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Mt Constitution, Washington State

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Mount Constitution is a mountain on Orcas Island, and the highest point in the San Juan Islands and the second highest mountain on an ocean island in the contiguous 48 state. 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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  • Had a nice hike to mount constitution at the end of July. We started about 9:30 am and only encountered 4 people on the hike. The hike starts out at a pretty steep elevation,but it is not like that th...  more »
  • A must see for the views from the "castle keep" at the top. Climb to the top of the keep and you will be rewarded with views of Mt. Baker, the San Juans, etc. Great place to bring a picnic lunch. A sm...  more »
  • The tower isn't much to see, but the view from the top is awesome. You can see Mount Rainier and Vancouver, Canada from the top. This is the highest Point in the San Juan Islands at 2904 feet  more »
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  • Beautiful views at the top. Only downside is they're currently doing construction on the lookout tower so we couldn't go up to the top. I would recommend this place to anyone who visits the island.
  • Amazing place for a day trip from Bellevue. There is something for everyone. Water sports , hiking, biking and nature lovers will like this place equally.
  • My parents brought me here as a child and I never forgot it. The views are indescribable and I recommend everyone see them at least once in their lifetime. I was disappointed to find out that the tower was closed due to construction, but it was my own fault for not checking the website until the night before we were going to be here. When able to climb the tower, you must!! The tower gives 360° views of the Puget Sound, the San Juan Islands, Victoria (BC), Vancouver (BC), and everywhere else (as far as the eye can see). This is definitely a visit you want to make on a clear-sky day and don't forget your camera!! You'll regret it if you do!! There's a small gift shop with limited hours and no running water (shop lady said it got tore out with the tower) but hopefully when the tower is re-opened, it will have running water for everyone... and hopefully (fingers crossed) some flush toilets...?? Nothing like a handi-can to counteract such a beautiful view! Be advised: this is located within Moran State Park where a Discovery Pass is required for day visits (Discovery Pass is included with overnight camping for each day you are camping) on Orcas Island (only accessible ONLY by ferry (hefty costs for vehicles and passengers; make reservations on ferries if possible; don't miss your scheduled ferry; read ferry sailing schedules VERY carefully to verify which ones actually stop at Orcas Island) or SMALL private/chartered boat/plane (assuming a hefty cost also). Also, the drive up/down the mountain is REALLY steep, so be careful when driving vehicles that are less than road-worthy!! Hope this helped!!
  • Mountain lake - > Little summit is a lot of elevation in 1.5 miles for a guy that does not exercise, but the vistas are more than worth the climb.
  • Amazing views from this mountain! This is also a great hike for beginners if you want to hike the trail.

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