South of Northgate and running along Interstate 5 is the neighborhood of Maple Leaf. This neighborhood is ideally situated for commuters and offers a small town feel despite being in the midst of town. The neighborhood consists mainly of single-family homes and quiet streets, but the majority of traffic and retail businesses cluster around Roosevelt Way, 5th Avenue, and 80th Street.
You will find pet stores, vets, and groomers within the Maple Leaf community as well as along many of the surrounding borders. Coffee shops and convenience stores are readily accessible for dog parents in need of a drink.
The weather in Seattle can get a little wet and windy from time to time, but there are plenty of breaks that are perfect for a quick walk. Extreme temperatures and snow are quite rare and should not interfere with your ability to get out and walk your dog on a regular basis.
The neighborhood encompasses a hill and, because of that, large portions of the neighborhood are quite hilly. Because the hill is much like a ridge, walking north to south will eliminate a lot of the hills. Walking east to west, you will encounter steep elevation changes that could pose a bit of a problem for anyone with health issues and could make walking difficult for beginners.
Most of the roads in the area have sidewalks with grassy shoulders that allow you and Fido to walk safely. Some of the streets have trees which offers shade in the summer. There are a number of busy roads crossing through the neighborhood. With the absence of stop lights, this can make the area difficult to navigate. There are some crosswalks in the busier areas and, if you try to walk at a time that is not during commute times, you will find getting around a bit easier.
Two smaller parks and one larger one make up the greenways in Maple Leaf. To the north, you will find Northgate Park which is a 1.67-acre park with trees and grass. This space is not big enough for walking, but is definitely a nice place to stop for a bit of shade and green grass.
The Beaver Pond Natural Area is a nice, quiet wooded area where people take their dogs for walks along the Thornton Creek and Roosevelt Way. The largest park in the neighborhood is the Maple Leaf Reservoir Park a 16-acre park complete with walking paths and lots of grass for Fido.
The south end of Maple Leaf is also just a couple of blocks away from Green Lake which has a 2.8-mile path around the lake with ample grass and trees to enjoy. Green Lake has long been a destination in north Seattle for walkers, joggers, and more.