Exploring Seattle On Foot: Long Walk # 2

July 1, 2011

“I have never found a city without its walkers’ rewards.”
— John Finley, “Traveling Afoot”

Common sight on urban walks, waiting for the walking sign

I so enjoyed my first long urban hike across the I-90 floating bridge (see yesterday’s post), that I’ve planned several more.

I set out on my second long walk, a journey of 8-1/2 miles, from my home to the Pike Place Market in downtown Seattle.  I hiked 3-1/2 hours, including stops for photos and coffee and a picnic breakfast, along a route with scenic trails.  Here are some highlights:

6:00 a.m. on the path at Green Lake: notice my long shadow in the early morning light

Summer morning at Green Lake

First stop: the Woodland Park Rose Garden at 50th & Fremont Ave N (unfortunately, the gates did not open until 7 a.m.)

I could still enjoy the roses viewed through my zoom lens!

Tree-lined walk down Fremont Avenue N

Waiting for the Interurban sculpture at Fremont & N 34th Streets. It's a Seattle tradition to decorate these statues.

Trees line the Ship Canal between the locks and Lake Union. My walk took me along the Ship Canal Trail.

Rowers on the Ship Canal

I crossed over the train tracks on W Dravus Street after stopping for coffee at Starbucks.

Mount Rainier seen from the Elliott Bay Trail

I took a short detour off the trail to check out the Amgen Helix Bridge.

The Amgen Helix Bridge is a pedestrian bridge to the Amgen campus.

Looking across Puget Sound to the Olympic Mountains from the Elliott Bay Trail

Totem pole along the Elliott Bay Trail

Small rose garden along the trail, with Spaceneedle in the background

Lovely yellow roses

The trail runs along the Olympic Sculpture Park.

I walked along Seattle's waterfront to the Hill Climb to the Pike Place Market.

Flower vendor at the Pike Place Market

Truck at the Pike Place Market

7 Responses to “Exploring Seattle On Foot: Long Walk # 2”

  1. garden2day Says:

    Fantastic photos!!!! I could sit here and drool all day long.

  2. Hallysann Says:

    Another great walk, so much to look at 🙂
    I’ve been trying to choose a favourite photo but can’t because they’re all too good 😀

  3. Amy Says:

    I swear there is no place prettier than Seattle on a sunny day. My heart aches looking at these pictures of home.

    • Rosemary Says:

      Amy, good to hear from you. We’ll have to take a walk together the next time you’re back in Seattle.

  4. Carol Says:

    Your walks are inspiring. Each photo is a “oh yes, I know where you took that from” moment except you did the work and we enjoy vicariously. Thanks for the reminder of the gorgeous city we live in.

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