Advanced CHS 2 Hike

Field trip: Advanced Conditioning Hiking Series

Advanced CHS 2 Hike - Mount Constitution

INCLUDES COLD SPRINGS LOOP, Advanced CHS hike led at a CHS 2 pace (2.0-3.0 mph)

  • Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 11.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 2,900 ft

We will meet 5:20am on Saturday at the Green Lake Park and Ride North Lot.  We are planning on catching the 7:30am Anacortes ferry to Orcas Island.  We should be at the trailhead in Moran State Part on the Northeast side of Cascade Lake by 9:15am.

This hike has a little bit of everything.  We will start the trek going up switchbacks thru a little bit of old growth cedar and fir the first 2.3 miles where we junction with the North Trail.  We will continue straight ahead to the Cold Springs Gazebo.  Plan on stopping here for a few minutes to see the remnants of the Cold Spring before continuing on the trail towards the Mt Constitution Observation Tower.  We should have stunning views from here, weather permitting.  Plan on having lunch at the summit so we can soak up the scenery.  After lunch, we will continue our hike on the North Trail.  This trail winds thru beautiful old growth firs and cedars and junctions with the Cold Springs trail.  We will then proceed down the hill to the trailhead and thus complete this lollipop loop.

The plan is to catch the 5:15pm ferry back to Anacortes so we will hike at 2 plus mile per hour pace.  We will stop for a bite to eat in Anacortes or Mt Vernon.  

Drivers need to bring a Discover Pass as we will park the cars in Moran State Park.


Moran State Park

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

Ten Essential Systems

  1. Navigation (map & compass)
  2. Sun protection (sunglasses & sunscreen)
  3. Insulation (extra clothing)
  4. Illumination (headlamp/flashlight)
  5. First-aid supplies
  6. Fire (waterproof matches/lighter/candle)
  7. Repair kit and tools
  8. Nutrition (extra food)
  9. Hydration (extra water)
  10. Emergency shelter (tent/plastic tube tent/garbage bag)
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