Capitol Hill, Washington

Prominence: 325 ft, 99 m

Elevation: 455+ feet, 139+ meters

Approx. Isolation: 1.91 mi, 3.07 km
Elevation Info:Elevation range: 455 - 460 ft
    (5-foot closed contour)
NAVD88 Elevation: 459 ft / 140 m
    (Range 459 - 464 ft)
Peak TypeHill
Latitude/Longitude (WGS84)47° 37' 41'' N; 122° 18' 51'' W
47.628056, -122.314186 (Dec Deg)
551525E 5275189N Zone 10 (UTM)
CountryUnited States
County/Second Level RegionKing

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Selected Trip Reports from this site:
     1995-03-25 by Greg Slayden
     2006-04 by Jan Peter Eklund
     2011-01-09 by Eric Noel
     2011-01-11 by Ryan Courtney
     2011-10-12 by Ryan Courtney
     2012-03-05 by ChadL Painter
     2012-07-18 by James E. Tetazoo, III
     2014-06-01 by James Barlow
     2015-07-02 by Andrew Rankine
     2015-08-09 by Nate B

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The brick observation tower in Volunteer Park, build as a shell over a water tower, is now clearly the highest ground on the largely flat summit area of Capitol Hill in Seattle. A staircase leads to an observation area on top, and boulderers enjoy climbing on the lower sides of the brick walls.

According to the 5-foot contours on the King County GIS iMap website, the highest point on Capitol Hill is just south of Volunteer Park and the observation tower. There are two square-shaped 455-foot contours on the west side of the two blocks bounded by 14th, 15th, Prospect, and Aloha. These areas are almost entirely on private property (residences).

That said, all the land in this vicinity is altered by man over the course of the past century or more, so there is no natural ground left. And the area is largely flat. It is hard to deny as ascent of Capitol Hill to anyone who has been to the tower. When walking south on 14th Avenue and east on Ward, there does not appear to be any higher ground than the earth built up around the tower base.

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ProminenceKey Col Page  (Detailed prominence information)
  Clean Prominence: 325 ft/99 m
  Optimistic Prominence: 335 ft/101 m
  Line Parent: Queen Anne Hill
  Key Col: Pike between 4th & 5th    130 ft/40 m
Isolation1.91 mi/3.07 km
Nearest Higher Neighbor in the PBC database:
    Queen Anne Hill  (W)
Isolation distance is based on NHN and is slightly overstated.
RangesContinent: North America
Range2: Pacific Ranges
Range3: Cascade Range
Range4: South Washington Cascades
Range5: Alpine Lakes Area
Range6: Seattle-Everett Area
Drainage Basins
Lake Washington
Puget Sound
Pacific Ocean
Minor Streams of Western Washington
Puget Sound
Pacific Ocean
OwnershipLand: Volunteer Park
Topo MapSeattle North K47122f3 1:25,000
Route #1 Paved Road

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