Mount Constance

Elevation (feet): 7,743
Elevation (meters): 2,360
Continent: North America
Country: United States
Range/Region: Olympic Mountains
State: Washington
Latitude: 47.772849
Longitude: -123.127384
Difficulty: Scramble
Best months for climbing: Jul, Aug, Sep
Year first climbed: June 26, 1922
First successful climber(s): Robert Schellin and A. E.
Nearest major airport: Seattle
Convenient Center: Port Townsend

Thanks to Ian Bentryn and Ronald James for contributing to these details. (View history)

Mt. Constance is the highest and most massive peak on the eastern front of the Olympics. It is the fifth highest peak in the range after Mt. Deception and the three summits of Mt. Olympus. It is composed of basalt erupted beneath the Pacific Ocean 15 million years ago, and tipped upright to form vertical walls of knobby basketball-sized "pillows".

Montane forest reaches up to 5000' and patches of sub-alpine character persist to 7000'. The mountain's higher reaches are alpine and host range endemic species such as Flett's Violet and Piper's Bellflower.

The massif is bisected by a glacially carved canyon opening to the south and draining steeply to the Dosewallips River. A National Park road is etched across the lower buttresses of the mountain at 1500' elevation.

A delightful trail rises 3200' in two miles from the road, following Constance Creek to Lake Constance at the mouth of Avalanche Canyon. From this point, a variety of mixed snow and rock routes (II,3 thru IV,5.7) access the summit and a dozen other satellite peaks.

In 1857 Lt. George Davidson anchored his ship in a cove in the Puget Sound in southwest Seattle. At that time Lt. Davidson was engaged to Ellinor Fauntleroy and set out to impress his future father in law by naming prominent features after folks in the Fauntleroy family. Fauntleroy Cove was named after his future father-in-law, R. H. Fauntleroy. Davidson, impressed with the spectacular view of the Olympics to the west, named Mt. Ellinor, for his bride to be. He also named The Brothers, Mt. Constance, and Mt. Rose for members of his future family.

Thanks to Ian Bentryn for this description.