Capitol Hill


Day Hike - The Arboretum, Interlaken Park & Volunteer Park

This early evening urban adventure brings us through a section of the Olmstead vision for a Puget Sound to Lk Washington series of linked parks. We touch The Arboretum, Interlaken Park and Volunteer Park.

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  • Easy/Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 4.2 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 550 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 520 ft
  • Pace: 2mph

We'll meet at the intersection of East Lynn St and the west edge of the Washington Park Arboretum.  Parking is available on nearby city streets.  Show up shortly before 6pm and we plan to close 8 to 8:30pm.  Larger groups take a little more time!

Early evening hikes in the city call for headlamps and urban variations on the 10 essentials.  No cotton, please, but reflective items add to our safety crossing city streets. Sunset is 5:16 pm, civil twilight a half hour later. Smaller umbrellas are OK, too.

Participants familiar with Seattle's history, architecture, urban horticulture or other insights to our route are welcome to help with the narration.  Pace will adjust to hikers' comfort and fitness level -- this is not a marathon but a reasonable level of fitness is assumed for 4.2 miles with 359 steps up and 243 steps down.  With any luck we'll have terrific views from Volunteer Park.

The Olmstead Vision hike is  from Seattle Stairways Walks and repeats a splendid March 2017 outing. Check out the Seattle Stairways blog here:


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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