The beautiful residential streets are highly walkable with beautiful homes and properties while nearby parks and the waterfront are attractive walking destinations.
The weather in Seattle and the Montlake neighborhood is rainy for much of the year with cool, wet winters and plenty of precipitation during transitional seasons. Rain gear and an umbrella will help you stay dry while walking with your dog in the region. Watch for icy conditions in winter if the temperature drops around the freezing mark which can make walking conditions hazardous. Summer months are much warmer and drier and extreme heat and storms are rare, so pedestrians and their pets can enjoy treks during the warmer season.
The neighborhood is well landscaped with beautiful gardens and trees. Sidewalks have grassy boulevards and there are circular features at some residential intersections with grass areas, gardens, and trees planted, adding interesting features to the streetscape. The University of Washington lies across the water and a bridge connecting Montlake to the institution brings traffic, sometimes heavy, through the area which can be an issue for pedestrians and pets.
The freeway running east-west through the north end of the community separates the northernmost area and creates an impediment to on foot travel. The freeway has pedestrian access across it at Montlake Boulevard. The terrain is relatively level with some lines, but no steep hills to negotiate.
Interlaken Park is located on the west side of Montlake. This beautiful wooded natural area is known for its path and trail system which is popular with cyclists, joggers, pedestrians, and dog walkers. The eastern side of Montlake is home to the Washington Parks Arboretum. This park features lovely flower gardens including a Japanese garden and trails over local waterways and through the grounds.
On the north side, the West Montlake Park is the location of the Seattle Yacht Club and the Lake Washington Ship Waterside Trail which runs along the Montlake Cut can be accessed here. This trail features beautiful views of the waterway and connects to the Arboretum Waterfront Trail, a scenic 1.2-mile trail running through East Montlake Park. The 520 Greenway Trail also runs through the area. These trails provide ample hiking opportunities for residents and their canine companions to venture through.