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Washington Backcountry Trails

Constance Lake in the morning


Constance Lake

Constance Lake

Definition of terms below
Location: Olympic National Park
Directions: Head out US 101 north, turn west on Dosewallips River Road go to the gate and park.
Difficulty: Strenuous
Elevation +/- 3300 ft elevation gain
Distance: 4 Miles Roundtrip
Rating: 8 out of 10 
Fishing: Great
Scenery: Awesome
Map: Printable Topo Map


Lake Constance is worth a weekend visit. The trail is a bit of a struggle. We did this in the winter as a night hike.

We got to the trailhead at about 10pm, downed a Whopper and a beer a piece and put on the head lamps. I had read this trail was steep but that is an understatement! you don't do all that much hiking it is mostly pulling yourself up by hand on the roots of the enormous trees The trail is probably tough during the day but I guess by hiking it at night we could not really see how steep it was.

We hiked most of the way that night, then we found a "flat" spot of the side of a cliff to pitch the tent. We hit 12 inches plus of fresh snow when hit the creek. This added a little extra difficulty, because now you could not see the trail. As we summitted the mountain to the lake we were hiking in about 30 inches of snow.

Huh, go figure we had the lake to ourselves. The area was breathe takingly beautiful.

The evening was bitterly cold, everything froze--our boots, the water for breakfast and the tent had a thick layer of ice inside from our breathing. The propane/butane stove was too cold to work, this was the last trip that I have taken my Peak 1 propane/butane stove on in the winter. The sun came out enough to warm our chilled bones and we managed to warm the fuel canister for the stove to make some hot chocolate. 

Fishing-- It was great. There are a bunch of fish. I used my all time favorite the brown Vibrax Roostertail. The three of us caught a mess of fish, we let them all go. 

 Do it again? Probably not, unless I have someone tell me that the trails in Washington are too easy for them.

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An Evening on Mt Constance

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