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: http://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/154780089
We'll start off (and end of course!) at the top of a hill in wonderful Laurelhurst Park/Playfield (http://www.seattle.gov/parks/park_detail.asp?id=340) 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 http://www.seattlestairwaywalks.com/
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.