Mountain Lake - Mount Constitution Loop - Orcas Island

Rosario, Washington

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A strenuous, 7-mile loop that climbs past lakes to the glorious summit of Mount Constitution, along its airy ridgetop, and back to Mountain Lake. In contrast to the easy strolls you’ll find in other parts of Moran State Park, this hike will give you a good workout, along with a sampling of the park’s lakes, streams, and glorious views from the summit of Mount Constitution. While large sections of the route are level, you’ll also have to contend with a steep climb of nearly 1,500 feet to the summit, making this one of the more strenuous trails in the park. Sure, you can drive to the top, but sometimes views earned by getting there on foot are just that much more satisfying.
San Juan Islands: A Guide to Exploring the Great Outdoors

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San Juan Islands: A Guide to Exploring the Great Outdoors

by Dave Wortmand (Falcon Guides)

A strenuous, 7-mile loop that climbs past lakes to the glorious summit of Mount Constitution, along its airy ridgetop, and back to Mountain Lake. In contrast to the easy strolls you’ll find in other parts of Moran State Park, this hike will give you a good workout, along with a sampling of the park’s lakes, streams, and glorious views from the summit of Mount Constitution.

While large sections of the route are level, you’ll also have to contend with a steep climb of nearly 1,500 feet to the summit, making this one of the more strenuous trails in the park. Sure, you can drive to the top, but sometimes views earned by getting there on foot are just that much more satisfying.

© 2005 Dave Wortmand/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Rosario
Distance: 7
Elevation Gain: 1,500 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: Approximately 4 hours
Season: Best spring through fall
Local Contacts: Moran State Park
Driving Directions: Directions to Mountain Lake - Mount Constitution Loop - Orcas Island

Recent Trail Reviews

8/18/2009
0

Hiked the loop counterclockwise - from Mountain Lake up to Twin Lakes, then up the east side of Mt. Constitution, down the ridge toward Little Summit, and back down to the Mountain Lake trailhead. That's the way I'd recommend it - the trail up the east side is steep, but pretty smooth. The drop from Little Summit back down to Mountain Lake is a much rougher rock-and-root scramble, so I'm glad we didn't go up that way. Interesting to see how many trees are down along the ridge, especially near the junction with the Cold Springs trail. Some areas, seemed like more trees on the ground than standing. Asked a ranger and was told it's primarily storm damage, as they get some pretty high winds in the winter. Overall great hike and superb views.


8/19/2008
0

Beautiful Day, View, and Trail perfection. My oldest son and I went summitted on 11/4 approaching from West and decending on east side of Mt. Constitution to Mountain Lake. Next time we will camp and make a weekend of it.


4/28/2008
0

Great weekend to go up, the weather was awesome for late april in the sound. We started on the trail head on the south east corner of the lake and went north from there. The only trouble that we ran into was the sign going up to twin lakes isnt facing the direction we came up, so instead of going right (up to twin) we ended up going left for a ways and had to back track to the junction. Great hike if you have your legs about you when you get up to the summit. Well worth it compared to driving up.



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