Lake Constance, Olympic National Park, June 21, 2001 page 1 / 9
For some time now, I thought that I would like to climb up to see Lake Constance. The trailhead begins about one mile prior to the Dosewalips Ranger Station. A sign at the trailhead warns hikers that the path is steep and unmaintained, gaining roughly 3400 feet in just over 2 miles. For this reason, I've delayed this trip year after year. This year I found myself with time to attempt this climb.
I headed up solo, with a light pack filled with lots of water and a bunch of trail food. The hike is in second growth forest, primarily along Constance Creek which originates at the lake. While it is steep, it is quite peaceful and has a brief flat area about halfway up the hill.
The lake sits at the bottom of Avalanche Valley. The valley is oriented north-south with the Mt Constance massif on the east side. The ridges on each side of the valley are quite dramatic and awesome. Take a look for yourself at several of the photos I took while there.