Capitol Hill


Day Hike - The Arboretum, Interlaken Park & Volunteer Park

This is a scenic three loops hike including Washington Park Arboretum , Interlaken Park , and Volunteer Park . The tour includes great views at Union Bay and from the Water Tower Observatory on Capitol Hill summit .

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  • Easy
  • Easy
  • Mileage: 6.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 550 ft
  • Pace: 2.00 mph

We will meet at the Graham Visitors Center , Washington Park Arboretum at 9:00 am . There will be one carpool site at Green Lake Park and Ride lot on 65th under the freeway. I will be there at 8:30 am and can take four hikers in a White Escape. I will be in the  North of 65th lot. Then , we will leave Green Lake for the trail head at 8:45 am . The  hikers driving directly need to take I-5 North to SR 520 from downtown Seattle. Drive .7 mile east and take the first exit (Montlake  Blvd ) . At the light, proceed straight onto Lake Washington Blvd E and drive .6 mile, turning left onto E. Foster Island Road . Continue .1 mile and then turn right onto Arboretum Drive E. Then immediately turn left into a parking area at the Graham Visitors Center . A note of caution to not turn left onto the Entrance to 520 before reaching E. Foster Island Road. There are restrooms  at the Graham Visitors Center and Volunteer Park . 


Capitol Hill

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials

  1. Navigation
  2. Sun protection
  3. Insulation (extra clothing)
  4. Illumination
  5. First aid supplies
  6. Fire
  7. Repair kit and tools, including knife
  8. Nutrition (extra food)
  9. Hydration (extra water)
  10. Emergency shelter
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