- Begins in:
- West Seattle, WA, United States
- Created By:
- Rod Name
- This has got to be my favorite run when I visit family in Seattle. I am now a desert rat living in Southern Arizona, so the sea-level run with trees and beachfront has got to make this my most refreshing run of my year. If you ever lived in the two extremes, you know what I am talking about. I begin this run at Hughes Playground (28th & Holden), run towards Delridge and try to stay along Longfellow Creek paths for the best scenery (several city park lots along the way) [or, for a faster, but a little hum-drum part, just follow Delridge north]. Run around the steel mill and under the West Seattle Freeway to Harbor Ave, then Alki Dr, to Beach Dr and into Lincoln Park, around Williams Pt and out of the park near the Ferry Terminal. Make your way up Cloverdale to 46th and turn north and at Thistle, turn East and follow the "Stairway to Heaven" which goes directly up to California Ave--if you're like me (a chubby 50-year-old), there will be no feeling left in you legs so just grind yourself up that stairway [Only the ultra runners I know could run up this at this point of a run]. Follow Thistle to Denny Jr Hi (30th & Thistle) and you have finished a little more than a half-marathon. The start is 3.5 blocks away (half-mile)--a good wind-down walk. I like to take my shoes off when I come to the playground and walk in my bare feet back to the start. <br> My only complaint is there aren't enough beer checks (dive bars that don't mind sweaty runners) along the way. But, there are enough small groceries to pick up the hasher's beverage of choice and take to a back alley for consumption.