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walking
1 month ago

One of my favorite walks. Around every corner is a new and fantastic view.

beautiful hike! pretty steep the last mile and a half but the view is unbelievable! sure you can drive to the look out but if you enjoy hiking I highly recommend it!

Beautiful hike. Old growth forest with moss covered logs, ferns and paths softened by pine needles. The switchbacks make the climb to the top interesting and manageable. My husband and I are in our early 60s, once-a-week hikers, and did fine. I recommend following the trail clockwise to avoid hard climbs at the end.

walking
3 months ago

Pet-friendly and an easy enough walk for even the most avid couch potato. From the car park off Mount Constitution Road, it's a leisurely 10-minute walk to Cascade Falls. We took the upper trail first, which has a pretty good down grade in certain areas then took the lower trail that runs along the creek on the return trip stopping at Rustic Falls as well. There are four falls on this loop trail, but we only had time to catch two. There are wood steps leading to the lower falls. Once you get to the lower falls area, there is a small foot bridge to cross the creek. Beautiful spot for photographs. There are no barriers preventing you from going right up to the falls, and if it's a hot day, from cooling off. The creek itself isn't very deep...mostly ankle to mid-calf. At the time we went, there were a number of tree trunks that had fallen across the small ravine allowing us to sit and enjoy the quiet serenity of the 12-foot waterfall. This trail connects to the Cascade Lake trail and the trail to Mount Pickett.

Hard AF but worth it

trail running
3 months ago

Beautiful trail around cascade Lake. We were able to run a lot of it and only have to hike a little of it. I highly recommend it for the runner who might be around 60!

This was a nice island hike. A few good views and a nice walk along Mountain Lake at the end. Roads go to the top of the mountain that you work so hard to get to, with the associated crowds.

trail running
4 months ago

This well maintained trail was accessible with our Bob stroller and I was even able to jog it in parts. Nice lake views and varied elevation without being too challenging.

hiking
4 months ago

Hiked this two days ago in the morning, not quite up in time for sunrise. Short but sweet trail, took me about 20mins to get to the top going at a decent pace. Easily accessible and clearly sign posted. I don’t know if I would rate it “easy” however, it’s quite steep and I found myself really huffing and puffing at the end, and I like to think of myself as a fairly fit person who hikes frequently.

Great hike with a bit challenging ascent. Beautiful trees and warm lake!

Great for kids!

We started at Mountain Lake going towards Little Summit. The hike up to Little Summit is a series of steep switchbacks. Definitely detour to Little Summit for some beautiful views. The hike from Little Summit to Mt. Constitution was less steep, and there were some nice views along Mountain Lake. The view at the top of Mt. Constitution is stunning, and there’s a neat tower with historical information. The hike back to the Mountain Lake parking was easy, and we stopped by Twin Lakes for a relaxing, quiet break. The last bit of the hike was along the shore of Mountain Lake with beautiful views of the mountains all around. Overall, the trail was well-maintained and well-marked. There were a few downed trees we had to climb over on the way to Little Summit, but nothing huge.

Easy hike in beautiful Moran State Park. Not crowded, well kept trails and signing. 4.8 miles total. Mountain Lake is serene.

We parked at Little Summit and hiked to the top of Mt. Constitution and back - about 4.5 miles and a 400 ft. elevation gain. Easy to moderate hike with the most amazing views of Mt. Baker, the San Juan Islands, and Mountain Lake. Little Summit is the perfect spot to end the hike with a picnic lunch.

hiking
5 months ago

A perfect 30 min hike with an infant

Nice hike. Detoured to Cascades Falls and then to the other three falls and Mountain Lake. Lots of trails to connect to and go as far/long as you want to. Two lakes and four falls in less than 2 hours - totally worth it.

Great hike! Definitely recommend hiking clockwise (start at Mountain Lake on Little Summit trail). It climbs right away and you’ll work hard BUT you hit Little Summit in 1.2 miles and it makes it all SO worth it. Be sure to go the extra .3 miles and back to see the Little Summit view. And the hardest climbing is then done and you can enjoy the next 2.4 miles with some pretty easy climbing and lots of incredible ridge views. Then on the way back you’ll have a steep descent for about 1.5 miles and then visits to Summit Lake and Twin Lakes. Last mile is a super easy hike along Mountain Lake (part of Mtn Lake loop). Our favorite hike on Orcas!

hiking
5 months ago

Beautiful Hike on a beautiful island!

Clearly marked trails. Quick reward with a waterfall accessed easily.

July 2015.

Great hike! Starting from the day use area, you have the option to connect to the Cascade Falls trail, which offers a couple waterfalls and adds a little bit more distance. Lots of great views throughout.

Not just a view of the lake, but lots of trees and wildlife. I did the lake loop and the lagoon together. It took about 1 1/2 hours

Stunning ancient trees

on Cascade Lake Trail

hiking
8 months ago

Nice hike, although the entire west section of the trail is within earshot of the main road on the island, so it’s not super peaceful. But the east side of the lake is really beautiful and has very nice views. Doable hike for almost anyone, not too much elevation gain.

Hiked the Mountain Lake and Twin Lakes trails in late March. Some wet spots to avoid but the trails were beautiful other than that. Not a tough hike. Took about 3 hours on my own, stopping from time to time for pictures.

hiking
9 months ago

Super easy and enjoyable hike. Multiple booming waterfall along the way.

Challenging trail but worth it! Easier to do counterclockwise for the beginning hiker.

hiking
Thursday, November 09, 2017

Good easy hike but the best part are the wonderful swimming spots and fun rock jumping opportunities from the trail!

hiking
Sunday, October 29, 2017

Great hike! Stunning views of Mount Baker and the many islands of the San Juans. We decided to go clockwise on the trail toward Little Summit to not have to hike the steep incline portion. Unfortunately, we didn’t have hiking poles, but we found a lot of great sticks along the trail to help with the steep descent. Very windy at the top so I recommend a wind breaker and layers to stay warm. Parts of the hike allow mountain bikers so be prepared for them. We saw three biking downhill today.

I clocked 1,713 elevation gain and 7.2 miles roundtrip. Have fun and enjoy the spectacular views!

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