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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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TripAdvisor
  • On the Orcas island you will find in the middle this beautiful place to visit. At the peek of the mountain is a tower that shows the history of the island and at the top is almost a 360 view of the is...  more »
  • This was a challenging and rewarding bike adventure. A peaceful, tree-lined route with amazing views. Highlight of my trip. Not a bike ride for a beginner. So start training.  more »
  • Experience: - you need to take the ferry from Anacortes - you need a car !!! or a bicycle - if you have a Discover Pass, otherwise you pay 10 $ - great view of both Mountains: Baker & Rainier ( if the...  more »
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  • Great view of the islands! We drove up and it was an easy 10-15 minutes up. Great place to bring a lunch and enjoy the scenery.
  • This is an awesome tower. It's got a lot of history inside, and a lot of great views at the top. On a clear day, you can see the mountain range in the east.
  • Great views at one of the highest points of the San Juan Islands. Fun bike ride to the top!
  • On a clear day this is world class.
  • Worth the drive. A spectacular 360 view awaits.