Named after the long ridge that runs through north Seattle, the neighborhood encompasses the end of the ridge to the south. The area is a hub of culture, but is also known for attracting many tourists attracted to the Woodland Park and Zoo as well as Green Lake that is situated just east of Phinney Ridge.
The area is unusually rich in pet stores and you will likely find a good assortment of specialty boutiques within close distance to your walking routes. There is even a dog wash you can stop by to give your pup a good scrub. Coffee stands, drive ins, and food trucks all stand side by side with each other.
Seattle weather makes this a good place to be outdoors. Known for its rain, Seattle only really gets about 39 inches of rain a year which is not nearly as much as other places. The temperatures only rarely hit extremes, so enjoy the mild climate in this eclectic neighborhood.
Phinney Ridge, as you might expect, provides lots of hills in this area. The secret about living on a ridge though is that if you walk from north to south, you can avoid a lot of the hills. This only works in some areas. A lot of the hills going through this neighborhood can be quite challenging, so keep that in mind when planning your walk.
The neighborhood is very old and the roads and sidewalks are not always in the best of repair. In addition, after rain, expect a lot of mud puddles in low lying areas which collect a lot of runoff from the higher areas.
There are a lot of very busy roads in the area to be mindful of. On the east side is Aurora which is the busiest road other than the interstate. There are ways to cross the road, including a pedestrian bridge, and it is strongly advised that you use it when possible.
While Phinney Ridge does not have much in the way of green spaces of its own, it is situated off of two of the most popular spaces in the city. Woodland Park is a very large park with plenty of trails and places to walk your dog. An abundance of grass and trees make this area a paradise for your pup. The park also has a dog run where your pup can run to their heart's delight.
Right next to the park is Green Lake which has long been one of the most popular spots in the city for walkers. There is a 2.8-mile track that runs around the entire lake. This trail is extremely popular and can get quite crowded. Make sure your pup is ok with bikes, joggers, and people on roller blades before you take them out. You can also get out there early or during the week when it is not quite so crowded.