2018/3/24 – Turtleback Mountain + Ship Peak / 龜背山+船峯

Mount Constitution in the mist
Mount Constitution in the mist

Photos from this trip can be found here.

Another rain-dodging trip to the Puget Sound area. It’d been eight years since I last set foot on Orcas Island to climb Mount Constitution as part of a weekend getaway. Pup and I caught the late morning ferry from Anacortes and it took a little over an hour to get to the island.

A handful of cars at the trailhead at the South Trailhead (PDF map). Heading north on Lost Oak Trail, we hiked through luscious forest with moderate elevation gain. Half way up the trail an overlook provided a glimpse into the sound, our only chance at any views on this side of the mountain.

Limited views
Limited views

Photos from this trip can be found here.

Continuing north and onto the Ridge Trail, we came upon the junction with Center Loop Trail by a large clearing. Hiking the loop trail clockwise, we got on Raven Ridge Trail at the next junction and hiked toward Turtleback Mountain’s high point. Trail bypassed the summit, so we scrambled a short distance to reach the top. Zero, nada, no views were to be had on this super woodsy summit.

After a short and uneventful stay, we scrambled back onto the trail and hiked southward. Continuing on Center Loop Trail and Ridge Trail, we finally reached Ship Peak, a mere bump on the mountain’s south ridge. The peak itself offered good views to all directions except the north. The gridded flat land below I thought was the best view.

South view
South view

Photos from this trip can be found here.

The afternoon sun didn’t last long before it started to drizzle. The top of Mount Constitution was obscured by massive dark clouds. We left the summit shortly in fear of drizzle turning into rain. A few photos and then we were back on the Ridge Trail to hike south. The trail angled to the north at the junction with Morning Ridge Trail.

Eventually we reconnected with the South Ridge Trail and then hiked another. 4 mile back to the car. We caught the afternoon ferry to avoid waiting another three hours for the next ferry to get back to mainland.

Outro
Outro

Photos from this trip can be found here.

Access: Turtleback Mountain Trailhead
Gear: none


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