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Urban Hike including Discovery Park

Join us for a hike through a variety of Seattle parks, trails, beaches and neighborhoods. Highlights will include Golden Gardens, Sunset Hill Park, the Ballard Locks (twice, over and back), Commodore Park, a four-mile loop hike around Discovery Park including a beach walk, downtown Ballard, and Shilshole Bay.  In downtown Ballard, we will stop at the Kickin' Boot Whiskey Kitchen (upscale BBQ) for lunch.

Hiking condition required for this hike: To sign up for this hike, you should be doing hikes that are at least 8 miles and 1000 feet vertical gain, or doing equivalent aerobic activity such as long-distance cycling or running.


Distance: 13+ miles RT

Elevation gain: 1300 feet

High point: 400 feet +-

Difficulty: Moderately strenuous (this is a long hike with steep hill climbs and several hundred vertical feet of stairs).

Hiking time: ~ 8 hours

Hiking speed: Moderately fast pace, 30 minutes a mile, with stops at various viewpoints.


8:30 AM - Meet at the parking lot in the center of Golden Gardens Park.

8:45 AM - Start hiking.

~ 10:15 AM - Cross over the Ballard Locks.

~ 1:15 PM - Cross back over the Ballard Locks.

~ 1:45 PM - Lunch and beverage in Ballard.

~ 4:00 PM - Back to Golden Gardens Park.

Please allow for and expect that we may get back later than scheduled. The hiking time will vary depending upon the group, the conditions, and our activities along the way.

Dogs: Hikers only on this hike; no dogs, please.

Families welcome: Your kids (youth, teen, or adult) who are capable of doing the hike are welcome on this hike.

No parking passes required.  Ample free parking is available

What to bring: Sturdy hiking boots, light or medium-weight non-cotton clothing for the uphills, warm mittens or gloves, light or medium-weight hat, also a warm hat, rain jacket, rain pants, warm, dry clothes, preferably fleece, for the beach hikes and downhills, 1+ liters of water, trail snacks and/or light lunch, day-pack large enough to hold all the above. Optional and recommended: waterproof pack-cover, hiking poles, camera.

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  • Aaron S

    Great hike, good weather, fun doin's all the way, and what a delightful, cheerful, enthusiastic bunch of folks to hike with! You guys are the best, all of ya! Oh, and welcome to the Seattle-newbies on the hike; cool town to bop aroun', aye?

    1 · March 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks everyone for a great hike today. It was super to walk and chat with you all ~ such interesting people! Was I just lucky today, (my first Meetup) or all of them this rich in good company? I love the photos Joe. Thanks to you and Mary and the others for having your cameras ready and for capturing some good moments. Looking forward to more hiking and good conversation!

    2 · March 16, 2013

  • Mary

    Thank you Aaron for organizing this wonderful hike. I was bit worried whether it would be too challenge and too long for me when I signed up. But it returned out to be a very enjoyable hike, the route is well planned, the sceneries are amazing, many local places I won't never have a chance to visit without this hike. Especially, hiking and chatting with a group of nice people made this hike very special.

    1 · March 16, 2013

  • Joe S.

    Aaron... I'm just gonna come out and say it... I LOVE you :) Sorry I had to cut hike short. Emailing this from Boise ID. Your outings are always lively and fun! And you are so organized with maps and all. I do enjoy our 'banter'. How cool that there was many people that had never been to Golden Gardens until today. Enjoyed the stairs, the spring flowers, the water views, the locks, and chatting with many friendly folks. Enjoy the pics. Joe

    1 · March 16, 2013

  • Sarah

    I wasn't feeling well (since last Thurs), so I cancelled my RSVP, dang it! It looks like a lot of fun, so I hope there's another hike like this one of these days (hopefully when the weather gets nicer...)!

    March 16, 2013

  • Tom Y.

    Sorry, last minute emergency came up.

    March 16, 2013

  • Cyrus B.

    Unexpected business obligation, sorry.

    March 15, 2013

  • Debby S

    Sorry Aaron, not sure I would be done from this hike to make my plans for the evening. Catch you next time. Cheers, : )

    March 15, 2013

  • Rebecca

    This sounds like an awesome urban hike! I can't get out to ballard tomorrow but I hope we will do more like this.

    March 15, 2013

  • Anne g.

    I have to cancel at the last minute. My son's car is out of commission and he will need a ride to work in the morning.:-(

    March 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    don't you ever hike in federal way or Tacoma, I cant make it to most of the meet ups

    March 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Unfortunately, I can't go for the 8 hours; I have other commitments later in the day.

    March 9, 2013

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