At 40 feet, Cascade Falls Orcas Island is the tallest waterfall in the San Juan Islands. This stunning waterfall is in Moran State Park, on the island’s east side.
Moran State Park is 6 miles south of Eastsound.
Moran State Park is home to incredible freshwater lakes, unbeatable views, and spectacular waterfalls. On this hike, you can see not only Cascade Falls but also check out 3 other nearby falls along Cascade Creek.
Cascade Falls Orcas Island
There are several options for reaching Cascade Falls Orcas Island. We parked in a small pull-off parking area by the south entry arch on Olga Road.
We hiked Cascade Creek trail for .2 miles and reached Cascade Falls. The trail has 2 options: a wider portion for bikes or horses and a hikers-only portion that runs along the creek.
This waterfall has 2 viewing areas. The upper viewing area has a fence along the ridge. However, the best view of Cascade Falls Orcas Island is below the falls.
A short distance (.1 miles north) from Cascade is Rustic Falls. Rustic Falls is the smallest of the 4 waterfalls, with a drop of only 10 feet.
A quick .2 miles from Rustic Falls is Cavern Falls. Of the 4 waterfalls along this trail, Cavern Falls is the 2nd tallest waterfall. It plunges around 20 feet.
Hidden Falls is a bit off the beaten path, as its name implies. To get a glimpse, take a left before the wooden bridge, walk through the trees, and look up.
There is more to see on this hike than just waterfalls. Look down and watch your step. We saw several pacific banana slugs along the path.
Cascade Falls is a must-see when visiting Orcas Island. This pleasant walk is only 1.5 miles and is one of the highlights of Moran State Park. And there aren’t too many places where hikers can see 4 waterfalls with so little effort!
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