Ballard Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"A local bumper sticker in the mid-2000s read, “We in Ballard welcome our new condo overlords.” Archie McPhee, a novelty store that later moved to Wallingford (Walk 21), sold the sticker. Archie’s left a neighborhood that had originally developed around fishing, sawmills, and Scandinavian immigrant families.
Having mostly survived the condo onslaught, it’s now a quiet bedroom community, the spiritual home of the Seattle and Alaska fishing fleet, a quaint arts and shopping spot, and a happening nightlife zone. We start with the residential section (with some ethnic shopping and dining), then join a historic cobblestoned main street before ending up in the neighborhood’s more modern main drag."