Bowman Bay via Rosario Head Trail

EASY 78 reviews

Bowman Bay via Rosario Head Trail is a 3.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Anacortes, Washington that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
3.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
531 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

walking

beach

forest

views

wild flowers

hiking
8 days ago

Beautiful hike with lots of view points and various campsites near by. The hike itself is pretty easy but be sure to bring bug spray because I came home with lots of bites. Lots of spider webs to run into as well. Try to go early to avoid crowds. By the time we left at 9 am the parking lot was full.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful easy hike although the trail loop on the maps here is out of date as lighthouse point trail around north side of the outlet is currently very overgrown and dangerous in some places. Path now cuts through the middle next to a big hollow tree. Fantastic views and scenery the whole hike.

hiking
1 month ago

Just like all the other's have mentioned.... great views, great wildlife, very enjoyable hike....could be a bit slick in spots.

hiking
2 months ago

Great views, wildflowers were blooming, saw seals even! Trail is a bit slick and muddy in spots.

2 months ago

Wish it was better marked but LOvED this hike! Beautiful scenery and fun for all

7 months ago

Beautiful. Lots of roots and rocks to trip but well worth the walk.

hiking
8 months ago

so... I totally got off the trail, ended up climbing down and back up a cliff, was by myself and feared for my life for a second.. but aside from that it was beautiful. The weather was perfect and the views were breathtaking.

walking
9 months ago

Easy hike. Family and dog friendly. Breathtaking views. Quite busy over the Labor Day Weekend.

hiking
9 months ago

Most of this trail was great. However, for those never been here, beware of the last .5 mile between light house point and bowman bay. It was like climbing in steep hills and felt like creating your own trail in the bushes. When checked against google maps, it looked like the person who created this trail took the scenic and uncommon route.

walking
9 months ago

Beautiful!
I took my 3 year old Grandson. He loved it all

hiking
9 months ago

Beautiful views!

10 months ago

Wow! The views are spectacular.

hiking
10 months ago

Gorgeous views on a moderately-easy hike. This is one of our favorite hikes!

hiking
10 months ago

Beautiful views, nice and easy distance. It's a fabulous hike and we highly recommend it.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Such a beautiful state park and great hikes with pull out points that are breathtaking. I spent hours just gazing upon the sea. The rangers at the research center have interpreted nature hikes at low tide. I was able to see sea stars, crabs, cucumbers and more! You can also rent kayaks and paddle boards.

hiking
Saturday, April 22, 2017

Found this hike on this app and I would have to say it was fantastic!!! It was an easy to moderate hike in some spots but definitely not bad! Really enjoyed all the views! Really thought it was a great hike for a beginner!

hiking
Monday, March 20, 2017

An unbelievably scenic hike the whole route. Some brief climbs up and down, but quite easy overall. Lots of lovely spots for a picnic by the water.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Beautiful trail, well maintained, parking area and bathroom facilities. Great for all skill levels. Breathtaking views of the San Juan Islands.

Monday, October 31, 2016

Beautiful hike! Scenic views and fairly flat easy hiking!

hiking
Wednesday, August 24, 2016

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!

hiking
Sunday, July 31, 2016

Amazing!! Great hike, perfect on a beautiful day for those that like to meditate. The views are stunning! I will go back many times, I'm sure of it..

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Beautiful beautiful beautiful!

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Has some great views along the trail. Very busy in the summer. When the trail is rated easy, it is a little bit of a higher end easy, not just a little stroll. We took our Boston Terrier and Dachshund on the trail, some parts were a touch harder for them. This is a great trail to get started with if you are new to hiking or are a flatlander. A great view of Deception Pass. We saw a sea lion in a little cove, eagles, and a kite.

Wednesday, August 05, 2015

Right by the ocean, minimal incline, and a bunch of really beautiful places to sit and enjoy the beach and the forrest at the same time. If you're looking for privacy this isn't the place but that doesn't take anything away from what it has to offer in my opinion.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Spectacular views, and one of my favorite hikes. Having a said that I'm surprised by the the rating of easy! We cut through the middle of Rosario ducked south for the point(Amazing), and then took the trail to the north side of Rosario head. This part was a tiny trail that was exceptionally difficult for our kids and dog. Several areas where we thought we were lost because the trail was so tiny. Checked gps and we were o the right trail, but I would rate this portion as hard.

Amazing views makes this a must,but don't expect a flat easy path!

hiking
Friday, July 03, 2015

The lighthouse point trail is a very short trail. The beginning is steep and can be difficult for small children. Once on top you see beautiful views for miles but be careful you are very high up and there are unforgiving cliff edges.
It was fun to play in the tide pools at the bottom.

hiking
Monday, March 09, 2015

Very easy trials with some fantastic views on a clear day. This would be a great place for a picnic!

walking
Monday, March 09, 2015

Easy trails and great views. Very busy in the summer, though. Best way to enjoy it? Bring your lunch and picnic at Rosario Head, Vista point, or Lighthouse Point instead of the beach.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Easy and relaxing hike with a great view.

hiking
Sunday, June 08, 2014

nice quick and easy trail. trail to the left towards lighthouse point only 1.5 miles but can be longer if you explore other trails. Amazing views!

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