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Orcas Island trails, Obstruction Pass, Orcas Island

Aug 24, 2011

by KnuteB last modified Sep 21, 2011 04:01 PM
Type of Outing
Day hike
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Hike: Orcas Island trails
Region: Puget Sound and Islands -- San Juan Islands
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Hike: Obstruction Pass
Region: Puget Sound and Islands -- San Juan Islands
Avg Rating: 3.17
Hiking Companions
Hiked with kids
Be Aware Of
No water source
Obstruction Pass State Park beach looking east
This delightful ½ mile walk offers access to one of the only public saltwater beaches on Orcas Island.

Years ago, this outing made for a challenging beginner hike for our kids. We enjoyed the bark of the madronas, kept an eye out for nettles, and still remember the hike as the one with the really hot beach pebbles. Now our kids fly on ahead, while we smile at the new young hikers we encounter who seem to stop every few yards for a new discovery. This morning we took a little more time and enjoyed the “sound view” trail along East Sound and the side trip out to Picnic Rock.

The trail head is about 18 miles east from the Orcas Island ferry terminal and about 5 miles past Cascade Lake in Moran State Park.

We know of no drinking water along this hike.
Outhouses are located at the trailhead and above the beach.
State Parks’ Discover Pass required.
Caution: nettles and cliffs.

Link to more photos from our trips to Obstruction Pass:[…]/obstruction-pass-orcas-island.html

Link to the State Parks' Map:[…]/Obstruction%20Pass%20State%20Park.pdf

Approximate GPS @ the trailhead: N48 36.516; W122 49.503
Approximate GPS @ the beach: N48 36.106; W122 49.706
Detail from the State Park’s trailhead map with our notes
Obstruction Pass beach looking east
Picnic Rock with view north up East Sound towards Rosario and Olga
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