The Best View of Seattle You Never Saw

Mt. Baker Ridge Viewpoint: Canon 5D Mark II, Canon 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS

When I think of the best Seattle viewpoints, places such as Kerry Park, Alki Beach, and Rizal Bridge come to mind.  Until yesterday, I had never heard of the Mt. Baker Ridge Viewpoint.  It is located at 1403 31st Avenue South, 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 perspective of downtown, the Olympics and Puget sound.  I visited the viewpoint last night and this morning.  The photograph is from this morning.  It is a 7-shot stitched panorama (with the camera in portrait orientation).  The final image is a whopping 114 Megapixel file with detail and sharpness than could give you a corneal laceration if you look too closely.  Please click on the opening image to see a larger version.  I promise it’ll be worth your while.  Below are a couple of thumbnail links to 100% crops.  Click on them to see the original sizes (slightly degraded by JPEG compression artifact).  BTW, did you notice the peek-a-boo view of the Space Needle?

  • Evan
    January 31, 2011


  • Kalpana
    January 31, 2011

    Mahesh, awesome picture. I will have to go visit this viewpoint. Thanks for sharing.

  • Conrad
    January 31, 2011

    Wow…. that’s stunning!

  • Deborah
    January 31, 2011

    Lovely photo! I like that this view offers the city core in context of it’s environment. You may also like to try the view from atop Juanita Hill–would love to see what you do with it

  • Richard
    January 31, 2011

    Hey, nice pano. Hopefully I get to Seattle sometime in the next couple years. I’ve been liking your photos since I started visiting your website a few weeks ago. Keep up the good work.

  • Mahesh
    February 1, 2011

    Thanks for the comments, everyone! Deb, I’ll have to do some research about Juanita Hill. Sounds like fun! 🙂

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