Page Type Page Type: Trip Report
Location Lat/Lon: 47.75040°N / 123.14040°E
Date Date Climbed/Hiked: Sep 10, 2007
Activities Activities: Hiking
Seasons Season: Fall

Last Minute Decision

I had been holding a grudge for 10 long years. My husband and father-in-law played hooky without me to hike up to Lake Constance. Why would they go without me? I couldn't get the time off and when I asked them to wait until the weekend, they complained it would be too crowded. After the hike, they both claimed they would never go up that "(imagine foul language)" again. Both men had knee pain and the DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness) that lasted 4 or 5 days.

For 10 years I have been begging my husband to go to Lake Constance with me. He finally agreed to hike "that damn trail" again. Our problem was I wanted to go that morning. He dragged his feet. I would find out why later that day. We finally left after 9 am. It was a 2 hour drive to the "new" trailhead.

Dosewallips Washout

We arrived at the end of the FS road 2610 with great hope. Heck, it would be 3 miles up the road to the Lake Constance trailhead, 2 miles up to the lake and then 5 miles back. 10 miles round-trip. Easy-schmeezy. Elevation gain around 4,000 feet. We've done far more without difficulty, so I thought.
Dosewallips Washout

Steve and I donned our packs, checked our bootstraps, chugged some water and ate a bit of food and we were off.
The new trail took us up and around the washout then back down to the remainder of FS road 2610. This forest service road is not slated for repair due to the lack of funding by our federal government to allow access to our public places. Has it been washed out 7 years or 8 years now?

The Hike Up

Did I mention we had to hike along a forest service road? For 3 miles? Holy Cow! I haven't done that in awhile. We were both ready for a break when we arrived at the Lake Constance trailhead. It was HOT (over 80 degrees), and our feet were burning from the road walking. The foot dragging at the beginning of the day did not help our situation, just allowed us to appreciate early morning hiking conditions far more.

After a brief rest for our feet and food for our stomachs, we prepared for the Lake Constance trail. Steve was laughing at this point. Was he delirious from our road walking in 80+ degree heat? or did he sense my doom?
Lake Constance Trailhead

We started our hike on the Lake Constance trail at noon. Within 15 minutes I was sure I was experiencing a cardiac issue. Steve laughed in the way only a husband who "just knew" we shouldn't do this hike on a hot day could do. After many fits of mini-cardiac arrest, breathing problems and the urge to empty my bowels, we found our (my) groove for the next hour. I remember roots, dirt, and the need to use my hands to pull myself up. At one point along the trail I encountered an adrenaline shot, a bee sting! Even under extreme physical duress, I was able to sprint up trail close to 100 yards to get away from the nest. Unfortunately, I had left a few items at the site of the attack. It was a nice spot for a break anyway. At this point, the only thing keeping me going was the temptation of a dip in the lake to cool off!
Lake Constance Trail

Lake Constance

We Arrived
After nearly 2 hours, we finally made it. No other souls around. Unfortunately, no animals as well. We did spot a few trout in the lake, but we also saw scum on the rocks in the lake. Ugh. No swimming in that lake unless you are desperate!
Trout in Lake Constance

The Hike Down

It gets dark early on the Lake Constance trail. Although it was early afternoon, it felt much like we were fighting for daylight on the return trip. It took about the same time to go down as up. Very disappointing for me but with the steep slope, we needed to be careful. And the 3 miles on the FS road back to the car? It was no better the second time around. I hear people take mountain bikes up the road section. Sounds like a winner to me!
Heading down


Lake Constance
Lake Constance
Lake Constance
Popular Rest Stop
Lake Constance
Happy Hiker
Lake Constance


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lcarreau - Apr 10, 2008 4:30 pm - Voted 10/10

That's a GREAT trip report!

I remember listening to the Weather Channel last year; how warm
it was in the Pacific Northwest. At least you had a fair amount
of drinking water with you, right? What I like most is how you
'inter-weave' your family members into the description. You make
it entertaining; but still stress the serious side. Water is a very
precious and important resource. Also, it helps if you carry a
Snickers Bar or chocolate to keep up your energy level. I'm
probably just preaching to the choir, as you probably already
know about the 10 essentials. Have fun, take care & be safe!!!
- Larry of AZ


tleaf - Apr 11, 2008 10:13 am - Hasn't voted

Re: That's a GREAT trip report!

Yep, you are preaching to the choir. I typically carry 3 1/2 liters of water on a day hike like this, plus food for 3 days. One of my nicknames is Pack Horse due to my heavy pack. I can't imagine running out of anything! I take my rain gear on beautiful days! I am the choir.

Thank you for your very kind comments! This was a fun day, filled with great hope of a dip in the lake! Alas, when I saw the scum on the rocks, the thought of swimming with that scum ruined my fantasy!. Happy trails. Trina


lcarreau - Apr 11, 2008 11:29 am - Voted 10/10

Re: That's a GREAT trip report!

ONE LAST thought:
I like your humor! There doesn't seem to be very much HUMOR on
Summitpost anymore. I'm sorry that your fantasy turned to scum.

Hey, there's plenty more lakes to visit in Washington state.
Last time I was in WA, I took my wife to Mowich Lake in MRNP.
She really enjoyed the fresh air, and we saw many frogs there.

Pack Horse??? I worked for 9-1/2 months on the South Rim of
the Grand Canyon, and I received the nickname Pack Mule. But,
that was when I was younger and more flexible. CHEERS, Larry :)


tleaf - Apr 11, 2008 10:09 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: That's a GREAT trip report!

Pack Horse, Pack Mule.... does it really matter? I've been called both. So, there are plenty of lakes in WA to visit. Very few I've dipped my feet in while in ONP. Last time I actually was taking a dip in a lake, a very agitated black bear came for a visit. It is pretty difficult to get your boots on to scoot down the trail when your feet are wet.
Cheers, Trina (:


olympicmarmot - Nov 23, 2008 11:03 pm - Hasn't voted

Ah yes...

Constance. Some quiver at the mere mention of it. I love that hike. Cant wait to do it in the winter...


tleaf - Nov 25, 2008 12:20 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Ah yes...

I do believe winter would be the best time! I hope you get to it this winter. The lake and surrounding mountains make it a great destination.


olympicmarmot - Nov 25, 2008 9:57 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Ah yes...

yeah, and I think some of the routes on mt.constance are easier in the snow. would love to climb that mountain. And of course lugging all of your gear up the trail is a blast...only 55 lbs or so :)

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