Ascent of Capitol Hill on 2014-06-01

Climber: James Barlow

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Sunday, June 1, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Capitol Hill
    Elevation:455 ft / 138 m

Ascent Trip Report

I overslept after a pretty long week and a few late nights followed by early wake up times. So, not wanting to waste a rare sunny day in Washington and figuring that I was skunked for a real peak in the mountains (coupled with driving fatigue), I went around Seattle on my road bicycle junk collecting. And by junk, I mean silly hills. Initially I was thinking of a herculean dayhike of Goat (P2k) out near Cle Elum. When I rolled out of bed at 8:45, I realized that this would not happen. I waited until the afternoon to head out and enjoy the sunshine.

First up was Queen Anne Hill, my backyard bump. This is the second time I went up it on my bicycle. The purpose of this quick run was to head up to the Queen Anne library to pick up 2 items that I had on hold. So, I brought a small backpack and made the quick 1 mile ride up to the library, then a mile back to my apartment to drop off the backpack and books. I then headed out to the Elliott Bay Trail, making my way north through the Interbay area to the canal, turning east along the canal trail and across the Fremont Bridge to the Burke-Gilman Trail. The Burke-Gilman Trail is currently under construction through the University of Washington, though the detours are a really nice way to explore the campus. I made my way south to the bridge across to Montlake Terrace and then west to take the road through Interlaken Park. For Seattle cyclists, if you have the opportunity to go through Interlaken Park, do it. No traffic and not even any other cyclists. Very peaceful through the woods. When I hit Galer at the south end of the park, I headed west to get to the top of Capitol Hill. I meandered around Capitol Hill for a bit before heading for First Hill.

First Hill was underwhelming, not that Queen Anne Hill or Capitol Hill are that great. After First Hill I made my way north to Seneca Street to cross I-5 at Freeway Park. 2 bums were yelling at each other near here - it was nice to take in the local flavor... I then headed down past Pike Place Market on to Western Ave, making the short detour up Virginia Street to Denny Hill, then back down past Olympic Sculpture Park and on to the Elliott Bay Trail to head back to my apartment. It was a great day out exploring both the popular bike paths and some off the beaten path locations.

Total mileage was just under 25 miles.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:445 ft / 135 m
    Gear Used:
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:445 ft / 135 m
    Route:Seattle cycle exploration
    Start Trailhead:10 ft / 3 m
Descent Statistics
Ascent Part of Trip: Seattle Biking 6/14

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Queen Anne Hill2014-06-01 a415 ft / 126 m
2Capitol Hill2014-06-01 b445 ft / 136 m
3First Hill2014-06-01 c65 ft / 20 m
4Denny Hill2014-06-01 d85 ft / 26 m
Total Trip Gain: 1010 ft / 308 m

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