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Easygoing Hikers Green Lake
Join us in a walk around Green Lake starting Friday at 6 PM sharp. If RSVPs close, members come any way. What to bring : WATER optional, snacks to share, layered waterproof clothing or umbrella, flashlight or camera. Promenade rain or shine. Walk Green Lake Friday starting at 6 PM sharp. Meet at the South end of the lake near the drinking water fountain outside the restroom building. Look for Easygoing sign. There are several parking lots near the Aqua Theater and the small craft center ( NOT the place for renting canoes which is further north near the swimming pool ). The loop is around 5K or 3 miles and takes roughly one hour. All fitness levels are welcome. If you only have 20 minutes, walk with us for 10 minutes, then turn around. If you are way ahead of the group you could do intervals by turning around to join the group and moving fast forward again. Dog walkers, stroller walkers, pole walkers, barefoot runners; all welcome. Getting to Green Lake: by bus ... by car ... About Green Lake: Green Lake is a freshwater lake in north central Seattle, Washington, USA, within Green Lake Park. It is a glacial lake, its basin having been dug 50,000 years ago by the Vashon glacier, which also created Lake Washington, Union, Bitter and Haller Lakes. Green Lake lacks both surface water inflows and outflows. It once drained into Lake Washington via Ravenna Creek, but in 1911 the water level was lowered by 7 feet (2.1 m) to create parkland, causing the creek to dry up between Green Lake and Cowen Park. Ravenna Boulevard and its wide, grassy median were constructed over the creek bed. The lake is now fed by rainfall, storm runoff, and Seattle's municipal water supply. Green Lake is a beacon for wildlife. Many types of wildlife, ducks, cormorants, loons, herons,geese, turtles, raccoons, rats, squirrels, bats, hawks, eagles, and osprey are among the wild creatures commonly viewed there. The park is home to many species of birds and mammals as well as a few reptile and amphibian species. Most notable species include Western Coyotes, Feral Rabbits, Barred Owls, and Red Eared Sliders (released turtles). Most Common Bird Species American Crow, American Goldfinch, American Robin, Anna's Hummingbird, Bald Eagle, Barn Owl, Barred Owl, Bewick's Wren, Black-Capped Chickadee, Bushtit European Starling, House Finch, Hairy/Downy Woodpeckers, Northern Flicker, Oregon Junco, Eurasian Rock Dove, Spotted Towee, Stellar's Jay, Various Gull Species, Various Sparrow Species, Various Swallow Species, and Various Waterfowl. Most Common Mammal Species Western Coyote, Nutria, Feral Rabbits, Norway Rats, Gray Squirrel, Mt. Beaver, and American Beaver. Most Common Reptile and Amphibian Species Red Eared Sliders, Spring Peepers and Garter snakes There is an artificial island in the lake built by the Works Progress Administration in 1936. The island was built (with dumped gravel) as a wildlife sanctuary and later housed some swan gifted to the city by Vancouver, British Columbia. The state game commission officially made the island a reserve, off limits to people, in 1956. The park board originally named the island Waldo's Wildlife Sanctuary, after Waldo J Dahl, who took care of the swan. It is now only known as Duck Island. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- If you have suggestions for improving the meetup, please email me.

Greenlake Small Craft Center

5900 west greenlake way · Seattle, WA

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Meet other local people who are interested in getting out in nature and walking for joy and fitness in the wonderful paths of Seattle! Stare at a map and lets find a place to walk around a lake, a block, the whole park, or just up this switchback, its all under our feet.

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