walk in a City Park, Treasure Hunt, United States Post Offices, Walking America’s Ports of Call, Walking the Path of Inventions.  New for 2020:  Mayflower – 400th Anniversary, Rockin’ Around the Clock (10K only).

Washington Challenges:  Whiskey-Vino-Brew:  Brew (10K only).

Emerald City Wanderers – Light Rail Challenge:  UW Station.

Driving Directions:  For start at Fisheries Supply only.  From I-5 NB or SB, take exit 169 “NE 45th St.”  Turn west onto NE 45th St. and then continue to Meridian Ave. N.  Turn left onto Meridian and proceed downhill to N. 34th St.  Fisheries Supply faces 34th.  Turn onto 34th for the best on-street parking.  Please do not park in store lot.

Metro Bus:  For start at Fisheries Supply only.  Routes 26, 31/32, and 44 serve the neighborhood around Fisheries Supply.  Go online to King County Metro Trip Planner for additional information.

Light Rail:  For alternate start at Montlake Market only.  Disembark the train at UW Station and take the escalators up to street level.  Walk south to the intersection of Montlake Blvd. NE & Walla Walla Rd. NE (leaving UW Stadium behind on your left).  Cross Walla Walla and continue south on Montlake.  Cross the Montlake Bridge and continue, 4 blocks, including crossing over the freeway (SR-520).  Cross E. Lake Washington Blvd. to the small median.  Turn right and cross Montlake Blvd. to the next small median.  Turn left, crossing the turn-lane, and continue a half-block to Montlake Market (beyond the 76 Station).

Contact:  Dave Madsen  (206) 789-1960

AVA Walk Sanction Number:  111688-2019 / Y0351

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