Westlake is Seattle’s tiniest neighborhood. Sandwiched between Aurora to the west and Lake Union to the east, this thin strip of land is home to 1,700 people, thanks only to the multifamily dwellings that allow more density in this area. There is everything from apartments to single-family homes and houseboats in a neighborhood that used to be primarily industrial.
Despite its commercial center and location, there are not a lot of amenities here for dogs or their owners. You might find a coffee stand or a place to get a bite to eat, but if you want anything more than that, be prepared to hop in the car to go find it. The nearest pet stores or groomers are a couple of miles either north or south of Westlake.
Weather in Seattle is surprisingly mild and amenable to walking all year around. The winters can be wet, but even then, there are always periods of dry you can use for walking with your pup.
Westlake is a very tiny area and, if you are out for a walk, you can expect to cross over to a different neighborhood. There is limited access across Aurora Avenue, but a footbridge at the midway point of the neighborhood allows you access to Queen Anne Hill.
The roads through those neighborhoods are very hilly, but if you are wanting a good workout, this is the perfect place to go for one. Westlake is only two blocks wide from east to west, but there is a fair amount of distance from north to south. Dexter and Westlake are the two roads running through the neighborhood and since they both go down into downtown Seattle, they are often heavily traveled. There are sidewalks, little cross traffic, and no lights, so it is possible to safely and easily use them for your walking route.
As tiny as Westlake is, it is no surprise that there are no greenways inside its bounds. Even the trail is not a greenway through here, although in other areas, the Lake Union Loop does have grass and trees lining it.
It is nearly impossible to walk across Queen Anne to the greenways on the other side of Aurora, which is a limited access highway through here. There is a bridge, but it forces you to go far out of your way to cross the highway. There is a greenbelt just to the north of Westlake called the Westlake Greenbelt, but it is tiny, and the terrain and traffic make it difficult to access.
The Lake Union Loop comes up to the canal where it intersects with the South Ship Canal Trail. There is a greenway here along this trail which is worth walking to, especially if your pup does not get a lot of green grass on their daily walks.