Yesler Swamp

When Lena and I met in college we were both single moms and extremely thankful for family housing that the University of Washington offered (at slightly below market prices). I lived at Sandpoint (the old housing isn’t there any longer; it’s been replaced by newer, shinier apartments) and Lena lived in Laurel Village, pretty much across the street from the Center for Urban Horticulture.

Lena (l), with Delilah and me

On my recent visit to Seattle, we just happened to be in the area, so we decided to take Delilah on a little walk around Lena’s old neighborhood.


Right next to the Center for Urban Horticulture is the Yesler Swamp. Technically it’s a botanical garden belonging to the University of Washington, but it’s really a swamp.



It’s lovely and desolate this time of the year. A very nice urban “hike”. It’s short, but I recommend it.

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(Strava satellite looking confused… Like we’re walking in the swamp.)

  • This Urban Hike: 0.7 km (0.4 miles)
  • YTD Urban Hiking Km: 7.2

3 thoughts on “Yesler Swamp

  1. I am so glad you found this wonderful urban amenity — I have written about it on my blog, as well. Volunteers worked very hard on securing grant funding, as well as actually digging in the dirt themselves, to create the walking trails and planting areas. Students from the University of Washington horticultural study department will continue to observe the plantings to see what takes hold and what doesn’t, and replace invasive plants with native plants.

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