An enchanting hike through Douglas Firs to an epic overlooking of the East Sound on Orcas Island

Obstruction Pass State Park is something of a hidden gem on Orcas Island given that its nearby neighbor, Moran State Park, gets most of the tourist attention. What this means is that you can find solitude and quiet, *and* make a visit to the only publicly owned beach on the island.

There are several interconnected trails in the part but Sound View Trail is the only one that leads to an epic view of East Sound. 

To get there you have to first get to Orcas Island (via the Washington State Ferries or some other means) and then follow the main Orcas Island Road all the way around to the East Side of the island, staying left onto Point Lawrence Road at the Catkin Cafe then bearing right onto Obstruction Pass Road following the signs to the State Park.

There is one trailhead that immediate divides with the Sound View Trail heading off to the right. 

Pack List

  • Weather-appropriate attire
  • Bug repellant of some kind 
  • Water (there is no potable water available in the park)
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RT Distance 0.4 Miles
Elevation Gain 50 Feet
Activities Chillin, Photography, Hiking
Skill Level Beginner
Season Year Round
Trail Type Point-to-Point
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Picnic Area
Cliff Jumping


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