Seattle Stairway Walks Pocket Guide
This way to serendipity, and to other pleasures related to discovering our city's staircases - The only guidebook to neighborhood stairway walks in Seattle - Big city, lots of hills - find the urban stairways that link neighborhoods - Written for people of all ages who want to get outside, exercise, and exploreOften called a city of neighborhoods, Seattle is shaped by soaring mounds like Queen Anne and Capitol Hill and of indentations such as Ravenna Ravine and Deadhorse Canyon. Weaving together the hills, bluffs, and canyons are stairs - lots and lots of stairs. In fact, there are over 600 publicly accessible stairways within the city limits! And to explore Seattle by these stairs opens up stunning views and a whole new intimate side of the Emerald City.Seattle Stairway Walks: A Pocket Guide is the city's first guidebook to 25 of the best neighborhood walks in Seattle that feature public stairways. From Ravenna to Maple Leaf and Madrona to Mercer Island, these walks will lead you to view the colorful mosaic that turned a house's retaining wall into folk art, find the quiet pocket park with a killer panorama of Portage Bay, and experience the restfulness of a recently restored creek. You'll discover that stairway walks offer sweeping landscape vistas and urban serendipity to carry you both into the great outdoors and right into the heart of the city at the same time. Not to mention that walking stairs is great exercise!Each route description includes driving and public transit directions to the starting point, full-color photos, a detailed map, QR codes for abbreviated directions on your smart phone, tips on sections that are family-friendly, suggestions for cafes and pubs for that perfect espresso and sandwich en-route, fascinating sidebars on Seattle's neighborhood history and community anecdotes, and much, much more.Jake Jaramillo is a former marketing executive who now volunteers as a backpack outing leader with the Sierra Club. Cathy Jaramillo is a former corporate finance executive who currently spends much of her time as President of the Seattle Audubon Society. The Jaramillos both love wilderness hiking as well as discovering new and quirky parts of Seattle, and their inspiration for this book goes back to many happy hours exploring Los Angeles with the classic Stairway Walks in Los Angeles by Adah Bakalinsky and Larry Gordon. The Jaramillos live in the West Seattle neighborhood. Visit them at www.seattlestairways.blogspot.com.