This is a beautiful walk through city parks, the town of Woodway with its horse stables and gardens, residential and historic Edmonds, and ends with views of Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains.
Year Round Walks
Year Round Walks (year round events) may be open daily, January through December. Year Round events are not limited to just one or two days in the year and have no set start/finish time. It is expected that you will start and finish the walk in daylight hours. Walks are 10 kilometers long (6.2 miles). However, there are some walks that have a 5 kilometer (3.1 miles) option that you can choose. On average, a 10 kilometer (10k) walk will take around 2 hours, depending on your pace.
Numerous private and public businesses work in conjunction with volkssport clubs across the nation by allowing the clubs to set aside an area for the starting point of a walk (known as "The Walk Box").
For instance, one of the Sound Steppers’ walks starts at Providence Everett Medical Center in Everett, Washington. When you arrive at the hospital, "The Walk Box" is located straight ahead of the entrance, past the elevators, then to your right. Take another right, and you'll see the box. "The Walk Box" has all the needed registration materials, along with a map and directions for the walk.
Sound Steppers also maintains start boxes at Safeway Grocery Store in Lynnwood, Harbor Square Athletic Club in Edmonds, Haggen's Grocery Store in Snohomish, Albertson's Store in Lake Forest Park, Central Market in Mill Creek, the YMCA in Marysville and Walgreen's in Shoreline.
Once you have completed a walk, you will find self-stamped, addressed envelopes for sending in the credit fee, which is usually no more than $3.00, and the stamp pad for stamping your Events/Distance booklets. [Note: You may also do the walk for no credit, in which case there is no fee.]
For a complete listing of the Washington State Challenges (a group of walks that fulfill a certain criteria), please see the ESVA website. For most of the National and State Challenges, please see each walk below. All of these walks qualify for All Clubs as Sound Steppers walks.
A old favorite Lynnwood Lakes and Trails, floating walkway on Scriber Lake, Scriber Creek trail, Interurban Trail and Golf Course trail. Sidewalks connect the trails.
The City of Shoreline is one of Seattle’s closest suburbs. Located immediately north of Seattle, the area was settled first by homesteaders and soon after by vacationers. Over time a community formed, and although Seattle’s boundaries had pushed farther north, Shoreline has preserved it’s autonomy and, in 1995, incorporated as a city in its own right.
The Shoreline Interurban Trail is the main focus of this walk, covering the City of Shoreline from it’s north and south borders. Walk the Interurban trail while seeing various works of art. This trail was originally cleared in 1910 and used as an electric train connection from Everett to Tacoma, for the next 30 years.
Walk is on paved trails along North Creek Nature area. WSU extension garden. Thru woods of McCollum Park. Continue past Mill Creek Sports park and Restrooms. City sidewalks to second paved Nature Trail and return to Mill Creek town center.
Pleasant walk on asphalt trail along Snohomish River and nature trail on Spencer Island. Wildlife and bald eagles are common sights. A little oasis just outside the city of Everett.
Walk goes through Jennings Nature Park and historic Jennings Memorial Park, with tree lined trails, meadows, wetlands, picnic tables and Master Gardener Demonstration garden before exiting onto residential streets. Route continues up a long hill east of town and soon enters a delightful neighborhood park, climbing further east. The route then utilizes a unique paved trail under the power line with a view at the start of the Olympics and Port Gardner Bay to the west.
From Lake Forest Park town center thru LFP neighborhood, around Acacia cemetery, down to Burke Gilman Trail. BGT to Log Boom park with places to sit and enjoy the view of Lake Washington,. Walk onto the fishing pier at Lake Washington. Return on goat trail road with great views of Lake Washington from an elevated vantage point.
The route includes a section of the Centennial Trail which extends into the town of Snohomish. This diverse walk goes through two parks, around a lake, and continues along a lovely riverfront trail. It continues in downtown Snohomish with its many antique shops, restaurants and 100+ year old neighborhoods. Historic Snohomish is a pleasure to walk through, and stop and shop in many unique stores or have a meal in one of the many fine restaurants.
Walk thru residential and business area of Edmonds. Thru two beach parks with views of Puget Sound and Olympic mountains. Walk along Marina and pass ferry terminal. Pets not allowed in Beach Parks.
Walk to Legion Park Arboretum, continue to Marine View Drive and down to the waterfront and walk along waters edge. Walk thru Marine park and views of Jetty Island park, continue past Everett Naval Base. Up a pedestrian overpass to Grand Ave and Grand Ave Overlook Park. 5k option to the Legion Park Arboretum.