Moran State Park


Backcountry Trail Run - Moran State Park

2 separate 12 mile loops! Spend a day with us at Moran State Park and summit Mount Constitution! We will be running two loops for a total of 24 miles. Join us for either one loop or the whole thing.

  • Ultra
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 24.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 5,400 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 2,400 ft
  • Pace: 13-17 min/mi 3.5-4 mph

We'll be taking the first ferry sailing of the day to get us to Orcas Island, once on Orcas head to Moran State Park to the road side parking across from Cascade lake. After a debrief of the route and introductions, we'll get shoes on road/trail starting with the 12 mile loop first around 8 am. For those who wish to join us later in the day for the 2nd loop, guesstimate ETA to parking lot will be roughly ~12 noon. This is a backcountry run due to limited cell service. Experience has shown that our second loop will be much slower than the first, however our overall objective is a fun social pace with consideration for limited daylight.

A Discover Pass is required for parking.

We will send out details a few days prior to this run confirming our meeting time and place, schedule, transportation, weather, and required equipment. Island services are generally limited this time of year, bring most of what you'll need with you. Snow and inclement weather is likely this time of year.

Please review the elevation and distance before you sign up. We will be verifying your conditioning and training for the loop(s) you have selected with some evidence, Strava track, race results, mountaineers runs, etc.

Please note that if there is limited interest on one of the loops we'll probably drop a loop, recreating a route with distances people are comfortable running.

12 mile, 3000ft loop ->

12 mile, 2300ft loop ->

Waitlisting is encouraged. More spots will be added if there is demand.


Moran State Park

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

  • The Ten Essentials
  • Sturdy running shoes
  • Microspikes / snow traction
  • Water filter
  • Cold weather gear - gloves, hat, etc
  • Headlamp or Hand held Light
  • Trekking poles
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