Capitol Hill


Day Hike - Volunteer Park & Capitol Hill

Night hike Capitol Hill with a stairway down/up to Lake Union. This is an enhanced Seattle Walks #13 (Williams 2017). Explore the Grand Army of the Republic Cemetery.

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  • Easy
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 4.1 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,000 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 413 ft
  • Pace: 2.2

Meet just outside the Louisa Boren Park, 15th Ave E and E Garfield Street shortly before 6pm.

This is another hike in the urban adventure series exploring Seattle and environs by night. We'll explore the old "Woodsworth tract," purchased by a Mexican American War veteran in 1900.  Elegant homes and an historic district on Capitol Hill color the way.  Headlamps should help us find a notable headstone in the Grand Army of the Republic Cemetery and the Howe and Blaine Stairs will take us down to Lk Union and back up to the unique Streisguth Gardens.  We explore south as far as Mercer, returning north to Volunteer Park with a climb up the Water Tower.


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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