Cold Springs - Mount Constitution Loop - Orcas Island

Rosario Washington Hikes

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A traverse through grand forests high on the north slopes of Mount Constitution, crossing over the summit and down along its scenic ridgetop. This “high route” circumnavigates the upper slopes of Mount Constitution, climbing the summit ridge. And while it doesn’t offer the same up-close lake views as the loop from Mountain Lake, you’ll find fewer ups and downs on this trail, starting high at the Cold Springs trailhead and passing through forest much of the way. It’s generally less frequently used, leaving you to wander quietly past the cathedral-like trees on the north slopes of Mount Constitution.
A FalconGuide to the San Juan Islands

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A FalconGuide to the San Juan Islands

by Dave Wortmand (Falcon Publishing)

A traverse through grand forests high on the north slopes of Mount Constitution, crossing over the summit and down along its scenic ridgetop. This “high route” circumnavigates the upper slopes of Mount Constitution, climbing the summit ridge. And while it doesn’t offer the same up-close lake views as the loop from Mountain Lake, you’ll find fewer ups and downs on this trail, starting high at the Cold Springs trailhead and passing through forest much of the way. It’s generally less frequently used, leaving you to wander quietly past the cathedral-like trees on the north slopes of Mount Constitution.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Rosario
Length: 5
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Strenuous due to steep terrain
Duration: Approximately 3 hours
Season: Best spring through fall
Local Contacts: Moran State Park
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Recent Trail Reviews

8/13/2009

This is such a beautiful trail! The hike starts on the Cold Springs Trail, continues to the North Trail, lastly Little Summit Trail. This is a total of 10.3 miles for the hike up. The trail was rated difficult to challenging, but if you prepare well it's well worth it.(light weight- high protein food, water, good shoes and socks, and of course lots of stretching before and after) As far as the hike down there are a few options, choose according to where your campsite is. I would suggest getting a map at the ranger station to follow the trail up and to choose one for the hike down. There were many different layers of the mountain each had adapted to it's elevation and position. One layer is this incredible aftermath of a windstorm from 1972. Uprooted trees with roots twice my height! It is one of the most surreal experiences I've had. I would also start in the late morning so you have most of the day. Bring a camera!

8/19/2008

Incredible old growth trees with forest changing as you gain elevation to the 2,400' summit. Veiws and outlooks were incredible. Found geocache at summit and had a great lunch veiwing the San Juans to the West.

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