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Explore different neighborhoods and Episcopal parishes within Seattle with other young adults from around the Diocese.

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Sundays (2-5:15 p.m.)

  • July 11: Epiphany and "Madrona & Leschi"
  • Aug. 8: Saint Mark's Cathedral and "The Olmsted Vision"
  • Sept. 26: St. John the Baptist and "Alki from Above"
  • Oct. 17 - St. Paul's and "Southwest Queen Anne"

These afternoon urban walks are designed for adults in their 20s and 30s to get outside, make new friends, and learn more about different neighborhoods and parishes in Seattle. Routes will draw inspiration from Seattle Stairway Walks and range between 2.5 - 4 miles at an easy pace.

Did you know that Seattle has 650 publicly accessible stairways? In the early 1900s, stairs were built, expanding and extending links between trolley stops and residential tracts. Now, these scenic passageways provide opportunities to discover Seattle neighborhoods anew.

What is the itinerary for each stairway walk? Each walk will include an inside view of the parish with clergy, a neighborhood walk, and refreshments.


>Sunday, Oct. 17 - St. Paul's and "Southwest Queen Anne" - Print walk overview flyer.

Begin at St. Paul's with a brief background and tour from Rev. Nat Johnson. We'll then wind our way up and around to explore cobblestone lanes, historic landmark homes, and expansive views on this 4.1 mile walk. Participants have the option of attending a 5 pm service at St. Paul's.

>Sunday, Sept. 26 - St. John the Baptist Episcopal and "Alki from Above" - Print walk overview flyer.

We began at St. John the Baptist Episcopal with a short tour from Rev. Elise Johnstone. We walked through the North Admiral neighborhood, exploring curvy lanes and stairways down to Alki. Our climb back up connected us to old growth forest in Schmitz Preserve.

> Sunday, Aug. 8 - Saint Mark's Cathedral and "The Olmsted Vision" - Print walk overview flyer.

We began at Saint Mark's with a short tour with Dean Steve Thomason. We saw how the vision of the Olmsted Brothers shaped Seattle's parks, walking through The Arboretum, Interlaken Park and Volunteer Park, and winding through Montlake, Stevens and Broadway neighborhoods. Total distance: ~4.2 miles.

> Sunday, July 11 - Epiphany and "Madrona & Leschi" - Print walk overview flyer.

We explored green spaces in two Lake Washington neighborhoods, climbing stairs that connected streets, hills and ravines. Highlights included Madrona Park, Madrona Woods, and Leschi Natural Area. We ended at Epiphany with Rev. Doyt L. Conn Jr. Total distance: ~3 miles.

I can only attend one of the walks, can I still participate? Yes! You choose which walks you can attend by selecting the ticket for each location.

What should I bring? Bring what you need to be comfortable walking for about two hours. We strongly recommend good shoes, sun protection and a water bottle. Masks are not required outside but may be required when entering a church.

What about parking? Free parking is available onsite at each parish.

Questions? Email Emily ( or Michael ( from Saint Mark's.

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The Diocese of Olympia is made up of more than 26,000 Episcopalians in more than 100 worshiping communities through Western Washington. Our geographic area stretches south from Canada to Oregon and west from the foothills of the Cascade Mountains to the Pacific Ocean.

Through worship we:

  • Affirm our faith
  • Pray together
  • Reconcile together
  • Share peace and thanksgiving together
  • Gain strength and renewal through Eucharist
  • Prepare ourselves to minister to the world.

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