Capitol Hill is a densely populated, vibrant neighborhood that is home to fun commercial areas and high-end homes. One can put together an enjoyable neighborhood run. Nearly all of the streets have good sidewalks. And this is a great place to do some hills! It’s about 1 mile between Volunteer Park and Cal Anderson Park. Running highlights in the neighborhood:
- Fun commercial streets: Broadway, E. Pike Street, E. Pine Street, Broadway, 15th Avenue, and E. Olive Way. The area between Pike and Pine street from Boren Avenue through 15th Street
- Swank residential streets: Millionaire’s Row” along 14th Avenue E. south of Volunteer Park and the Harvard-Belmont Landmark District (west slope of Capitol Hill), notable for Victorian, neoclassical, neo-Georgian, and Colonial homes.
- Hills. Highest point is Volunteer Park. But there are roads with some 19-21% grades. According to Wikipedia: 21% on E. Roy Street between 25th and 26th Avenues E. (eastern slope), 19% on E. Boston Street between Harvard Avenue E. and Broadway E. (western slope) and on E. Ward Street between 25th and 26th Avenues E. (eastern slope), and 18% on E. Highland Drive between 24th and 25th Avenues E. (eastern slope), on E. Lee Street between 24th and 25th Avenues E. (eastern slope), and on E. Roy Street between Melrose and Bellevue Avenues E. (western slope).
PRO TIP: The cherry blossoms come out in spring, usually peaking in late March.