Lake Constance Trail

You’ll think you are in the middle of Alaska when you finally arrive at this sweet subalpine lake as you enter the southwest side of a hidden valley holding fragile Lake Constance between encroaching peaks. Plan to cross a talus slope to reach the campsites on the north, but that’s the easy part. The main trail up to the lake is steep, and in one area, you’ll need to scale a wall in a narrow draw that is described as, “steep but not exposed,” using hand-smoothed tree roots.
Lake Constance.  Photo courtesy of WA Trails Association

Lake Constance. Photo courtesy of WA Trails Association

Expect some rock scrambling, and lots of adventure in this 11-mile round-trip hike (not counting the five-mile trip from the washout). Experienced hikers consider this trail a feather in their Olympic National Park caps. You might want to carry rather light packs for this one. Recover your strength beside this enchanting emerald-green lake, but then, the trip back will be downhill, won’t it? Drive the Dosewallips River to the wash-out, then hike five miles to the trail head. The staging towns for this hike are BrinnonQuilcenePort Ludlow, and Port HadlockRead more about the lodgings, B&Bs, and campsites in this region here. Check out fun things to do, camping, kayaking, boating, scuba diving, and more at For trail conditions or more information from the National Park Service, visit:
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See all "Top 5 Adventures on the Olympic Peninsula": 1. South Coast Wilderness Trail Hike 2. Hoh Glacier Meadows Hike 3. Hoh River Fishing Adventure 4. Lake Constance Trail 5. Marmot Pass Hike, Trail #833.1

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