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The trail to Constance Pass follows the Dosewallips River a short distance then ascends to the crest of Del Monte Ridge. It leads through spectacular subalpine meadows after ascending 3,300 feet.

This trail follows the Main Fork Dosewallips Trail after two and a half miles and begins to climb to the southernmost crest of Del Monte Ridge. It is nearly eight miles one way and gains over 4,000 feet in elevation. Once above the river the trail provides panoramic views of the surrounding peaks. It leads through lush subalpine meadows with abundant wildflowers in mid summer.

Begin this route by walking northwestward from Dosewallips Ranger Station. A short distance from the ranger station the trail splits. The left side of the fork follows the Terrace Trail, which leads along a high terrace above the river. This trail eventually leads back to the main route. The main trail in the mean time crosses Pass Creek ascending 165 feet. After the two trails merge the route continues along the eastern bank of the river to Dose Forks. At this junction the trail leading to the left is the West Fork Dosewallips Trail. Follow the right side of the fork as it crosses a small stream and continues along the eastern bank of the river.

Approximately one mile from Dose Forks, and two and a half miles from the trailhead, a trail branches to the right. This is the Constance Pass Trail turn right here and begin ascending the eastern wall of the Dosewallips River valley. The trail leads northward following long switchbacks. Within a mile it ascends a ridge that leads between Lower Twin Creek, to the north, and Sunny Brook, to the south, and continues to climb.

Almost three miles from the Dosewallips River the trail leaves the forest and enters Sunnybrook Meadows at 4,595 feet. From this point the trail levels slightly, turns eastward and crosses Sunny Brook. Beyond the stream the trail continues to climbs through subalpine meadow and reaches Sunnybrook Meadows Camp in a half mile.

A half mile east of Sunnybrook Meadows Camp the trail reaches the crest of Del Monte Ridge. It follows the ridge line one mile to Constance Pass. The Pass lies on the southern end of Del Monte Ridge and provides sweeping views of Mt. Constance, Warrior Peak and Mt. Elk Lick (across the Dosewallips valley). On the northern side of the pass is Home Lake Camp. Beyond Home Lake the trail descends as it enters the Dungeness River drainage, leading north of Mt. Constance and Warrior Peak into the Olympic National Forest.

Directions: From Brinnon, Drive north on Highway 101 to Dosewallips River Road, number 2610. Turn westward (left) on to Dosewallips River Road and travel 15 miles to the ranger station and trailhead. The last portion of the road is narrow and steep. It may be slippery when wet.

Elevation: 1,640 feet

Ending Elevation: 5,850 feet

Usage: Heavy in Summer

Difficulty: Moderate/Strenuous

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Olympic National Park, Washington

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