Toe Jam Hill

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Toe Jam Hill
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Sign on Toe Jam Hill Road, overlooking Puget Sound
Highest point
Elevation 425 ft (130 m)  NAVD 88 [1]
Prominence 425 ft (130 m) [1]
Coordinates 47°35′03″N122°30′08″W / 47.58417°N 122.50222°W / 47.58417; -122.50222 Coordinates: 47°35′03″N122°30′08″W / 47.58417°N 122.50222°W / 47.58417; -122.50222
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Toe Jam Hill
Topo map USGS Bremerton East

Toe Jam Hill, 425 feet tall, is the high point on Bainbridge Island, Washington and one of the highest points in Kitsap County, Washington. [1] [2] [3]

Its name has several explanations, including that it was named for a local settler with the name Torjam (the explanation given by the local historical society), [4] that it was named for stumbling drunkards, or that existing explanations are "all conjecture". [5] [6]

The hill was once a "villainous" milestone for bicycle riders on the Chilly Hilly season opener sponsored by Seattle's Cascade Bicycle Club, [7] and on the Bainbridge Island Half Marathon, formerly called Toe Jam Hill Half Marathon. [8]

The Bainbridge Island high point's location is reported variously at highpointing websites. gives Gazzam Lake Hill based on USGS topographic maps, which used photographic aerial surveys and stereoplotters. [9] gives Toe Jam Hill at 15 feet higher or more, based on newer high-resolution LIDAR maps. [1]

LIDAR surveys in the 1990s also identified a geologic fault, now named the Toe Jam Hill Fault, north of the hill. It may intersect and may be secondary to the Seattle Fault. [10] [11] It was the first fault discovered by laser imagery. [12]

A city park, Nutes Pond Park (also spelled Nute's Pond), was created on Toe Jam Hill in 2011. [13] [14]

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  2. Bainbridge Island 20-foot contour topographical map (PDF), North Kitsap Trails Association, 2012, retrieved 2014-10-30 – Note: Toe Jam Hill summit is above 420 foot contour (420–440 ft.)
  3. Bainbridge Island 5-foot contour DWG file derived from 1996 Lidar collection, Kitsap County Department of Community Development - GIS Division, retrieved 2014-10-30 – Note: Toe Jam Hill summit is above 425 foot contour (425–430 ft.)
  4. Questions and answers to the Bainbridge Island History Quiz on the banners in the Bainbridge ferry terminal ramp, Bainbridge Island Historical Museum, retrieved 2014-10-30
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  6. "... And Now, the Kitsap Names Quiz", Kitsap Sun, January 1, 2007
  7. Florangela Davila (July 7, 2005), "Cycle-friendly Bainbridge inn is first stop on weekend of ups, downs and sweet scenery", The Seattle Times
  8. "Kitsap briefs: Bainbridge half marathon cancelled", Kitsap Sun, March 2, 2012
  9. John Kirk, "Kitsap County WA peaks list", Lists of John Lists of Peaks, Colorado
  10. Finding faults, Puget Sound Lidar Consortium, August 18, 2003
  11. Yeates, Robert S. (2004), Living with Earthquakes in the Pacific Northwest (PDF) (Second ed.), Oregon State University Press, pp. 119–120, ISBN   0-87071-024-9
  12. Nelson, A. R.; Johnson, S. Y.; Kelsey, H. M.; Wells, R. E.; Sherrod, B. L.; Pezzopane, S. K.; Bradley, L.; Koehler, R. D.; Bucknam, R. C. (November 2003), "Late Holocene earthquakes on the Toe Jam Hill fault, Seattle fault zone, Bainbridge Island, Washington", Geological Society of America Bulletin, 115 (11): 1368–1403, Bibcode:2003GSAB..115.1388N, doi:10.1130/B25262.1 via United States Geological Survey publication warehouse (abstract)
  13. Nutes Pond Park, Bainbridge Island Parks and Facilities, retrieved 2014-10-28
  14. Paul Brians (May 2, 2014), "Bainbridge's Secret Nute's Pond Park Unveiled", Inside Bainbridge (online), Thirty-one acres of woods and wetland at the top of Toe Jam Hill ...