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Love this Island! Love this Park!

I've been going to Orcas island from time to time, mostly in the summers from Seattle where I live... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Seattle, Washington
Moran Trails are great. Discover Pass is a bargain for residents

My wife and I have been Orcas residents for about a year and use Moran State Park every week. We... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Robert D
Eastsound, Washington
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Reviewed 6 days ago

I've been going to Orcas island from time to time, mostly in the summers from Seattle where I live since the late 1990's. Moran is a gem within a gem (don't tell anyone). Good camping if you can get a site. I know families who...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank timmmcguire
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My wife and I have been Orcas residents for about a year and use Moran State Park every week. We have covered nearly all of the trails. We are 67 and 59 years old and have had no problems with any of the trails throughout...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Robert D
Reviewed November 12, 2018

Enjoyed hiking around the lake. Trail is in excellent shape and it is basically level. Parking is available right at trail head and you need a forest pass which you can buy just as you enter the Moran state park.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank carrieul
Reviewed November 8, 2018

Absolutely stunning views, whether you opt for lake views or hike views. There's a lot to offer and it doesn't take too much effort- if thats your thing. Easy nature=)

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Asher97
Reviewed October 25, 2018

I agree with all the reviews. This is just about a must-visit attraction if you have time and like the outdoors and/or want the best views on the island. The cascade waterfall trail is fairly easy but parking is very limited. The observation tower has...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank mikeatlarge
Reviewed October 3, 2018

Orcas is not a big place--if you come, you should not skip the main attraction: Moran State Park. We drove to the top of Mount Constitution twice and experienced it differently each time (the view was different as the weather changed). The observation tower is...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed September 30, 2018

Traveled here in September and enjoyed lush hikes and wonderful views even with the famous Washington rain. Clean and well marked. We can't wait to explore here more.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank kimmarzullo
Reviewed September 24, 2018

View from the top of Mount Constitution was amazing ... but the highlight was Rustic Falls & Cascade Falls ... Truly beautiful! ... Would love to spend more time hiking & paddle boating ... Spectacular park!!

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Rob S
Reviewed September 15, 2018

It was a very nice drive to the top of Mount Constitution. We enjoyed the iconic views from the tower. Access was easy and the climb able to be done by my 85 year old mom. Definitely worth the time in a one day tour...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank luaboe
Reviewed September 9, 2018

What a great hike. It's slightly less than four miles if you just go around the lake. We added a detour to the falls which made the day much longer, but totally worth it! Seriously beautiful. We went in late August and it was comfortable...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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August 22, 2017|
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Response from DallasPaza | Reviewed this property |
Depends on if one is walking on the road or trail. Are we talking about Mount Constitution? That trail is extremely steep in portions so you have to take it slow and hiking poles would be a good idea. Trail shoes clearly... More
April 1, 2017|
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Response from Debra L | Reviewed this property |
Yes, as long as leashed.
Cindy L
September 24, 2016|
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Response from Rick H | Reviewed this property |
Only went to Moran SP, if you plan on hiking. Plan at least a day visit, other wise 1/2 day if you will not be doing any hiking. If you plan on camping I think you can make reservations. Do that ASAP.
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Southwater, United Kingdom
Another question regarding Ferries (5 Replies)
Hi We've already booked our return ferry journey from Anacortes to Friday Harbor (end June) Whilst we're on SJI we'd like to take a day trip with car (as we'd like to drive to Moran State Park) to Orca Island. Do we need to pre book this ferry journey? Thanks
May 05, 2016|
Response fromChristy1|
Nope, reservations aren't accepted for inter island travel.
Chevy Chase, MD
Question about staying on Orcas Island vs Anacortes (3 Replies)
We will be leaving Port Angeles in the late morning of August 30, 2016 and driving to Anacortes via the Port Townsend Ferry (will make reservations). We'd like to stop in Coupeville for lunch and visit Deception Pass State Park as well. Will have all day to see Orcas Island on the 31st (not enough time, I know!) and will leave as early as possible on September 1 to make our way to Whistler. Is it worth it and is there enough time, to take 2 ferries on the 30th in order to spend both nights on...More
March 19, 2016|
Response fromChristy1|
I think you should push on and do Orcas both nights. The ferry terminal isn't really that far from Deception Pass, and a lot of places on the islands have a 2 night minimum stay. And given what you have on the docket that day, I think you're fine in terms of time.
Montclair, New Jersey
San Juan Islands Trip Questions (8 Replies)
I plan on visiting the San Juan Islands. I only have a day. Which island should I choose? Or, is it possible to visit more than one island? I can choose the 7:45 ferry, which means I'll have to leave my hotel at 5:30 AM in order to maximize my time on whichever island I choose to visit. (Orcas island and Moran state park sound cool). I have to drive to Vancouver in the same day. Around how many hours will I need to see the main highlights? Will I need a car?
August 09, 2016|
Response fromChristy1|
Yes, with such limited time you need a car. You only have time for one island--you are already looking at a VERY long day (don't forget you'll be spending time in border lines crossing to Canada). As for which one, it just depends on what you want to do. Since you already identified Moran as someplace you'd like to see, why not just do Orcas. You can look at one of their tourism websites to identify other spots you might want to see. Lots of good places to eat there, too. Someone more...More