Our Seattle weather over the weekend was beautiful, dry, and sunny. Ben and I decided to go on an “urban hike” around our neighborhood, West Seattle. We packed lunches and water and had a general itinerary in mind for our day: a 7-mile walk, mostly along the water. I had walked around many of the places we visited on our urban hike before, but never in one loop. The thoughtful pace of a very long walk like this had me noticing flowers, houses, signs, tiny parks and public spaces, restaurants, and shops that I’ve never spotted before.
We started out at the Alaska Junction, walked to Me-Kwa-Mooks Park on Beach Drive, and continued to walk along Beach Drive to Alki Beach Park, where we stopped to eat the sandwiches we’d packed and use the public bathrooms. Next we walked up to the Admiral Junction and grabbed coffee at Freshy’s, a place I’ve noticed before in that area and have been meaning to try for awhile. We continued our loop by walking down California Ave. and back to the Alaska Junction, which is near our house.
If you want to give a West Seattle Urban Hike a try and don’t live in West Seattle, I’d suggest taking the Water Taxi from downtown Seattle and begin your walk at Seacrest Park, where you get off the Water Taxi. Walk along Harbor Ave., which will become Alki Ave. Continue along the Alki Trail, and you’ll get to the Alki Lighthouse. Seacrest Park to the Alki Lighthouse is 2.7 miles and will take about an hour to walk. Now begin walking along Beach Drive to Me-Kwa-Mooks Park, which is 1.2 miles and will take about 30 minutes. You can then walk from Me-Kwa-Mooks Park to the Alaska Junction, which is about 1.3 miles and again should take about 30 minutes. (Be prepared to go uphill for this section of your walk.) At this point you’ve earned some food. Stop at Bakery Nouveau for a pastry and coffee or Coastline Burgers (4444 California Ave. SW) for burger and shake.
If you’re following the itinerary above you’ll have walked over 5 miles. If you’ve had enough, catch the free Water Taxi shuttle that will take you from the Alaska Junction back to Seacrest Park. If you want to do more walking, going from the Alaska Junction back to the Water Taxi dock at Seacrest Park will add another 2 miles to your trip.
Let’s recap that loop:
- Seacrest Park – Alki Lighthouse
- Alki Lighthouse – Me-Kwa-Mooks Park
- Me-Kwa-Mooks Park – Alaska Junction
- Alaksa Junction – Seacrest Park (by foot or shuttle)
If you don’t want to do the Water Taxi both ways, hop on the C line bus at the Alaska Junction and you’ll be back downtown in 20 minutes.
Check the times for the Water Taxi and shuttle here.
I’d love to know if you give this a try, or if you have an Urban Hike in Seattle I should try next!