Laurelhurst Hill and Stair Loop

Does your definition of "North End" include Seattle's Laurelhurst neighborhood?  If so, sign up for this "urban hike" emphasizing this beautiful neighborhood's hills and stairs.

We will be walking about a 3.5 mile loop, and while the elevation gain is only about 330 ft. overall, this includes around 200 stair steps up over 3 different staircases.  Plan on at least 2 hours for us to complete the loop.  Here is a link to the proposed route:

We'll start off (and end of course!) at the top of a hill in wonderful Laurelhurst Park/Playfield ( with its fabulous collection of large trees, and after a brief warm up on level or downhill paths, get down to work on hill/stair climbing.

Along the way, you'll be able to look west to see the Olympic Mountains or east across Lake Washington to the Cascade Mountains (assuming the weather cooperates!), or more towards the south, perhaps Mount Rainier will peek out if we are super special.  You'll also be able to see landmarks like the 520 floating bridge, the tippy top of the Space Needle, and, across Union Bay, Husky Stadium (GO DAWGS!).

We will be passing and briefly visiting several pocket parks with water views or great old trees: Palisades Landing, Laurelhurst Triangle, Belvoir Place, and the street end by Laurelhurst Beach Club where some unknown dog from the past has been immortalized in paw prints in the street concrete.

This walk is a variation inspired by a new book: Seattle Stairway Walks

Please check email or this site the day of the event for any last minute changes or cancellations due to weather, road closures, illness, etc.  I will try to post last minute details by 9am.  There is a parking lot at the park, and should it be full - plenty of on-street parking as well.

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  • Collene

    For more pictures from the walk, check out the slideshow at

    November 28, 2012

  • Kara M

    The neighborhood is very picturesque with charming homes and beautiful views. The walk itself was mild-moderate with a couple of big stairs for some added challenge.

    November 26, 2012

  • Michele B

    What pace do you walk? I will be visiting from out of town so would be last minute decision.

    November 20, 2012

    • Collene

      Hi Michele, That's a good question - I don't know if I know my walking pace. However, I can say that in general, while I look for hills to climb for conditioning, I don't expect to set a conditioning pace for the walk! Instead, we'll find a pace that suits the group and allows for conversation and taking in the views. Completely guessing, I'd say that would be somewhere around 2 mi/h???? We will stop as needed to regroup, especially since the streets in this neighborhood get confusing and we don't want to lose anyone!

      November 20, 2012

    • Michele B

      Thanks Collene. I have learned to ask this question. That pace works for me.

      1 · November 20, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks Collene! I'll see how I feel closer to then. I appreciate your
    thoughtfulness. Ann

    1 · November 20, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    You guys are a great group! Very active. Wish I could go, but had
    recent surgery and am recovering. Will dome with my dog, Laika
    (Border Collie mix) if I think I have any chance of keeping up.

    November 19, 2012

    • Collene

      Hi Ann, We can certainly go at a pace that everyone is comfortable with! Also since we are sort of looping around the park starting point, it is possible in the first part of the walk to cut back to the park and skip the rest of the walk should you need to.

      November 20, 2012

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