Mount Constance/South Chute


Basic Alpine Climb - Mount Constance/South Chute

Not for the faint of heart. 3 mile hike or bike to the trailhead. 3500' gain thru fire remnants on a steep trail to Lake Constance - frequent class 3 scrambling on a no-longer maintained trail. Then the climb is a long day. Other than that, pure pleasure.

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  • Sat, Sep 7, 2019 — Mon, Sep 9, 2019
  • Kitsap Branch Climbing Program
  • Climbing
  • Basic Alpine
  • Adults
  • Technical 3, Strenuous 4, Basic Alpine Climb
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 29.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 6,900 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 7,756 ft
  • Pace: 2 mph

Update: We will meet at the NPS Wilderness Information Center  in Hoodsport, WA at 8:00 am on Saturday, 7 September to pick up the permits. I will be driving from Bremerton so there are options to meet to share more mileage.

We will plan to hike into the Lake Constance trailhead from the washout in Dosewallips River Road. It can be ridden on mountain bikes, but all may not have easy access to a mountain bike you are willing to lock to a tree near the trailhead.

I have a third day factored in so we can have a more enjoyable time of it. It is possible to summit and hike out same day, but that can become sort of a death march and we are in this to enjoy it.

**Reservations are required to camp at Lake Constance. Cost is $8 per night unless you have the annual or permanent interagency pass. $6 reservation fee. I will make a reservation 2 weeks prior to the trip for the number signed up then. People who register later will have to make a separate camping reservation.


Mount Constance/South Chute

  • USGS Mt Deception

    USGS Mt Townsend

    USGS The Brothers

    Green Trails Olympic Mountains East No. 168S

    Trails Illustrated Olympic National Park
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Required Equipment

Required Equipment

  • The Ten Essentials
  • Mountaineering boots that will accept crampons
  • Crampons
  • An ice axe (not technical ice tools)
  • A back pack (40 to 60 liters)
  • Webbing and accessory cords (a few)
  • 2 straight gate carabiners (not 6)
  • 2 locking carabiners
  • Large pear-shaped carabiner
  • Belay device
  • Climbing harness
  • Helmet
  • (Chock Pick not required)
  • Rescue pulley - not required
  • Fleece or puffy jacket
  • Rain jacket and full-zip rain pants
  • Belay gloves
  • Warm gloves or mittens
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