Cloudy, cool day. We had done Mt Lake loop several times before so wanted something new and added the Twin Lakes extension including the loops around both. Parked at the second small lot closer to the Twin Lakes end of Mt Lake. So many great views of each of the three lakes. Just above the larger Twin Lake encountered the private property of the YMCA which also should be accessible via Raccoon Point road and it's connecting roads. We respected the private property and turned back. Overall the trails were very well maintained with excellent signage. Encountered a number of other hikers around Mt Lake but only few on the trail to and around Twin Lakes. Although rated moderate difficulty, I would rate it easy and recommend for anyone preferring a beautiful hike away from crowds.
We combined this hike with the add on loop to cascade falls. Very nice views and changing terrain. Steep in sections and the stated elevation gain is misleading as the ups and downs are near constant. We started and ended at day use beach, great views of lake all around the loop.
Robyn E. on Mount Constitution Loop Trail
Absolutely beautiful. The mountain kicked my ass but it was totally worth it.
Very nice trail. I actually combined a few different trails into one hike. Started out at the Northend Campground across from the swimming area, following the signs for Cascade Lake Trail. From there found the trail head for Cascade Falls. First waterfall was small but pretty. Continued on to Cascade Falls, which was larger and very pretty as well. Continuing on, came upon a sign for Sunrise Rock. Short but steady climb to the top for a very nice view of the lake below. It was a hot day and there was almost no one on the trails, but the trails themselves were cool and shaded for the most part. In all hiked close to 5 miles.
Hiked here in December, and the road to the top of Mt. Constitution was closed due to icy and snowy roads. We did our mileage at the lower elevations and had a beautiful and peaceful hike. Summer is the peak season, but for contrarians, the fall and winter months are very pleasant too.
09/21/2014 (Sunday) - We've been coming here to camp for the last 20 years. This lake is idyllic, especially in the early morning. The hike is simple and the trail is beautifully maintained. There is a short stretch on the east side where you have to walk along the road that runs next to the lake edge. Not a big deal. I'll post some photos.
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09/21/2014 (Sunday) - We did a variation of this trail and started at the south campground on Cascade Lake. From there we hiked to the Cascade Falls, Mountain Lake, and Twin Lakes before making our ascent to the top of Mt Constitution. The trail is well maintained the entire way, and very easy until the last leg up to the top. Then, it's nothing but switchbacks and a killer incline. Definitely worth the trip.
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The Mt. Constitution trail is very pretty but tough. We knew what the elevation gain was going to be when we started and got worried come mile two when it felt like we had not ascended at all. Well, you work for it at the end. It was tough but worth it. It is a little odd though to get to the summit of a mountain and be greeted by tons of people who drove to the top in the car...
My husband and I were headed to the Cascade Lake Loop and wound up going up the Mountain Lake trail. It was very steep at parts and by the end we were really sick of hills. This hike kicked our butts in terms of terrain, though we are what I'd consider beginners. When we arrived at Mountain Lake we were so happy to see there weren't many people there. Our 16 month old was able to get out of the backpack and run on the trail in bare feet, too.
The lack of people on the trail was what made it the best for us. If you're looking to get away from society for a bit, this is a great place to retreat.