Cascade Falls in Washington, Orcas Island

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Cascade Falls

Cascade Falls is nestled amongst old growth forest in the heart of Moran State Park. The winding trail that leads here is cool and green all year long. The Falls are at their most majestic in winter when the volume of water is greatest.

  • Absorb the cool clean air of the forest on the short creekside hike to Cascade Falls 
  • Hike from one beautiful lake to another along the creek that connects them. 
  • The Falls are particularly beautiful and active in the winter. Enjoy the green forest and sparkling icicle bedecked Falls on a cold winter day.

What can I see and do at Cascade Falls?

The Falls are part of Cascade Creek, which connects higher Mountain Lake to the larger Cascade Lake. There is a lovely trail that follows the Creek and leads to beautiful forest vistas as well as views of Cascade Falls. Moran State Park has some of the only remaining old growth forest in The San Juans. Hiking along the deep fern covered forest floor you are surrounded by primordial splendor.

Where is Cascade Falls?

Cascade Falls are near where Cascade Creek leaves Mountain Lake in Moran State Park on Orcas Island. Cascade Creek connects the two main lakes in the park and can be accessed from either lake. To reach Moran State Park from Eastsound head out of town on Olga Road and it will lead you right into the Park.

When is Cascade Falls open?

The Park is open year round for daytime use. There are several campgrounds that are open seasonally throughout the Park. Both of the Lakes that Cascade Creek connects are crystal clear and perfect for swimming. Cascade Lake has an established sandy swimming area with adjacent lawn and playground. The swimming area is also open seasonally.

How much does Cascades Falls cost?

Like almost all Washington State Parks Moran now requires as Discover Pass. The Pass can be bought for individual use at $10.00 or you can get an annual Pass for $30.00.

Who can I call if I have more questions?

The friendly Park Rangers can answer any questions you might have and also give you great local advice. (360) 376-2326.