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Moran State Park - Mount Constitution via Mountain Lake

Puget Sound and Islands

Location

Puget Sound and Islands -- San Juan Islands
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Length

6.7 miles, roundtrip

Elevation

Gain: 1500 ft.
Highest Point: 2410 ft.

Rating

4.27 out of 5

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WTA worked here: 2020
 

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Begin this loop hike at Mountain Lake. Begin near the group camp and head up the trail toward Little Summit and Summit Lake. The trail doesn't waste much time, and you'll soon begin climbing. At the trail junction at just after a mile, you can continue forward or, if you'd like to add a short side trip, head up to Little Summit before coming back and resuming your trip. 

Continue up and soon begin to get some views. At the junction with a trail that comes from Cold Springs, continue straight. Pass by the outlet of Summit Lake and then continue along the ridge before reaching the top of Mount Constitution. You can also drive to this location, so you'll probably have company. Take your time taking in all the views and be sure to climb up the tower. When you're ready, continue your trip from the parking lot by finding the trail to Twin Lakes. 

Descend quickly. When you reach a junction on your left, you can take a detour to Twin Lakes or continue on the main trail. When you reach the north end of Mountain Lake, keep to your right and follow the trail back to where you started.  

 

Moran State Park - Mount Constitution via Mountain Lake

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 48.6569, -122.8180 Open map in new window

Trailhead

Puget Sound and Islands -- San Juan Islands

Washington State Parks

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Guidebooks & Maps

Day Hiking: North Cascades (Romano - Mountaineers Books)

Washington State Parks (Marge & Ted Mueller - Mountaineers Books)

Washington Hiking (Scott Leonard - Foghorn Outdoors)

Hiking Guide to Washington Geology (Carson & Babcock - Keokee) p. 86-88

USGS Mount Constitution

park map from entrance kiosk

Getting There

From the Orcas Island ferry terminal, head north on Orcas Road. After just over 8 miles, turn right on Main Street, which becomes Crescent Beach Drive. At a four-way intersection, turn right onto Olga Road. Follow this road and, after passing by the park entrance, veer left onto Mount Constitution Road. At the next Y in the road, keep right and drive to the trailhead. 

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Moran State Park - Mount Constitution via Mountain Lake

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