Green Lake – Seattle’s Best Walk

by Lauren Braden on January 5, 2012

in Trip Ideas

Sometimes, the richest memories in life are formed in the most mundane of activities. Like walking.

Seattle's Green Lake

For years, Seattle’s Green Lake Park was my happy place. It still is, really, though I live in West Seattle now and get up to the north end of the city far less often than I should. For a long time, a stretch of many of my Seattle years, Green Lake was always just a few blocks away, and I considered it to be my backyard.

I started most mornings, summer and winter, walking the 3 miles around the lake. Sometimes I walked alone, just me and my walkman. Most of the time I would walk with a friend. Almost always, I would walk with a cup of coffee in my hand from the Urban Bakery or Seattle’s Best Coffee (now Peet’s).

Early morning winter walks were my favorite. Only the regulars are there then. We would see each other every day. There was the gal on rollerblades with the parrot on her shoulder. The guy that gives Spanish lessons while you walk. Martin, the birdwatcher.

My friend used to say that you see everyone at Green Lake. Maybe next time I’ll see you there?

If You Go

Green Lake Park

Features: 2.8-mile paved walking path (wheels ok), basketball, soccer, baseball/softball., tennis, outdoor wading pool, indoor pool, paddleboat rentals, hand-carry boat launch, swimming beach, restrooms, cafe.


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Janet Way January 6, 2012 at 1:18 pm

Hi Lauren,

Congrats on this cool project. I’ve covered Greenlake several times in the past couple months on my blog “Of Paramount Importance”. I love going there, since I can drive in less than 10 mins. We used to live in Maple Leaf and walked and recreated there frequently.

Here’s a couple of my blog posts –




Lauren January 6, 2012 at 4:27 pm

Thanks, Janet! I love the pictures in your posts. Winter is my favorite time there, but summers are wonderful, too. It’s just a truly special spot and we’re so lucky to have it!


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