Deception Pass State Park is a 4,134-acre marine and camping park with 77,000 feet of saltwater shoreline, and 33,900 feet of freshwater shoreline on three lakes. Rugged cliffs drop to meet the turbulent waters of Deception Pass. The park is outstanding for breath-taking views, old-growth forests and abundant wildlife.
Nice easy hike around the point. There are several trails that shoot off from the main trail but it is easy enough to navigate as you can always see the water. A previous review indicated it was not a loop. This is incorrect, the walk is in fact a loop.
The south side with the switchbacks is quite difficult for an older inexperienced hiker like me, but without that being noted on the trail map I didn't know not to take it. Should have known by the switchbacks. It was exhausting on a hot day. Glad I had lots of water. It was beautiful at the top. Got a bit lost on the perimeter trail on the way back. Needs better signage at certain points. Happy 100th to the National Park System.
We walked from the Bowman parking lot to Rosario Beach for the tide pools-- WOW! The hike was mostly flat and smooth-- some great views and beautiful madrona trees. There's a rope that guides you through the tide pools to minimize foot trafftic through a delicate ecosystem. We saw all manner of sea vegetables and lots of urchins, tiny crabs, etc. The tide was coming in, so we didn't stay as long as we might have liked-- check the tide schedule online to plan your trip. What a treat for landlubbers like me!
I recently moved to oak harbor and this bridge caught my eye. There is so many trails down it, it's unbelievable. There's a couple trails you can take kids down by the beach. To get down there your able to start from the oak harbor entrance going down on the left side or there's a rode right before entering the bridge from the same side. WARNING you will need an adventure pass (30/year or 10/day). There is some free days like holidays that are free to everyone!