The neighborhood of Bitter Lake in Seattle is an old and larger neighborhood that used to be what was considered part of the suburbs of Seattle. As Seattle has grown, the area has changed a lot. What has remained the same is the core of the neighborhood where single-family homes with quiet side streets are prominent.
Bounded on the west by Greenwood Avenue and the east by Aurora, the businesses are in easy reach of both walkers and motorists. There are plenty of pet stores, grooming shops, and vets that run along the edges of the neighborhood for Fido. There is also just about any restaurant you could possibly want as well as a number of convenience stores within easy reach of most walkers in the neighborhood.
Seattle has what is considered a mostly Mediterranean climate with mild temperatures and a moderate amount of rain. Winters and summers both are generally mild, with only rare extremes in temperature.
The terrain in Bitter Lake is great for walkers who are interested in working on their dog’s health. It is situated on the edge of a long ridge with the west side of the neighborhood running along the top length of it. This means that there are plenty of hills going east to west if you want to get a harder workout in.
At the west side of the neighborhood, the ridge has a bit of a plateau, so you can actually walk in a small loop and have very little in the way of hills. The hills running east to west are quite steep, so it is best to avoid them until you and Fido are ready to for the challenge.
There are not a lot of sidewalks in the area, however, the side streets are very quiet, so you will have a lot of freedom of movement along the quiet roads within many parts of the neighborhood.
The major greenway in Bitter Lake is a park and lake by the same name. At the north end of the neighborhood, this park is mainly for children and their families, but dogs are allowed. On a warm day, you are likely to see dogs playing frisbee or playing fetch at the lake.
If you want to walk along a greenway, the Interurban Trail is your best option as there are trees and grass and it is long enough to make a good walk for most pups. Your other alternative is to go to the very popular Carkeek Park that is in the adjacent neighborhood of Broadview. You will have to hop in the car, but once you get there, you will have many trails through 220 acres to enjoy. There are wetlands, creeks, and, of course, the beach just off the Puget Sounds, meaning lots of sights, sounds, and smells for your pup to enjoy.