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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.

hiking
1 month ago

Lovely, family-friendly hike that leads to a rocky beach alcove. From the car park, hikers can choose upper or lower paths to travel. We chose to go left to hike in (upper) and then the opposite route (lower) to hike out. There are a few slightly moderate ascent/descents in certain areas depending on which way you're traveling, but for the most part the trek is easy-going. We've done this hike two other times when our son was four and six-years-old, and now at eight, he's an old hat at this one. The hike in leads to tent campgrounds and a beach alcove with a gorgeous view of the Obstruction Pass channel. I suggest wearing closed-toed shoes as the rocky beach does make it difficult to walk in sandals or other open-style shoes. Small tide pools allow for some exploration for kids. Leashed pets are permitted as well. Look for the wooden steps that lead down to the beach area. Lots of driftwood makes for great seating to just kick back and take in the scenery.

I opted to do this as an out and back as I didn't want to hike the road. It was extremely foggy and wet and thought it better to stay on the trail. It was amazing even though the views were fogged in. The trail was well maintained and the forest is old growth which is beautiful. The tower, spectacular! This is a hike I will happily do again weather permitting seeing the great views.

Hard AF but worth it

Very lovely! Easy even for this out of shape gal :)

walking
2 months ago

Very easy walking trail. Beautiful views in the forest and great views of the lake. If you want a short hike or walk this is a beautiful place to be. You will pass the area where people are camping so if it’s an early morning walk you might see a few people emerging from tents.

trail running
2 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
2 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
2 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!

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.

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
3 months ago

Beautiful Hike on a beautiful island!

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
6 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.

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

hiking
11 months ago

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

hiking
11 months ago

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!

hiking
Sunday, October 01, 2017

I am going to be honest here. Don't hike the trail. Drive your car all the way to the top of Mt. Constitution, bring a lunch, sit there, enjoy and take in the spectacular view for an hour or two. That's what I did (hiked so much during the week, muscles were too sore). Seriously one of the most spectacular views you will see. You can walk up to the tower and learn about how it was built. Then sit some more and take in the mountain view.

hiking
Sunday, October 01, 2017

This trail is really something to behold when you consider the intermittent stunning views of the San Juans and Mt. Baker along the way. I suggest going clockwise for sure to optimize the views and minimize the gruel of the climb as is done when going counter clockwise. This also makes the end third a beautiful easy walk through the forest floor and along the enchanting Mountain Lake. A rewarding dip in the clear waters could prove irresistible!

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