Mount Constance/South Chute

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

DRIVING DIRECTIONS

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

APPROACH

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

ASCENT ROUTE

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.

DESCENT ROUTE

Descend the climbing route.

TRIP PROFILE

SEGMENTTIME (HOURS)ELEVATION GAIN (FEET)
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

EQUIPMENT

Ice axe and crampons.

NOTES

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.

IMPORTANT NOTES TO LEADERS

  • 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
Map
  • 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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Basic Alpine Climb - Mount Constance/South Chute

Climbing Trip
3 day trip. See leader notes
Difficulty: Technical 3, Strenuous 4, Basic Alpine Climb
Thu, Jun 21, 2018 - Sat, Jun 23, 2018
Prerequisites, Leader's Permission Required
2 participants on waitlist 0 leaders
Registration closed Jun 19
Seattle Branch
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