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Lake Constance Trail is a 14.5 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Brinnon, Washington that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until October.

Length 14.5 mi Elevation gain 4,898 ft Route type Out & Back

Backpacking

Camping

Fishing

Hiking

Mountain biking

Rock climbing

Forest

Lake

River

Views

Waterfall

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Rocky

Scramble

Snow

Washed out

No dogs

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Getting There

PLEASE NOTE: Dosewallips Road is indefinitely closed to vehicles. Road washed-out outside the park boundary, 6.5 miles from campground. The road and trail remain open to foot/bike traffic. This hike is more of a route, as opposed to a well-defined trail. It is quite strenuous, traversing blowdown, and scree. It mostly parallels Constance Creek and then ends at Lake Constance. A Wilderness Permit is required to camp in this area. There is a washout several miles from the trailhead on Dosewallip Road. There is a trail that goes around the closure, which is used to access this trail. Many visitors choose to bring a bike for this stretch, which they then stash at the trailhead.

A federal Northwest Forest Pass is required to park here.

Olympic National Park Wilderness Information Center 3002 Mount Angeles Road Port Angeles, WA 98362 Tel: 360.565.3100

From Quilcene, south 11.5 miles on U.S. 101 to Dosewallips River Road. Turn right and drive 10 miles to the washout at the end of the road. The trail is on the right side of the road and climbs above the washout before returning to the road, 3 miles from Lake Constance Trail.

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katie russell
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BlowdownRockyScrambleWashed out

WARNING. This is a dangerous trail and should only be attempted by experienced hikers. We had to turn around during the initial scramble because a member of our party developed severe anxiety. I would recommend trying this trail as a day hike before you attempt an overnight. we came across two other hikers who decided to turn around to avoid risking injury.

Alma and Nicole S.
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Hiking

Steeper than expected. Lake was breathtaking.

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Rachel C.
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Hiking

I did this as a day hike on 7/25/20 and it was WONDERFUL. The 5 mile walk in was a nice warm up. From other trip reports I was intimidated by the elevation gain and potential necessity for navigation, but I was pleasantly surprised by how visible and easy to follow the trail was - I only had to check the alltrails map a couple of times to be sure I was on the trail. As far as the elevation gain, from the Lake Constance trailhead to the lake my Garmin clocked that it is 3k elevation gain over 2.3 miles. You are definitely going up, but it’s short and very do-able, just be prepared for a little scrambling. And the lake, my goodness, you just need to see it. I bush-whacked on the west side of the lake (I think the camp spots are on the north side?) and did a dunk in the (cold) water then napped on a log before heading down. Overall a super pleasant experience - definitely worth it.

Cody Hardin
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HikingOver grownRockyScrambleWashed out

Arrived early and hiked the old Dosewallips washout to the trailhead, roughly 5 miles, which was a nice wide trail with gradual elevation gain. We started up the Lake Constance Trail, which now has a new sign labeled "Extremely Steep Infrequent Maintenance". As we head up we come across many beautiful water falls, went over and under fallen trees, traversed rock scrambles and saw some of the most amazing scenery. Starting the hike around 1400 ft and climbing the next few hours to roughly 4500 ft, which was no easy task. You will work for every inch of this climb, but Lake Constance is worth the effort. We bought a permit to stay the night at one of the 5 designated spots. Number 4 is by far the best and can accommodate 4 single person tents. Site 3 wasn't too bad, but if you are a hammock camper, best to bring that. The lake is filled trout, so if your a fisherman make sure to bring your pole. We caught a few and each member of our party cooked and ate one, very good. The following morning we got up, had coffee, enjoyed the view and headed down about 0900. Coming down was much faster than going up and the trail was much more obvious from this angle. (Make sure to look for the red hash marks) When doing this hike remember that ounces matter and taking a minimal amount of gear is suggested. I had a 45lb pack and my legs paid the price for it. Ensure you have water and a way to filter stream water, staying hydrated and having snacks to replace calories is key. If your looking for a challenging adventure with a fantastic payoff, this trail is for you. Highly recommended.

Zac Wilson
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BlowdownOver grownRockyScramble

Day hike on 7/5. Well, we biked the road section and then hiked to the lake. When we came back down there was a new sign marking the trail so it should be easy to find the trail turnoff from the road now. Definitely worth taking a bike. We had to carry the bikes a little at the river washout but not bad. The 5 mikes back down the road only took 30 minutes :). The hike was pretty cool with many small waterfalls and giant rocks in the woods and ends at a beautiful lake.

Brent Keigley
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HikingBlowdownRocky

Camped at one of the fairly primitive sites among one of the arguably most beautiful lakes I’ve had the pleasure of hiking to. Previous reviews are spot on. Difficult. Bring extra water or a filter for the way up. Watch out for human excrement. Who literally poops on the trail and leaves toilet paper scattered about? I hope you read this review—your $hit gets 0 stars. Would not recommend. The trip to Constance however, is highly recommend assuming proper fitness, water, attire, weather, and $hit dodging skills. (On the trail...really? Who does that? We lacked the $hit dodging skills, so deep cleaning the pack, boots, etc. Shame on us for our ability to unwittingly spread from boot to gear though. Something we will work on for future endeavors)

Markie Rodgers
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Hiking

Really fun attempt, but you definitely have to know what you’re doing. The stretch on the road was a nice warm up walk to get the trailhead - which, if you don’t pay attention you may walk past. The trail itself is pretty full of fallen trees and can be difficult, but not impossible, to follow. We went on an overcast day and ended up getting rained on. So with about 1200 ft/ 1 mile to go to the lake we turned around. We were soaked from the rain for 3 hours and climbing down wet fallen trees and rocks was very perilous after already hiking 8 miles uphill. Still a fun day, ended up clocking over 15 miles still because we took a wrong turn and were wandering around an old campground on accident. Would definitely like to try again on a sunny day, and make it to the lake!

Victoria Pettis
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HikingBlowdownScramble

We biked in and camped at Dosewallips campground. The next day we hid our bikes and started up towards the lake on the steep part. It’s easy to loose the trail in the first 10 minutes. It’s almost impossible if you get off the trail however we found it again and got to the lake in 2 1/2 hours. The lake was partially thawed and very beautiful. No snow until you hit the lake. No gear required for this hike but you should be in shape and accustomed to a primitive trail.

Watermaster 7779
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Hiking

I enjoyed this trail I ran into one problem and that was when the main trail hits the side one which is when you would go almost all vertical, the trail had been covered in fallen trees which made getting all the way up difficult and a lot of the time I had to bush wookie it. Once it’s cleared though it’s gonna be nice and difficult. Recommend for those who like more vertical then horizontal hiking.

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John Bales
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Hiking

GREAT DAY HIKE One of the most difficult and technical day hikes I have been on. After bicycling in 4 miles to trailhead my buddy and I climbed the 2 mile 3300 feet elevation mountain to the lake. Had a great time hiking in the over casted sun, probably not as of a fun hike in the rain. The trail is in the trees keeping us cool for most of the hike. I loved the scrambles and the workout getting to this beautiful lake. We walked around the lake fishing and exploring. Not a hike for novice hikers!

Kurt Adams
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarAugust 19, 2019
Hiking

Again,push/ride your bike to trailhead.Be prepared to get your butt handed to you. Ample water refills Half way up.Most dangerous part is last 1/2 hr ,loose rock makes for slippery slope.When you see the king of the mtn” tape your almost there.Enjoy!

Sean P.
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HikingBlowdownRockyScrambleWashed out
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Don Griffis
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Hiking

We hiked this trail as the cap stone of our Olympic National Park adventure. Is is definitely uphill all the way and since the trail is primitive you may get off of trail on occasion but quickly discoverthe trail and move upward. It is tough, but by no means an expert climber hike. I am in my mid fifties and not the biggest fan of heights and this trail wasnt bad at all. It is just all up hill with few recovery areas until you reach the top. In the end youbate rewarded with a beautiful waterfall and then a peaceful lake to recover your legs. Oh yea, your body will remind youbthat you have knees on the way down! A bike would be great to eliminate the +8 mile out and back on the flat trail. Great hike! It isnt scary. It is definitely beautiful!

Alexander Giasson
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HikingBlowdownOver grownRockyScramble
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