U-district to downtown via Arboretum and Capitol Hill

For the inaugural hike on the Seattle Transit Hikers meetup group, we will do a classic ramble from the U-district to downtown through Capitol Hill and and several local parks, including the Washington Park Arboretum.  We will meet at the transit hub of University Way and Campus Parkway, which can be reached by numerous bus routes.  From there, we will take the bridge across 15th Ave. and through the UW campus to the Montlake bridge.  Next, we will take the arboretum waterfront trail to the visitor center, which has a good restrooms if anyone needs them.  We will then proceed through the park trails to the south end of the park where we climb a steep hill to 26th Ave. and keep on climbing up Ward St. to the top of Capitol Hill.  From there, we will head to Volunteer Park and ascend the water tower, marking the highest point on the hill.  We will then head southwest to Cal Anderson Park, then descend the hill down Pine St. into downtown.  The hike ends at Pike Place Market, with an optional lunch stop for anyone who's interested.

This link shows an approximate path of the route we will take:

https://maps.google.com/maps?saddr=University+Way+NE&daddr=Unknown+road+to:Arboretum+Waterfront+Trail+to:Unknown+road+to:47.6326339,-122.2932861+to:E+Ward+St+to:E+Aloha+St+to:Unknown+road+to:E+Pine+S...

This hike is about 6.7 miles in length and gains about 500 feet of elevation, most of which occurs heading out of the arboretum towards capitol hill.  I expect to complete it in about 2 1/2 hours.

This hike will go ahead rain or shine.  However, I may shorten it by busing certain segments if it's raining hard enough.

Busing to the starting point is recommended.  If taking a bus that is scheduled to arrive a few minutes after 10:30, please post a comment letting me know which bus you will be taking so that I can be sure to wait for you.

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  • Eric

    I'm glad you all enjoyed the hike. Stay tuned for other transit hikes in the coming weeks.

    January 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Awesome hike. And good group. Thanks Eric!

    January 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Excellent urban hike! Saw parts of the city I'd never seen before. I enjoyed talking to everyone.

    January 6, 2013

  • Theo

    Excellent, well thought out

    January 6, 2013

  • Sara

    Don't wait for me. Made an error and apparently this bus not running so won't be anywhere close to being on time. Have fun and hopefully will make the next one.

    January 6, 2013

  • Sara

    My bus #71 arrives at 10:38.

    January 6, 2013

  • Tom

    I'll be there

    January 5, 2013

  • Eric

    To clarify, I changed my mind about the group size and decided that there is no longer a limit - everyone who wants to come is welcome to come.

    January 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I just RSVP'd, but reading the comments I"m not sure if I'm on a waitlist or if it's ok to show up. Is it ok? It looks like I was the 30th person.

    January 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Just checking...I was on the original wait list, but when you expanded the group to 20 I still didn't get in? Or did it start a wait list all over again, so those of on the original wait list fell off? A bit confusing.

    January 3, 2013

  • Heidi M.

    This sounds so fun! I really really need to get out of Bellevue and have fun and explore!

    December 29, 2012

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