Travel Information for Orcas Island, Washington
Hiking in Moran
State Park. The park encompasses four beautiful lakes; Cascade
Lake, Mountain Lake and Twin Lakes. You might try a peaceful walk on the well maintained nature trails around one of these lakes. These lakes are also stocked and fishing is a popular pastime. Mount Constitution, the summit of which
is the highest point in the San Juan Islands, can be reached by car or
a challenging hike to the top. However you reach the summit, you will be rewarded
with stunning 360 degree views of the surrounding waterways and islands.
Click here for a brochure and trail map of Moran State Park.
Just across the road from Turtleback Farm Inn, the
new Turtleback Mountain Preserve includes 1,576 acres
of forest, grasslands and Garry Oak woodlands. Its high meadows and
rocky ledges provide unparalleled views of the San Juan and Canadian
Gulf Islands. The main trailhead is a short walk north of the Inn. More information and a trail map are available on the
Juan County Land Bank web site. Turtleback Farm Inn is a
proud supporter of the San Juan County Land Bank and the San Juan Preservation Trust.
ride in the clear island air. There's room for the two
of you in the open front cockpit of a shiny red biplane. Take in
spectacular views of distant snow-capped mountain ranges, islands
laid out like a map, marine traffic and whales swimming below, all
from the vantage point of the eagles.
Sea kayaking with
They offer kayak tours for every level. This is a great way
to get an up close look at the shorelines and sealife of our island
environment. You'll sleep soundly in your luxurious bed at the inn
after your invigorating day on the water.
Whale watching with
Deer Harbor Charters,
or Outer Island Expeditions.
Go in search of Orca whales, other marine mammals (like porpoises,
seals, and sea lions), and sea birds.
Bring your bicycles, or rent one at
Cycles and explore some of Orcas Island's
back roads, valleys and views, with a stop in one of the villages
for lunch. Or how about a strenuous ride to the summit of Mount
Constitution, rewarded by 360 degree views from Vancouver Island
to the Washington mainland?
ideas: Rent a sail, row or powerboat from Orcas
Boat Rentals or Classic
Day Sail. Enjoy a dinner cruise or yacht charter with Cruise Control.
Ride a horse, play golf, go
fishing, tour the wonderful galleries
and shops, or attend a musical or theatrical performance
at the Orcas
Center or the Living Room.
The availability of some of these activities is
weather-sensitive, especially during the winter months, but you can
always take a hike in the mist or curl up with a book in front of
Reservations: (800) 376-4914
(in the United States only)
or (360) 376-4914
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