Here in the Pacific Northwest we are lucky to have an almost endless supply of beautiful locations to run. One of the most beautiful of those locations is Orcas Island in the San Juan Islands. Just a little over an hour long ferry ride from Anacortes, Orcas Island is a perfect location for a weekend running trip or even just a day trip. Once you are on Orcas Island the best place for running is Moran State Park.
Moran State Park is a little over 5,000-acres in size and has nearly 40 miles of trails, most of which were constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) back in the 1930s. While running the trails within Moran State park you will enjoy views of lakes, streams, waterfalls, Puget Sound, Strait of Juan de Fuca, San Juan Islands, Canadian Gulf Islands, Vancouver Island, Cascade Mountains and the Olympic Mountains. These trails are especially good if you like hills. There’s not a lot of flat terrain in Moran State Park. However, you can find some routes that aren’t too difficult. The 2.7-mile loop around Cascade Lake only has small rolling hills. At the other end of the spectrum is the trail to the top of Mount Constitution. This trail gains over 2,000-feet in 4.3 miles. But when you get to the top you will be rewarded with some of the best views you will ever see.
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