Moran State Park

Easy to strenuous out-and-back or loop hikes in one of Washington;'s state park on Orcas Island in the San Juans. One of the more popular hikes is a moderate to the island's high point, Mount Constitution. It's often done as a loop with Mountain Lake visited on the return.

Getting there

Take the Washington State Ferry to Orcas Island. Drive to and park at one of the trailheads or parking areas in the park.

On the trail

mount constitution (2,409 ft)

 The trail begins with a short road jaunt towards Mountain Lake. At 1.25 miles reach a junction, head right for Mountain Lake or head left for the summit of Mount Constitution. After heading left, reach a second junction in another mile. Head left for Mount Constitution or left to for Little Twins and the Picketts. Reach the summit of Mount Constitution (4 miles in from the trailhead) and enjoy excellent views of Orcas and the surrounding San Juan islands.


Information for Leaders


The Mountaineers has a commercial use permit with Washington State Parks for all free and fee-based outings at state parks. Leaders should carry a print or digital copy of our  commercial use permit to show rangers they may encounter.

  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Length: 7.1
  • Elevation Gain: 1,640 ft
  • 2,409 ft
  • USGS Mt Constitution

Upcoming Activities

CHS 2 Hike - Mount Constitution

Day Hiking Field trip: Conditioning Hiking Series
CHS hike led at a CHS 2 pace (2.0-3.0 mph)
Difficulty: Strenuous
Sat, Jun 8, 2019
No Prerequisites
2 participants
Registration closes Jun 6
Seattle Branch

Day Hike - Moran State Park

Photography Trip
Photography hikes (short ones) to Cascade, Rustic, Cavern & Hidden Falls.
Sun, Jun 23, 2019
No Prerequisites
9 participants
Registration closes Jun 21
Seattle Branch

CHS 1 Hike - Mount Constitution

Day Hiking Field trip: Conditioning Hiking Series
CHS1 hike led at pace 1.5-2.0 mph. This lollipop loop hike is located in Moran
Difficulty: Strenuous
Sun, Jul 21, 2019
No Prerequisites
11 participants
Registration opens Jun 26
Seattle Branch
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