60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Seattle: Including Bellevue, Everett, and Tacoma [NOOK Book]

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In addition to the Cascade Range and Puget Sound, this authoritative guide also leads to lesser-known destinations, including high bluffs and tide pools along the Pacific, abandoned mines and railways, and stands of old-growth forest inside the city limits.
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60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Seattle: Including Bellevue, Everett, and Tacoma

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Overview


In addition to the Cascade Range and Puget Sound, this authoritative guide also leads to lesser-known destinations, including high bluffs and tide pools along the Pacific, abandoned mines and railways, and stands of old-growth forest inside the city limits.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780897328128
  • Publisher: Menasha Ridge Press
  • Publication date: 2/1/2010
  • Series: 60 Hikes within 60 Miles
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 758,347
  • File size: 19 MB
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Meet the Author


Andrew Weber
Thanks to a family scattered around the globe, Andrew Weber has become a world traveler for life, counting the Canadian Rockies, the beaches of New Zealand, and the deserts of southern Africa among his favorite places. He has been exploring the outdoors of the Pacific Northwest for more than a decade, including a successful climb of Mount Rainier in 2005 and a solo circumnavigation of the Wonderland Trail around the mountain in 2002. He currently resides in Seattle, where he works as a Web publisher and a freelance journalist and photographer. Andrew has written about a wide range of topics, including cultural events, the arts, the National Basketball Association, and the National Football League.

Bryce Stevens
A lifelong Washingtonian, Bryce Stevens grew up in the Yakima area, graduated from the University of Washington, and has lived in Seattle for more than two decades. He has thoroughly explored the Cascade Range, the Olympic Mountains, and the lowlands of Puget Sound, all while hiking, backpacking, climbing, mountain biking, backcountry snowboarding, and sea kayaking. He discovered his love of outdoor photography while canyoneering in southeastern Utah in 2001 and has returned to the spectacular region every year since. In 1999 he cofounded trails.com, an online trail-information resource and topographic-mapping service that he continues to help run today. Bryce lives in the Maple Leaf neighborhood of Seattle with his wife, Julie, and their two sons, Kyle and Andrew.
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Saint Edward State Park

In Brief
This former Catholic seminary sits on a high, forested bluff above the northern end of Lake Washington, providing access to one of the last stretches of undeveloped land on the waterfront via an excellent trail system.

Description
Many people primarily know Saint Edward State Park as the host of the annual Summer Brewfest, during which thirsty crowds fill the expansive lawn and eagerly sample the showcased handcrafted beers.” The popular event, held each year on Father’s Day, also features live music, food and craft booths, and even a raucous keg-toss competition.

Yet most of the time Saint Edward is quiet and calm, closer to the contemplative retreat likely envisioned when the seminary was founded by the Sulpician Order in the early 1930s. Named for Edward the Confessor, the second-to-last Anglo-Saxon king of England and founder of Westminster Abbey, the impressive facility was run by the Seattle Archdiocese until it was donated to the state of Washington in 1977 and turned into a park.

The seminary was built in a Tuscan architectural style, complete with arches and a bell tower, giving the structure a distinctly European flair. The occasional cricket or soccer game on the grass only heightens the atmosphere, extending a general sense of peace that pervades the park. The serenity may reach its apex at the Grotto, an outdoor sanctuary and shrine on the southwest corner of the lawn. This same tranquility is evident throughout Saint Edward’s trail network as well.

A counterclockwise loop around the park perimeter is provided by linking the North, Beach, South Ridge, and Water Tower trails, designated almost entirely as “hiking-only.” Although Saint Edward is popular with local mountain bikers, who call it Saint Eddy, they tend to stay in the northeast corner of the park near the main entrance and have limited access to Lake Washington and the bluffs, where most of this loop occurs.

Find the trailhead by heading north from the parking lot, past the park office, some storage sheds, and another small parking area. The park’s office building also houses a gymnasium (one of many fine recreation facilities available at Saint Edward), in addition to a popular indoor pool and an engaging playground for young children. Park maps can prove helpful in finding the way, and are usually available at a display board near the picnic area.

The North Trail (identified as the Perimeter Trail) begins by ducking into the trees and then bending to the left, following a ridge downhill. A narrow ravine to the right houses a small creek that tumbles toward the lake.

The descent steepens as you get closer to the water, employing some easy switchbacks to lessen the drop. The forest is a mix of typical Pacific Northwest lowland species, including Douglas firs, western hemlocks, and big leaf maples, with a carpet of sword ferns and other ground cover underneath. Gaps in the canopy provide views of the water and the houses of Lake City on the opposite side, a little more than a mile away.

After dropping about 100 feet, the North Trail ends on the lakeshore at a junction with the Beach Trail. Turn left and head south along the bank, where several distinctive red-barked Pacific madrones hang out over the water. Boats frequently pass by, along with float planes from the Kenmore Air Harbor, 2 miles north at the mouth of the Sammamish River.

A thick tangle of plants prohibits easy access to the water until you reach a beachfront clearing with a swimming area along some rocks, where kayakers frequently stop to rest. The wide Seminary Trail enters the clearing from the left; this is the only beach access available to mountain bikers. For hikers seeking a shorter loop, it is possible to return to the main lawn by heading directly up the hill. Just past two lavatories, the Grotto Trail branches off the Seminary Trail to the right, providing another path to the top. At 0.4 miles long, the narrow Grotto Trail is closed to mountain bikes and may be a more rewarding hike than the Seminary Trail.

To resume the Perimeter Loop, continue on the Beach Trail. Bypass the first left to the South Canyon Trail and stay right to join the South Ridge Trail, which quickly climbs above the lake. This trail is surprisingly demanding, running through a series of short ups and downs while ascending a high crest between the South Canyon on the left and a shallower ravine to the right.

Emerge from the woods below a water tower overlooking Bastyr University, a leading center for study of the natural-health sciences. Bastyr now leases the Saint Thomas Seminary, added to the Saint Edward Seminary in 1958 and still owned by the Seattle Archdiocese. The Water Tower Trail starts here, heading immediately left from the wooden gate at the end of the South Ridge Trail and running through the trees along the Bastyr parking lot and access road.

The Plateau Trail enters from the right, open to mountain bikers who may share the broad Water Tower Trail with you the rest of the way. Only about a quarter mile remains until you exit the forest next to the playground and cross the grass to return to your vehicle.
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