Recommended Stay: 3 to 5 days
Distance from Boise 600 miles/Drive Time: 10.5 hours
Trip Cost Estimate: $575 to $775
Moran State Park is about an hour and a half boat ride from Anacortes to Orcas Island. The State park is one of the crown jewels of the San Juan Islands and has some nice lakes and lots of trails to explore. There are lots of great camping spots for a campervan at the park and some of them are right on the many lakes. If you plan on going during the busy time of year make sure that you make a reservation well ahead of time to ensure you get the spot you want. Many trails are restricted during the summer months to hiking only so make sure you check out the State Park maps and dates before heading out to the park. Most trails then become open to everyone during the off-season which is a perfect time to visit the island when things are a little quieter. Plus you don't need to worry about the rain at night since you will be nice and warm and dry inside your Wandervan campervan.
Combine a visit to Moran State park with a trip to Mt Rainier Area or the Olympic Peninsula to make for a nice long adventure.
Information about campgrounds in the State Park for your campervan can be found here.
1) Mountain Bike Season in the State Park is from September 15th to May 15th.
2) With some many lakes in the park there are lots of places to swim and picnic areas to hang out at.
Bikeing Trail Suggestions:
1) Moran Lakes Tour - This is a 15 mile tour that will take you all across the state park and provide some excellent views of mountains and mountain lakes. This entire loop can only be completed from September 15th to May 15th so keep that in mind if you are planning a mountain bike getaway to the island. The trail is extremely lush in some sections and there are some amazing trees along the route to take in.
Hiking Trail Suggestions:
1) Mountain Lake Loop - This is an easy 3.8 mile hike around Mountain Lake which has constant views of the lake all along the way at a very easy grade. If you are only going to do one hike in the State Park this is the best one. You can also add miles to this loop by going out to Twin Lakes.
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