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Day Hike - Leaders choice

Leaders choice

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  • Sun, Dec 2, 2007
  • Seattle Singles Activities Committee
  • Day Hiking
  • Singles
8:00 AM at Anacortes Ferry Terminal
. Exploratory. Please ignore "100 hikes in nw Oregon" book in the description -- this is in the San Juan Islands in Washington. Map: USGS Mt. Constitution Elevation Gain (in feet): 2500 (cumulative) Event Length (in miles): 12.5 Land Designation: Moran State Park [Orcas Island] Permits Required: None, although you'll need $$ for the ferry. Book: Loop trip taken from hikes 30, 31, 33, and 35 in Hiking the San Juan Islands (Ken Wilcox) Pace: Changed this to Moderate given http://www.heavens-above.com/sun.asp?lat=48.677577&lng;=-122.831175&alt;=0&loc;=Mount+Constitution&TZ;=PST&Date;=39419 shows it'll hit dark ~4:30 or 5pm, meaning we need an average pace of roughly 2 miles per hour. Meeting Place: Anacortes Ferry Terminal, 8:00AM. Bring $$ for the ferry ride. The plan is to take the 8:50am ferry out of Anacortes to Orcas Island. http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/ferries/info_desk/terminals/index.cfm?terminal_id=1 Trip itinerary: Start out at cascade lake, ascend steeply to hidden ridge, then east to cold spring, and north to the summit of Mt. Constitution, a good place to stop for lunch. From there we'll start out north as we descend and walk southward along the east shore of Mountain Lake. From there we'll head back west amidst old growth, waterfalls, and wind up back at cascade lake. Suggestion: Bring something (leave in car) to munch on for dinner while we wait for the return ferry. Early Sunset Mitigation Strategy: Bring a good flashlight. We'll try to leave one car at the east end of cascade lake and start out at the west end so we can skip the final walk along that lake if it's getting dark. Note that when we get to the top of Mt Constitution we'll re-check timing and choose a shorter (albeit somewhat less interesting) route if necessary. This trip promises to be one of the best trips in the San Juan Islands. If the weather is nice, we'll get fantastic views. If the weather is questionable, we'll still get a lot of great exercise, waterfalls, lakes, some big trees, and island wildlife.
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