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Old 03-24-10, 12:03 AM   #1
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Seattle's Cobblestones

I'm trying to map out a ride of Seattle's best cobblestone roads in honor of the spring classics. Most of Seattle's cobblestones are one steep hills (does it actually have to do with an inability to pave steep and narrow roads?) so I imagine that the ride will be pretty brutal even if it's not very long.

I know a few of them, but could use some collective wisdom to flesh out my list. Here's what I can think of and was able to confirm on street view:

-Warren ave between Aloha and Ward
-1st ave N also between Aloha and Ward
-Lenora between Western and 1st (as well as most of the streets to the immediate north and south of Lenora on those same blocks)
-Post Ave
-Louisa Street between Eastlake and Boylston
-Ward, Aloha, Valley, Roy, and Mercer between 24th and 23rd streets
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Old 03-24-10, 09:54 PM   #2
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32nd Ave. South between S. Massachusetts and S. Atlantic is a nice little cobblestone climb. It's only a block or so but it makes for a nice topper after coming up through Colman Park from Lake Wa Blvd.
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We're talking "brick" streets, not actual cobblestones, right?

In any case, it's neither brick nor cobblestone, but S. Dearborn Street near the intersection of 33rd Ave S. has very wide and deep grooves (I guess to help with traction). Riding up that street is like riding up bricks.
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Yeah, I suppose brick would be a more accurate way to describe the streets, but I see a bumpy stone street and I immediately think "cobblestone"
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W McGraw St, W Crockett St, W Howe St, W Garfield St, and W Galer St between 10th Ave W and 9th Ave W.
W Lee St between Olympic Way W and 9th Ave W.
W Olympic Pl between 9th Ave W and Olympic Way W.
5th Ave W, 6th Ave W, and 7th Ave W between W Olympic Pl and W Kinnear Pl.
W Blaine St between 8th Ave W and 7th Ave W.
7th Ave W between W Prospect St and W Highland Dr.
5th Ave W between W Prospect St and W Highland Dr.
Pike Pl. between 1st Ave and Virginia St.
Post Alley between 1st Ave and Union St.
Pine St, Stewart St between Pike Pl and 1st Ave.
Virginia St, Lenora St, Blanchard St between Western Ave and 1st Ave.

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196th Avenue NE just east of Redmond (between Union Hill Rd and Highway 202) has a nice stretch of brick road about a mile long. It was part of the first coast-to-coast "highway" that was built about 100 years ago.
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Old 03-26-10, 11:23 PM   #7
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I think there's a difference between brick and cobblestone. Bricks red, rectangular...cobblestones (at least in Seattle) are sand colored, more roundish, lots of irregularities. I see of these on Capital Hill...a lot mentioned already. Also some good cobble sections on the SW side of Queen Anne (9th and Howe, McGraw, Crockett, etc)...nearly all are STEEP!
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SSS beat me to mentioning what feels like the whole of Queen Anne, as can be seen in the photo below. There are also plenty of brick or cobble streets in Eastlake - Edgar is one of them.

http://forrestcroce.com/Images/Tilted-in-Queen-Anne.jpg
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Dang - I just know there must be brick/cobblestone streets somewhere in Ballard and/or Fremont, but for the life of me I can't think of any right now....
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Dang - I just know there must be brick/cobblestone streets somewhere in Ballard and/or Fremont, but for the life of me I can't think of any right now....
Well, I can't think of much but there's about 25 ft of serious cobbles after you go through the walking tunnel at Golden Gardens up towards the rail road tracks. Also, some brick sections on Ballard Ave.
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