The sign at the roadside Doswallips trail reads like a warning 3,400 feet gain in 2 miles. Relentlessly steep, this is more of a rock scramble root grab “route” than trail in some places.
From the Doswallips road trail find the Lake Constance Trailhead sign just past the bridge at 4.25 miles. The beginning of the hike goes nearly straight up through a burn section. Exposed to the sun, dry and dusty with lots of fallen tree obstacles to maneuver. The trail moves right into a shaded glen that follows Constance Creek with pools of sparkling water and moss covered boulders. Still steeply climbing through the sublime forest. The trail eventually emerges in a brief clearing before ascending even more abruptly. Find roots and rock handholds and footholds and scramble up series of steeper pitches quickly gaining elevation. A last rise over swaths of tree fall and discover the frigid waters of alpine tarn Lake Constance tucked in below spectacular cliffs.
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