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Take a Hike on Queen Anne (11km rated 3C)

November 17th is "Take A Hike Day" which is either about going for an exhilarating walk, or telling somebody to get lost…. we'll take the first definition and do the Counterbalance (urban hike) on Queen Anne! This is a challenging trail that descends from the top of Queen Anne Hill to the Seattle Pacific University campus, then follows the Lake Washington Ship Canal. The route ascends the hill, continues around the hilltop, then descends again through lovely residential streets, then climbs to the top again on the "Counterbalance." 

Here's some interesting history about the Counterbalance: http://www.seattlepi.com/local/article/Piece-of-history-concealed-within-Queen-Anne-Hill-1198180.php

Distance: 11km

Trail Rating: 3C (Significant hills and stair climbing, not suitable for wheelchairs/strollers)

Directions: From 1-5, take Exit 169 NE 45th-NE 50th St. Go west (toward SPU) onto NE 45th. Turn left on Fremont Ave N, cross the Fremont Bridge, turn right onto Nickerson. Turn left (at SPU) onto 3rd Av W. and continue to McGraw St. Turn right to Start. Park on the street.

Carpooling: Please post a comment to arrange meeting times and places.

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  • Bob M.

    Great weather, great views and great walking friends.

    1 · November 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great route, beautiful views, an excellent workout. Thanks Joy and Neil!

    2 · November 17, 2013

  • Susanww

    Another fine fall walk; the stairs were a bonus! Thank you Neil and Joy for planning and leading; hope to join you soon on more outings.

    2 · November 17, 2013

  • Allan Z

    Our timing was perfect! It was raining at the Seahawks game. A great robust Sunday afternoon walk with a total 1180 ft. elevation. Thank you Joy and Neil for your work on scheduling this nice stair climb. I hope we can continue these walks, even through the winter weather :-)

    2 · November 17, 2013

  • Susan P.

    Great walk...thanks Joy.

    1 · November 17, 2013

  • Suzanne

    Perfect weather and a great workout, thanks Joy!

    1 · November 17, 2013

  • Sylvia

    6.54 miles; 1 hr 40 m

    1 · November 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm in for 12:15p St Luke's Lutheran Church, 3030 Bellevue Way NE

    November 15, 2013

  • Peggy

    Because. Of seahawks game traffic will change to same park and ride. as Joy's listing to meet at 12:15pm for carpooling to Queen Anne walk

    November 15, 2013

  • Allan Z

    It appears we need a Director of Carpooling, to coordinate these very complex "get there" arrangements. I humbly say this, knowing that men do not possess this special "organizing gene" necessary to qualify for this position :-)

    2 · November 15, 2013

  • Susanww

    Hi, my plans have just changed... meeting a friend in Edmonds at 5, so will be driving straight into Seattle, then north after the walk. Linda, I can take you in with me if you can be at my house in Kirkland by Noon, though you'll have to go back in another car. Please send me a private message if you want to do that and I'll give you my address.

    November 15, 2013

  • Peggy

    anybody interested in carpooling?

    November 10, 2013

    • Susan P.

      Wilburton is out. Original group meeting at the church to take 520. You and Susanww are meeting Peggy on Mercer Island. If you want to drive over with Susan WW, send her a private email to confirm. :)

      November 15, 2013

    • Joy

      My car is leaving at 12:15 from St Luke's Lutheran Church, 3030 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue. (The church is a temporary P&R while the South Kirkland P&R is under construction.) Another car (Peggy's) is leaving the Mercer Island P&R at 12:15. Nobody is going to Wilburton anymore. Sorry for the confusion! I hate to change plans once made, but felt it was necessary this time due to the Seahawks game traffic.

      November 15, 2013

  • Peggy

    To Susan P and SusanW- if interested in carpooling- would you be interested in meeting me (driver) at Mercer Island P&R at ? 12:15pm to carpool to Queen Anne.

    November 14, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Me too Peggy!

      November 14, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Susan WW Can I tag along from Kirkland?

      November 14, 2013

  • Joy

    2 · November 11, 2013

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