Friday, June 22, 2018

#Seattle Stairs - #SaturdaySnapshots

Seattle is hilly. Back in the day, when people walked from place to place, staircases were built to help citizens navigate the hills. Recently, the Auburn Senior Activity Center hikers tackled some of these stairways in the city's Magnolia section. What a workout! My thighs and calves were sure sore afterwards.

The senior center brochure described our outing this way:

This hike offers spectacular views of the Seattle skyline, Puget Sound, and the Olympics. Historic stairways provide 327 steps down and 405 steps up. The route winds through a variety of neighborhoods from high end custom view homes to post WWII housing. The longest flights of stairs connect Perkins Lane, site of destructive landslides, to Magnolia Blvd. After completing the entire hike we will have the opportunity to dine in one of the many Magnolia Village restaurants.

Here's a sample of the ups and downs we experienced on this cool, overcast day, as well as views along the way.

Some of the stairs led us to beautiful neighborhoods. 
I stopped to catch my breath after
climbing this. Whew!
Seattle Skyline
Some of the stairways are cloaked
in foliage.
It's always fun to come across a little free mailbox.
Cruise ships. Sailing for Alaska?

You'll find an interactive map of Seattle's stairways HERE.
Several books about Seattle's stairways have been published, too: 

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  1. It looks like the views at the end made all those steps worthwhile.

  2. Gorgeous views...and a very challenging climb. Thanks for sharing.

  3. This outing was one of the more challenging ones I've attempted with the hiking group. I did make it up and down all the stairways, but my heart really got pumping and my legs sure ached afterwards!

  4. So much beauty in our own back yard! We live in such a wonderful area. Glad you could do this, Sandy. I admire your perseverance. Colleen

  5. Thank you, Colleen. With your daily walks, you're an inspiration for me. I plan to keep on walking and hiking for as long as I'm able!

  6. What a great walk, but my knees are aching just looking at those pictures! Good for you for doing it!

  7. WOW, that's a LOT of stairs!! But they look they are in beautiful places - and those views are amazing!! Especially the one of the Seattle skyline - I SO want to visit Seattle. Some day...

    Thanks for letting me vicariously experience the NW through you again!

    Enjoy the rest of your weekend -


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  8. It's cool to use steps for hiking. It's a good experience from time to time.

  9. How interesting! My calves hurt just looking at it, though. I'll bet lunch was welcome!


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