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Thistle Stairway

Thistle Stairway: 367 stairs
Lower end: 46th Ave SW
Upper end: Northrop Pl SW
Type: concrete
Parking: Lincoln Park
Note: Formerly the longest continuous stairway in Seattle (before the Howe Stairway was extended through the mountain bike park).
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3rd Ave N Stairway

3rd Ave N Stairway: 121 stairs
Lower end: Aloha St
Upper end: Ward St (upper)
Type: concrete
Parking: Seattle Center
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2nd Ave N Stairway

2nd Ave N Stairway: 111 stairs
Lower end: Prospect St
Upper end: Highland Drive
Type: concrete
Parking: Seattle Center
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Lee Stairway

Lee Stairway: 108 stairs
Lower end: 9th Ave W
Upper end: 8th Ave W
Type: concrete
Parking: Seattle Center
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Wheeler Stairway

Wheeler Stairway: 125 stairs
Lower end: 15th Ave W
Upper end: 13th Ave W (upper)
Type: concrete
Parking: limited street parking on 13th
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Barrett Stairway

Barrett Stairway: 122 stairs
Lower end: 15th Ave W
Upper end: 14th Ave W
Type: concrete
Parking: limited street parking on 14th
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Ruffner Stairway

Ruffner Stairway: 107 stairs
Lower end: 14th Ave W
Upper end: 13th Ave W (east sidewalk)
Type: concrete
Parking: limited parking on 13th and 14th
Note: Stairs have been rebuilt since 1999; no. of stairs reduced from 138 to 107.
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Bertona Stairway

Bertona Stairway: 112 stairs
Lower end: 15th Ave W
Upper end: 14th Ave W
Type: concrete
Parking: limited parking on 14th Ave W
Note: These stairs are overrun with blackberry vines and need maintenance.
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Lower Galer Stairway

Lower Galer Stairway: 105 stairs
Lower end: Westlake Ave N (east sidewalk)
Upper end: Dexter Ave N
Type: concrete
Parking: west side of Lake Union
Note: connects Lake Union to Queen Anne Hill via Middle Galer Stairway (#10) and Upper Galer Stairway (#11). The total (including 38 between Taylor (lower level) and Taylor (upper level)) is 504.
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Middle Galer Stairway

Middle Galer Stairway: 179 stairs
Lower end: Dexter Ave N
Upper end: 6th Ave N
Type: concrete
Parking: limited parking on Dexter Ave N
Note: Stairway crosses Aurora Ave on pedestrian overpass.
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Upper Galer Stairway

Upper Galer Stairway: 182 stairs
Lower end: 5th Ave N
Upper end: 4th Ave N
Type: concrete
Parking: Seattle Center
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Garfield Stairway

Garfield Stairway: 170 stairs (public stairs only)
Lower end: Cascade Terrace Apts driveway
Upper end: 5th Ave N
Type: concrete
Parking: Seattle Center
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Dravus Stairway

Dravus Stairway: 119 stairs
Lower end: 36th Ave W
Upper end: 37th Ave W
Type: concrete
Parking: limited parking on 36th Ave W
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Montevista Stairway

Montevista Stairway: 154 stairs
Lower end: Perkins Lane W
Upper end: Magnolia Blvd W (parking lot)
Type: concrete
Parking: Viewpoint parking lot at top of stairs
Note: Stairs very steep and uneven; use caution.
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Glenmont Stairway

Glenmont Stairway: 202 stairs
Lower end: Perkins Lane W
Upper end: Magnolia Blvd W
Type: lower stairs concrete; upper stairs wood
Parking: limited parking on W Glenmont Lane
Note: Lower concrete stairs very steep and uneven.
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NW 85th St Stairway

NW 85th St Stairway: 287 stairs
Lower end: Golden Gardens Dr NW (lower end)
Upper end: 32nd Ave NW
Type: concrete with some dirt stairs and dirt path
Parking: Golden Gardens Park
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Golden Gardens Park Stairway Trail

Golden Gardens Park Stairway Trail: 119 stairs
Lower end: Golden Gardens Park
Upper end: Golden Gardens Park
Type: concrete on dirt trail
Parking: Golden Gardens Park
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UW Whatcom Lane Stairway

UW Whatcom Lane Stairway: 108 stairs
Lower end: UW Montlake parking lot
Upper end: Pend Oreille Rd (UW campus)
Type: concrete
Parking: UW Montlake parking lot
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UW Wahkiakum Lane Stairway

UW Wahkiakum Lane Stairway: 174 stairs
Lower end: UW Montlake parking lot
Upper end: Stevens Way (UW campus)
Type: concrete
Parking: UW Montlake parking lot
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UW Padelford Stairway

UW Padelford Stairway: 131 stairs
Lower end: parking garage entrance at Mason Rd
Upper end: Stevens Way at Padelford Hall
Type: concrete
Parking: UW campus
Note: stairway goes through Padelford Hall parking garage
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Howe Stairway

Howe Stairway: 388 stairs (longest continuous outdoor public stairway in Seattle)
Lower end: Franklin Ave E
Upper end: 10th Ave E
Type: concrete
Parking: limited parking on Eastlake
Note: stairway goes through City of Seattle Mountain Bike Skills Park under I-5.
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Blaine Stairway

Blaine Stairway: 293 stairs
Lower end: Lakeview Ave E
Upper end: 10th Ave E
Type: concrete
Parking: limited parking on Lakeview
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Pike Street Hillclimb

Pike Street Hillclimb: 163 stairs
Lower end: Alaskan Way
Upper end: Pike Place Market
Type: concrete and wood
Parking: Pike Place Market
Note: stairs go through Public Market; lower outside section has 109 stairs, upper inside section 54 stairs.
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The Harbor Steps

The Harbor Steps: 107
Lower end: Western Ave
Upper end: 1st Ave
Type: concrete
Parking: downtown Seattle
Note: "Private Property - Public Welcome"
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NE 52nd St Stairway

NE 52nd St Stairway: 233 stairs (215 before reconstruction)
Lower end: Ravenna Ave NE
Upper end: 20th Ave NE
Type: concrete
Parking: Ravenna Park
Note: stairway construction work now finished and stairway is open to the public (Oct 2009).
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Charlestown Stairway

Charlestown Stairway: 227 stairs
Lower end: Marginal Pl SW
Upper end: 19th Ave SW
Type: concrete
Parking: limited parking on Marginal
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Gennessee Stairway

Gennessee Stairway: 213 stairs
Lower end: Delridge Ave SW
Upper end: 21st Ave SW
Type: concrete
Parking: Delridge Community Center, corner of Delridge and Gennessee
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Juneau Stairway

Juneau Stairway: 172 stairs
Lower end: 23rd Ave SW
Upper end: 21st Ave SW
Type: concrete
Parking: limited parking on 23rd
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Holly Stairway

Holly Stairway: 110 stairs
Lower end: Delridge Ave SW
Upper end: 21st Ave SW
Type: concrete
Parking: limited parking on Delridge
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Graham East Stairway

Graham East Stairway: 134 stairs
Lower end: 22nd Ave SW
Upper end: 21st Ave SW
Type: concrete
Parking: limited parking on 21st
Note: East of 21st Ave SW are two additional stairways (the first going down and the second going up), neither of which totals 100 stairs by itself.
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Graham West Stairway

Graham West Stairway: 140 stairs
Lower end: 26th Ave SW
Upper end: High Point Dr SW
Type: concrete
Parking: limited parking on 26th
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Bonair Stairway

Bonair Stairway: 114 stairs
Lower end: Alki Ave SW
Upper end: Halleck Ave SW
Type: concrete
Parking: along Alki Ave SW
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53rd Ave SW Stairway

53rd Ave SW Stairway: 175 stairs
Lower end: Halleck Ave SW
Upper end: Hughes Ave SW
Type: concrete
Parking: along Alki Ave SW
Note: lower section (Halleck to Hobart) rebuilt June 2009.
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Carroll Stairway

Carroll Stairway: 193 stairs
Lower end: 58th Pl SW
Upper end: Aikins Ave SW
Type: concrete
Parking: along Beach Dr SW
Note: watch for very friendly cat at bottom of the stairway
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Douglas Stairway

Douglas Stairway: 134 stairs
Lower end: Chilberg Ave SW
Upper end: Aikins Ave SW
Type: concrete
Parking: along Beach Dr SW
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22nd Ave E Stairway

22nd Ave E Stairway: 107 stairs
Lower end: E Blaine St
Upper end: E Howe St
Type: concrete
Parking: limited parking along Blaine
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Thomas Stairway

Thomas Stairway: 125 stairs
Lower end: 26th Ave E
Upper end: 25th Ave E (west sidewalk)
Type: concrete
Parking: limited parking along Madison
Note: use caution crossing Madison, a very busy street.
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37th Ave E Stairway

37th Ave E Stairway: 101 stairs
Lower end: Dorffel Dr E
Upper end: E High Lane
Type: concrete
Parking: limited parking on Dorffel
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James Stairway

James Stairway: 106 stairs
Lower end: Lake Washington Blvd
Upper end: 38th Ave E
Type: concrete
Parking: Madrona Park
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Dearborn Stairway

Dearborn Stairway: 154 stairs
Lower end: 32nd Ave S
Upper end: 30th Ave S
Type: concrete
Parking: limited parking along 31st
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Day East Stairway

Day East Stairway: 198 stairs
Lower end: 36th Ave S
Upper end: Lake Washington Blvd
Type: concrete
Parking: limited parking on Lake Washington Blvd
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Colman Park Stairway

Colman Park Stairway: 197 stairs
Lower end: Lake Washington Blvd
Upper end: 31st Ave S
Type: concrete and earth (dirt trail)
Parking: limited parking on 31st
Note: stairway trail through Colman Park
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Dose Stairway

Dose Stairway: 138 stairs
Lower end: Lake Washington Blvd
Upper end: 34th Ave S
Type: concrete
Parking: Mt Baker Park
Note: stairway in Colman Park
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Jackson Stairway

Jackson Stairway: 135 stairs (rebuilt 2011)
Lower end: Lakeside Ave S
Upper end: 35th Ave S
Type: concrete
Parking: Leschi Park
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Atlantic Stairway

Atlantic Stairway: 120 stairs
Lower end: 16th Ave S
Upper end: 15th Ave S
Type: concrete
Parking: limited parking on 15th
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Hanford Stairway

Hanford Stairway: 110 stairs
Lower end: Cheasty Blvd S
Upper end: 25th Ave S
Type: concrete
Parking: limited parking on 25th
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Lucile Stairway

Lucile Stairway: 158 stairs
Lower end: 18th Ave S
Upper end: 20th Ave S
Type: concrete
Parking: limited parking on 18th
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Cooper Stairway

Cooper Stairway: 215 stairs
Lower end: Rainier Ave S
Upper end: Water Ave S
Type: concrete
Parking: Lakeridge Playground
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Redwing Stairway

Redwing Stairway: 103 stairs
Lower end: Rainier Ave S
Upper end: Water Ave S
Type: concrete
Parking: Lakeridge Playground
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Adam Stairway

Adam Stairway: 182 stairs
Lower end: Letitia Ave S
Upper end: 34th Ave S
Type: concrete
Parking: limited parking on 34th
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Ferdinand-53rd Stairway

Ferdinand-53rd Stairway: 171 stairs
Lower end: 55th Ave S
Upper end: 53rd Ave S
Type: concrete
Parking: Seward Park
Note: Stairway rebuilt in 2010; new total 171 stairs; to go up all 171 stairs turn south at sidewalk intersection of Ferdinand and 53rd Ave S and go up stairs to 53rd Ave S street end.
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SW 98th St Stairway

SW 98th St Stairway: 115 stairs
Lower end: 50th Ave SW
Upper end: 48th Ave SW
Type: wood
Parking: Lincoln Park
Note: Stairway has been rebuilt since my original visit in 1999.
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Holden Stairway

Holden Stairway: 135 stairs
Lower end: Delridge Ave SW
Upper end: 20th Ave SW
Type: concrete
Parking: limited parking on 20th
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19th Ave SW Stairway

19th Ave SW Stairway: 150 stairs
Lower end: SW Orchard St
Upper end: SW Webster St
Type: concrete
Parking: limited parking on SW Webster
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Myrtle East Stairway

Myrtle East Stairway: 170 stairs
Lower end: Delridge Way SW
Upper end: 21st Ave SW
Type: concrete
Parking: limited parking on 21st
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Discovery Park Stairway

Discovery Park Stairway: 112 stairs
Lower end: Loop Trail (in park)
Upper end: Louisana St (in park)
Type: concrete
Parking: Discovery Learning Center
Note: stairs were originally part of Fort Lawton.
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NE 95th St Stairway

NE 95th St Stairway: 132 stairs
Lower end: Lake City Way NE
Upper end: 20th Ave NE
Type: concrete
Parking: limited parking on 20th
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Day West Stairway

Day West Stairway: 147 stairs
Lower end: ped/bike path under Mt Baker Ridge
Upper end: 31st Ave S
Type: concrete
Parking: limited parking on 31st
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Lilac Stairway

Lilac Stairway: 113 stairs
Lower end: Rainier Ave S
Upper end: 34th Ave S
Type: concrete
Parking: limited parking on Letitia
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Union Stairway

Union Stairway: 141 stairs
Lower end: Alaskan Way
Upper end: 1st Ave
Type: metal to Western; concrete Western to 1st
Parking: along Alaskan Way
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Lincoln Park Central Stairway

Lincoln Park Central Stairway: 125 stairs
Lower end: Near bottom of trail leading down to beach near pool
Upper end: Trail on top of bluff
Type: wood and earth
Parking: Lincoln Park parking lots
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NE 135th St Stairway

NE 135th Stairway: 196 stairs
Lower end: 42nd Ave NE
Upper end: 40th Ave NE
Type: concrete
Parking: limited parking on 42nd
Note: Stairway found by Pat Morley.
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38th Ave E Stairway

38th Ave E Stairway: 136 stairs
Lower end: E Newport Way
Upper end: E Union St
Type: concrete
Parking: limited parking on Newport and Union
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Randolph Stairway

Randolph Stairway: 125 stairs
Lower end: Wellington Ave E
Upper end: Randolph Pl E
Type: concrete
Parking: limited parking on Randolph
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Myrtle West Stairway

Myrtle West Stairway: 100 stairs
Lower end: 27th Ave SW
Upper end: 28th Ave SW
Type: concrete
Parking: Limited parking on Myrtle west of 28th.
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Interlaken Stairway

Interlaken Stairway: 101 stairs
Lower end: 22nd Ave E
Upper end: Interlaken Dr E
Type: wood/stone and earth
Parking: limited parking on Boyer
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Spokane-Admiral Way Stairway

Spokane-Admiral Way Stairway: 106 stairs
Lower end: 30th Ave SW
Upper end: Fauntleroy Ave SW
Type: concrete
Parking: limited parking on 30th
Note: Very dangerous crossing of Admiral Way; stairway discovered by Doug Beyerlein, March 2010.
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Ferdinand-30th Stairway

Ferdinand-30th Stairway: 125 stairs
Lower end: 31st Ave S
Upper end: 30th Ave S
Type: concrete with middle section of wood and earth
Parking: Limited parking on S Ferdinand St
Note: Info and photos provided by Susan Ott Ralph.
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Bayview Stairway: REMOVED

Bayview Stairway: 115 stairs
Lower end: below 13th Ave S
Upper end: 14th Ave S
Type: concrete
Parking: Limited parking on 13th
Note: REMOVED BY SDOT IN 2015.
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Frink Park Stairway

Frink Park Stairway: 187 stairs
Lower end: below Lake Washington Blvd
Upper end: 31st Ave S
Type: earth and wood (dirt trail) and concrete
Parking: Limited parking on 32nd
Note: Found by Susan Ott Ralph.
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8th Ave S Stairway

8th Ave S Stairway: 154 stairs
Lower end: S Jackson St
Upper end: S Washington St
Type: concrete
Parking: Limited parking on street in the International District south of Jackson.
Note: Info and photos provided by Susan Ott Ralph and Doug Beyerlein.
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Freeway Park Stairway

Freeway Park Stairway: 122 stairs
Lower end: 6th Ave and University St
Upper end: 9th Ave and University St
Type: concrete
Parking: Downtown Seattle streets or Convention Center parking garage.
Note: Info provided by Susan Ott Ralph.
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Convention Center Stairway

Convention Center Stairway: 111 stairs
Lower end: 7th Ave and Union St
Upper end: Freeway Park
Type: concrete
Parking: Downtown Seattle streets or Convention Center parking garage.
Note: Info provided by Susan Ott Ralph.
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Raye Stairway

Raye Stairway: 106 stairs
Lower end: 15th Ave W
Upper end: 14th Ave W (upper)
Type: concrete
Parking: limited parking on 14th
Note: Info and photos provided by Susan Ott Ralph.
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Crescent Stairway

Crescent Stairway: 103 stairs
Lower end: E Interlaken Blvd
Upper end: Interlake Dr E
Type: wood and earth
Parking: no parking at lower end; limited parking on Galer
Note: Info and photos provided by Susan Ott Ralph.
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Madrona Park Stairway

Madrona Park Stairway: 100 stairs
Lower end: Lake Washington Blvd
Upper end: E Grand Ave
Type: wood and earth
Parking: limited parking near Spectrum Dance Theater
Note: Info and photos by Susan Ott Ralph.
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Horton Stairway

Horton Stairway: 100 stairs
Lower end: 36th Ave S
Upper end: 37th Ave S
Type: concrete
Parking: limited parking on 36th
Note: Info and photos by Susan Ott Ralph.
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Highland Stairway

Highland Stairway: 112 stairs
Lower end: below 9th Ave W
Upper end: 8th Ave W (lower)
Type: concrete
Parking: limited parking on Olympic Way
Note: Lower end leads to residences and is included on city's official stair inventory; info and photos provided by Susan Ott Ralph.
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Lincoln Park North Beach Stairway

Lincoln Park North Beach Stairway: 100 stairs
Lower end: Lincoln Park beach trail
Upper end: Lincoln Park bluff trail
Type: wood and earth
Parking: Lincoln Park parking lots
Note: Found by Doug Beyerlein
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Discovery Park South Bluff Stairway

Discovery Park South Bluff Stairway: 216 stairs
Lower end: Utah Ave
Upper end: Loop Trail
Type: wood and earth
Parking: Discovery Park Visitor Center
Note: part of Discovery Park trail system.
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Discovery Park Hidden Valley Stairway

Discovery Park Hidden Valley Stairway: 108 stairs
Lower end: Utah Ave
Upper end: Loop Trail
Type: wood and earth
Parking: Discovery Park Visitor Center
Note: part of the Discovery Park trail system.
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Discovery Park North Bluff Stairway

Discovery Park North Bluff Stairway: 201 stairs
Lower end: North Shore Trail
Upper end: Loop Trail
Type: wood and earth
Parking: Discovery Park North Parking Lot
Note: part of Discovery Park trail system.
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Lower Market Stairway

Lower Market Stairway: 110 stairs
Lower end: Western Ave
Upper end: Pike Place Market
Type: concrete and wood
Parking: limited parking along Western Ave
Note: 56 outside stairs and 54 inside market stairs.
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Spokane-61st Stairway

Spokane-61st Stairway: 109
Lower end: 61st Ave SW
Upper end: 60th Ave SW
Type: concrete
Parking: limited parking on 61st
Note: stairway rebuilt 2012; discovered by Jake Jaramillo; photos by Doug Beyerlein.
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University Stairway

University Stairway: 110 stairs
Lower end: 1st Ave
Upper end: 3rd Ave
Type: concrete
Parking: downtown Seattle
Note: Stairway parallel to University Street sidewalk.
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Kinnear Park Stairway

Kinnear Park Stairway: 125 stairs
Lower end: W Roy St
Upper end: W Olympic Pl
Material: wood and earth
Parking: limited parking on Roy
Note: Found by Michael Yadrick, photos by Doug Beyerlein
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