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Mt Constitution, Washington State

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Mount Constitution is a mountain on Orcas Island, the highest point in the San Juan Islands and the second highest mountain on an ocean island in the contiguous 48 states. Only Devils Peak in the Channel Islands of California is higher. A stone observation tower patterned after a medieval watch tower stands at the summit. It was designed by architect Ellsworth Storey and built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1936. The tower offers panoramic views of the surrounding islands, the Cascade Mountains, and many Canadian and American cities. On a clear day, the view encompasses locations as diverse as Mount Baker, Mount Rainier, Saturna Island, and the cities of Vancouver, and Victoria, British Columbia. Mount Constitution lies within the 5000acre Moran State Park.The prominence was named by Charles Wilkes during the Wilkes Expedition of 1838-1842 for the USS Constitution.
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  • We left Rosario at about 9:00 am and drove to the top. The road is good all the way up, even through the switchbacks. At the summit you are at the highest point in the San Juan Islands and the views a...  more »
  • We visited last summer (2017). It is a pleasant drive to the top, or hiking is an option. There are a few places to pull over and take in the scenery. A great place to watch sunsets also. The tower bu...  more »
  • We visited Mount Constitution over several days. It is obviously one of the most popular spots on Orcas Island for a reason. We were treated to many soaring bald eagles flying right past us at the top...  more »
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  • Awesome view from the top and beautiful small lakes on hike
  • Truly gorgeous view of the islands from the top of Mount Constitution. The observatory tower was great. Must see place in Moran state park.
  • Climbing Mt. Constitution with a bike. This is a great ride for climbers. Total distance from the ferry dock to the top of Mt. Constitution and back to the ferry is 37 miles, total climb is 3,492 feet. It's a hard climb, some sections are very steep. I am not a very strong climber, but I did the ride in 3 hours. Great view from the top, unfortunately the weather was not the best on the day of the ride.
  • Amazing views
  • I bicycled from the Rosario boat launch to the top of this mountain 1987.
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