Moran State Park, Olga

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Moran State Park is a public recreation area on Orcas Island in Puget Sound's San Juan Islands in the state of Washington, United States. The state park encompasses over 5,000 acres of various terrain including forests, wetlands, bogs, hills, and lakes. It is the largest public recreation area in the San Juan Islands and the fourth largest state park in the state. A park focal point is the observation tower atop Mount Constitution. In 2013, the state park was added to the National Register of Historic Places.HistoryThe park was originally the estate of Seattle mayor and shipbuilder Robert Moran. Due to poor health, Moran moved to Orcas Island and between 1906 and 1909 built his estate, which included a large mansion named Rosario. Wood and stone material found on the island were used to construct the estate's houses and buildings. In 1921, Moran gave a large portion of his property to the state of Washington for the creation of Moran State Park. The mansion and its grounds remain in private hands, operated as Rosario Resort and Spa.In August 1935, 28 men from the 4768th Company of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) began constructing a stone observation tower atop 2409ft Mount Constitution. Designed by noted Seattle architect Ellsworth Storey, the tower became the literal and figurative high point of eight years of work by crews from the CCC's Camp Moran.
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  • Beautiful park & so worth the time to visit. Loved hiking around the lake, Obstruction Pass & Mount Constitution. Love the Conservation Core brown buildings & railings. Great park & informative signs ...  more »
  • I am not a brave hiker- so I am happy to have a wide number of relatively easy trails- internally up the mountain, or around the lake. The lake area was a particularly nice site for our wedding dinner...  more »
  • All of the San Juan Islands are island gems, but after visiting them for more than 50 years, I would probably pick Orcas Island as the ultimate Gem of the group. (Just ask Oprah Winfrey who recently b...  more »
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  • Running, biking, and forest ramble opportunities abound in this glorious and expansive public space! And some of the best training ground for ultra.running you will find in this corner of Washington. Over 4,000 acres and some of the county's biggest trees too. See if you can spot a few if the western whit pine that hang on up near the summit. Rare and cool if you know about trees. Mt. Picket is the best trail for solitude
  • It was AMAZING! I’ve been camping🏕 there at least 3 times and I loved it. Great view with fun hikes⛰ nearby. Also where we stayed, a little island hangout spot with a swing into the water. I highly recommended camping there!👍🏽
  • Beautiful park. Ran the Orcas 50k here and got to see a lot of the park. The top of Mount Constitution is a great view point and climbing the tower really improves said view. The forests are wonderful, thick with moss. It would be really easy to loose ones self in all the beauty of Moran State Park.
  • Remarkable views from Mt. Constitution. Nice camping spots and miles of trails for hiking and biking.
  • Beautiful easy access hikes. Moderately empty in the colder seasons, but even more beautiful then.
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