Capitol Hill, Washington

Prominence: 334 ft, 102 m

Elevation: 462+ feet, 141+ meters

True Isolation: 1.86 mi, 3 km
Elevation Info:Elevation range: 462 - 464 ft
    (2-foot closed contour)
NAVD88 Elevation: 466 ft / 142 m
    (Range 466 - 468 ft)
Peak TypeHill
Latitude/Longitude (WGS84)47° 37' 44'' N, 122° 18' 52'' W
47.628854, -122.314529 (Dec Deg)
551499 E 5275278 N, Zone 10 (UTM)
CountryUnited States
County/Second Level RegionKing

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Ascent Info

Total ascents/attempts logged by registered users: 159
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Selected Trip Reports:
     0000 by Fred Beavon
     1966 by Gordon Jacobs
     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 Chad Painter
     2012-07-18 by James E. Tetazoo, III
     2013-07-19 by Kyle Bretherton
     2014 by Jake Robinson
     2014-06-01 by James Barlow
     2015-07-02 by Andrew Rankine
     2015-08-09 by Nate B
     2016-09-13 by William Musser
     2018-06-12 by Will Thomas
     2018-10-20 by Jason Santos
     2019-07-20 by Samuel Tellier
     2020-01-01 by Turner Bluechel
     2020-01-19 by Rich P
     2020-03-31 by Nicholas D’Ambrosio
     2020-04-10 by Lance Biggers
     2020-04-12 by Honorio Valdes (GPS Track)
     2020-04-19 by Dustin Wittmier
     2020-04-24 by Jeremy Fuerst
     2020-05-10 by Ryan Stoddard
     2021-02-13 by Fabien Le Gallo (GPS Track)

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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: 334 ft/102 m
  Optimistic Prominence: 338 ft/102 m
  Line Parent: Queen Anne Hill
  Key Col: Pike between 4th & 5th    128 ft/39 m
IsolationIsolation Page  (Detailed isolation information)
   Distance: 1.86 mi/3 km
   Isolation Limit Point: 47.6317, -122.3542
Nearest Higher Neighbor in the PBC database:
    Queen Anne Hill  (W)
RangesContinent: North America
Range2: Pacific Ranges
Range3: Cascade Range
Range4: South Washington Cascades
Range5: Alpine Lakes Area
Range6: Seattle-Everett Area
Drainage Basins
Puget Sound
Strait of Juan de Fuca
Pacific Ocean

Lake Washington
Puget Sound
Strait of Juan de Fuca
Pacific Ocean
OwnershipLand: Volunteer Park
Topo MapSeattle North K47122f3 1:25,000
Route #1 Paved Road
Data SourceGPS Reading or LIDAR

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