Just to the north of some of the most urban areas of Seattle lies the neighborhood of Green Lake. Much of this neighborhood is made up of the lake and an adjacent park, but the neighbors here do not complain much. The lake has an old and thriving culture of retail and residential.
Animal hospitals, grooming shops, and pet stores are available throughout the area just outside of its borders, so finding Sasha’s favorite treats will never be a problem. There are plenty of places to stop for a bite to eat or drink, even with your dog! There are plenty of places that cater to dog owners and those out for a bit of recreation.
Seattle weather makes sure that you will get maximum enjoyment of this neighborhood. Temperature extremes are rare, snow is even rarer, and your only impediment to fresh air and exercise is the rain and wind storms that come through from time to time.
Green Lake does have some hills, but in comparison to neighboring areas, the hills through here are pretty mild. Most beginning walkers will have no trouble making it through this neighborhood, except for a few areas. Up towards the north end of the Green Lake neighborhood, there are also a few larger hills, but still nothing that the average walker could not handle.
This is a neighborhood made for walking, so most of the streets do have nice sidewalks that are plenty wide for you and Sasha and also have shoulders for your pup to explore. The area can get a bit congested due to the lake which is one of the most popular spots in North Seattle, so it is worth keeping your eyes open for traffic.
Most of the neighborhood has little more than stop signs, so unless you are headed to the lake, you will not have to deal with having to stop for a lot of lights.
Most residents use the lake and park for their recreation. The lake has a 2.8-mile path around it that has been recently renovated. The trail has two lanes with one being for walkers and the other for faster traffic. In addition, Green Lake has ample grassy areas and lots of trees for Sasha to enjoy. The lake has long been a popular spot for summer recreation, so you may find that it gets a bit crowded, especially and on the weekends. Still, if you don’t like navigating the streets around the lake, it is a nice place to get in a good workout.
To the south of Green Lake, you will find Woodland Park. The park has some wooded areas and paths, so if you are wanting to get away from the business of the lake, this might be a perfect destination. On the back side of the park, you will find some nice places to get away from the heat and crowds.