Park Introduction:

The Mount Baker Ridge Viewpoint is located at 1403 31st Avenue South (see map), in a small neighborhood commercial district directly atop the I-90 tunnel, at the high point of the Mt. Baker Ridge. The Viewpoint offers a wonderful view to the west, taking in the sunset along with downtown, the Olympic Mountains and Elliott Bay. Sunset stones mark the solstices and equinoxes. Enjoy a panoramic view by day, and the sparkling lights of the city by night.
Park Design:

This schematic cross-section shows the metal and concrete platform extending out at grade from the sidewalk. Additional features include an entry structure, benches and basalt seating elements. The park as a whole is conceived of as an instrument, marking the arc of the sun through the seasons including the solstice and equinox, like a contemporary Stonehenge. The design evolved in four community workshops with over 100 people participating. Nate Cormier and Mark Johnson with Jones & Jones Architects and Landscape Architects were the designers.


David Berger
Friends of Mt. Baker Ridge Viewpoint, Chair
Email: davidberger(at)
Phone: 206-722-7193

Patrick Donohue, Construction Manager
Seattle Parks & Recreation
Email: patrick.donohue(at)
Phone: 206-684-9286

To volunteer, contact park steward Ken Valder
Email: ken.valder (at)
Phone: 206.234.5367

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The Viewpoint featured on KING TV's Evening Magazine

Viewpoint Dedicated on Spring Equinox!

After a 10-year community effort in collaboration with Seattle Parks and Seattle Dept. of Neighborhoods, the Viewpoint was dedicated on March 20, 2009. The delight with the park’s sculptural design, the excitement of the large crowd, and the golden hues of the sun setting behind the Olympic Mountains, created an event that will long be remembered in neighborhood lore and history. If you haven’t been by the park you are warmly encouraged to do so!



(Above) Checking out the alignment at the Dedication, in 2009, at the Spring Equinox. Slots in the basalt "sunset stones" and the railing line up to mark the setting of the sun at the Equinox and Solstice, and months inbetween.


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