The east portion of Orcas Island is mountainous. The summit of the island is Mount Constitution at 2,409 feet. Relative to the other mountain areas in Washington it is not high, but the slope out of the sea water is abrupt and steep. East Sound the embayment on the east side of the island could easily be call a fiord. The mountainous upland area has numerous mountain lakes both within Moran State Park and outside the park.
Topographic map of the east portion of Orcas Island
Day Lake is on the north
Just west of Day Lake is a small forested lake that clearly has expanded as part of the lake is full of dead trees. Day Lake Road passes by the east side of the lake.
Day Lake on the right and the unnamed lake in the images above is on the left
1941 image of Day Lake
A forest opening but no lake is apparent to the west
Day Lake Road on the northeast side of Orcas
A drive on Day Lake Road is a mountain road experience as the road descends the very steep northeast slope of Orcas from the lake to Raccoon Point Road. Great views across Rosario Strait to the BC Coast Range, but alas this last trip was a bit foggy just before a sleet storm rolled over the area. The road traverses a slope that is 1,300 feet high with a stead 45 degree or steeper slope all the way to the shoreline.