Favorite Winter Walks in the Seattle Area: Richmond Beach
In addition to the Edmonds Marina, we are walking at the Richmond Beach Saltwater Park. We have used this park for training, exercise, picnics and enjoying the outdoors for over10 years. It has a little bit of everything.
G climbed Mt. Rainier in July 2003. We started in January and we were hiking at least once a week. We also used the stairs at Richmond Beach to train. He would take his backpack and load it up with some weight – typically milk jugs filled with water and then climb the stairs in circuit training. He started doing 10 reps of the stairs and built up to almost 20. I usually went along and did 5 or so reps – without a pack of course. In 2003, the stairs were not well maintained. Half of the course up the hill was through sand and the stairs typically were covered with sand so that at times each rise was almost covered with sand. But much has changed in 10 years. The whole path up the hill is now a sidewalk and the stairs are well maintained. Last year, Shoreline encouraged citizens to get in shape on the hill. There is a sign at the bottom that says there are 188 to the top and a new stair counter similar to an abacus at the top to count your reps.
In addition to the stairs, there is a bluff walk that is about 1/2 mile long. The vistas across the wide open Puget Sound to Kitsap Penisula are a joy. I love walking this path especially in the winter when the days are clear and crisp but it is great all times of the year.
We climbed the stairs and walked the bluff today. It was a beautiful November day. We also stopped at the Reflex Solaris art work to check the time. You can be your own sundial!
Here are pictures of today’s walk and links to two other posts on the park.
Richmond Beach Saltwater Park
Richmond Beach Winter Bonfire
View from the Bluffs
Lone Madrona tree at top the bluff