What Is It? Orcas Island, that green paradise referred to by locals as the “gem of the San Juans,” is home to the highest mountain in the islands, Mount Constitution, which rises nearly a half-mile from the landscape.
Why Do It? Moran State Park hosts a trek to the top, among its 38 miles of hiking trails. Sitting at the crest is a stone tower replica of 12th-century Russian watchtowers. In the 1930s, the Civilian Conservation Corps built the tower and the road and bridges that lead to the summit.
Good to Know: While the 6.8-mile round trip trail is steep and challenging, when you get to the tower, you’ll be rewarded with a 360-degree view of this magnificent region, including glimpses of the North Cascades and Mount Baker, as well as numerous other islands. If you’re not all out of breath yet, you’re sure to be now.