Seattle weather is excellent for walking in the summer with sunny conditions and little rain. Severe storms and heat are not common to the area and usually do not hamper walks in warmer months with your furry friend. Winters are wet and cool. Rain is frequent and dog walkers in the area should have good rain gear and a warm jacket to stay comfortable when hiking with their hound. When the temperature dips below freezing, conditions can quickly become icy or snowy, or both! Dogs are especially prone to hip and pelvic injuries in these conditions, so avoid dangerous walkways when possible.
The Leschi neighborhood is bordered by Lake Washington on the east side, Interstate 90 on the south, East Cherry Street on the north, and Martin Luther King Jr. Way on the south. The neighborhood is situated on a hill and features great views of the surrounding seas and the lake. There is a harbor, piers, and beachfront along the water which is a dominant landscape feature.
Inclines, sometimes steep, are located throughout the neighborhood and, if you are walking with your dog, you are in for some strenuous climbs. If mobility is an issue for you or your pet, this can be problematic.
There are condominium complexes near the lake and large character homes with vintage architecture mixed with more moderate homes. Residential roads have sidewalks and grass berms creating safe walkways for people and pets and there are circular features with trees centered in some residential intersections, creating interesting features.
Leschi is home to a park of the same name. Leschi Park is connected to Frink Park and their landscape slopes down to the lake, providing beautiful views of the water. Both parks have interconnected extensive hiking trail systems to explore with your dog. Leschi Park has exotic trees and a rose garden, boat launch, and a playground. There are also tennis courts, drinking water, and restrooms available in the park. Frink Park is a natural wooded hillside and ravine with walking paths to stroll with your pup.
Powell Barnett Park is a recreational park with a playground featuring a castle structure, wading pool, open fields, basketball courts, benches, picnic sites, and restrooms. Walking trails and treed spots make this a pleasant spot to visit with your dog on a local walk.
Flo Ware park is another local green space with playground and basketball courts. This small park also has some paved walking paths and trees to enjoy with your pooch.