I’m from the Midwest. Ingrained in me is a distaste for hills.
I like my runs flat, flat as a pancake flat. Give me some rows of corn fields or a jog along the Lakefront Trail in Chicago any day of the week and I am a happy woman.
Cue the hills in downtown Seattle. Pan to a wide landscape shot with our breathtaking backdrop of mountains. I’m not trading this view for a corn field any time soon. Seattle is gorgeous.
So when I heard talk about a run around the top of Queen Anne that didn’t involve steep elevation changes, to say I was intrigued would be a gross understatement. I needed to discover this route.
And find it I did.
I’m not going to pretend it was a one and done tracking effort to nail down what I’m calling the Queen Anne Hilltop Loop. It took a few walks, jogs and runs to get the path right. Plus Google Maps threw a few curve balls tracking the elevation which I discovered after reviewing the kmz file. I’ll share the details with you and spare you the confusion I experienced.
It’s best to view the map in it’s own tab, you can do so by clicking here.
What I like about this view of the terrain is you can see where the hill starts to drop off – those darker edges and shading near the blue trail line.
The route starts and finishes at Kerry Park (picture below). It’s a beautiful place to visit year-round.
There is typically plenty of free street parking, as long as you don’t mind not parking exactly in front of Kerry Park. Plus, given the number of tourists that visit this particular spot, it’s a terrible idea to begin with. I suggest you find a side street to park on and walk to the starting point.
Below is an image showing the elevation along the route.
It’s a little under 100 feet of elevation change. Huzzah!
Other things to take note of along the route:
- Not all streets have sidewalks for you to run on
- Be safe out there on the roads!
Below is a photograph of one of the idyllic roads on the route that does not have a sidewalk.
- The views on 8th street are AMAZING and are not to be missed
- Go during daylight hours
- If you don’t want to go through someone’s backyard, a.k.a. the P-Patch Community Garden, you can take the alternate route pictured below.
- For some reason Google Maps had this particular stretch of the walking route going down into the ravine. Trust me, there is a bridge there.
However, if you really want to experience the P-Patch. Hook a left on Lynn St. (this assumes you are running clockwise on the map) and look for a gravel-y road.
I’ve included some pictures below to help you not get lost.
If you are hungry or thirsty after your run, Queen Anne is bustling with shops, restaurants and grocery stores. In the warmer months there is a farmer’s market on Thursdays worth checking out.
I hope you enjoy this run as much as I do.
Run on, my friends.