Mount Constance/South Chute

Mount Constance's South Chute route is rated Grade II, class 3.


From Hwy 101 on the east side of Hood Canal, drive the Dosewallips River Road for 14.2 miles to the Lake Constance Trailhead.


Hike up trail 2 mi, gaining 3,350 ft, to Lake Constance. Best camping is near the lake (at 4,650 ft).


Follow aptly named Avalanche Canyon north for 0.6 mi from the lake.

Climb east up the broad South Chute, gaining 1,200 ft, to the notch of the low point in the South Ridge. Cross to the east side and traverse north for 200 yards. Ascend a broad scree gully system to obvious notch in a minor east-west ridge. Pass through notch and descend a short distance to a scree or snow ledge. Contour north 0.25 mi, across heather or snow slopes, gullies, and finally a steep cirque. Then, climb an ascending ledge, past a rock outcropping to open slopes just southeast of the summit. The 60 ft high summit block is climbed on the north side.

Time: 7 hr up from lake, 4 hr down.


Descend the climbing route.


Seattle to Trailhead 2.5
Trailhead to Camp 4 4,200
Camp to Summit 7 3,100
Summit to Camp 4
Camp to Trailhead 4


Ice axe and crampons.


Check with rangers for camping quotas and restrictions. Beware of serious early season avalanche exposure in Avalanche Canyon and on the South Chute. A strenuous, interesting, and beautiful alpine climb. A long summit day: Some may want a third day.


  • Dosewallips River Road is washed out 5 1/2 mi before the Dosewallips Ranger Station.

  • Suitable Activities: Climbing
  • Climbing Category: Basic Alpine
  • Seasons: June, July, August, September, October
  • Weather: View weather forecast.
  • Difficulty: Technical 3, Strenuous 4, Basic Alpine Climb
  • Elevation Gain: 7,300 ft
  • 7,743 ft
  • Land Manager: Olympic National Park
    Olympic Wilderness
  • Parking Permit Required: National Park Entrance Fee
  • Recommended Party Size: 12
  • Maximum Party Size: 12
  • USGS Mt Deception
  • USGS Mt Townsend
  • USGS The Brothers
  • Green Trails Olympic Mountains East No. 168S
  • Trails Illustrated Olympic National Park

Upcoming Activities

Basic Alpine Climb - Mount Constance/South Chute

Climbing Trip
Three day climb of Mount Constance /South Chute
Difficulty: Technical 3, Strenuous 4, Basic Alpine Climb
Fri, Aug 2, 2019 - Sun, Aug 4, 2019
Prerequisites, Leader's Permission Required
1 participant 0 leaders
Registration closes Jul 31
Everett Branch
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