Deception Pass Bridge and Beach Trail

MODERATE 9 reviews

Deception Pass Bridge and Beach Trail is a 1.2 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Oak Harbor, Washington that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

1.2 miles
534 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly



nature trips




wild flowers


Looking for a safe harbor? Smooth waters? So was Captain James Vancouver in June of 1798. So he sent Ship's Master Joseph Whidbey with a crew in a small boat around the northeastern tip of what was later named Whidbey Island to search for the inner waterway to Port Gardener. Deceived as to the nature of this passage, he wrote on his chart "Deception Pass," and the name stuck. Today the pass is a beautiful and exotic passage for all manner of water craft as they make their way from the many marinas along the island coast to the larger waters of Puget Sound. Whether its flood tide, ebb tide, or slack tide, you can locate yourself on one of the primary viewing points of the passage and ponder the interaction of the skipper, the ship and the sea. To reach Deception Pass by land drive west/south on Hwy 20 from I-5, or north from Oak Harbor on Whidbey Island. Coming from the south you'll see a sign for Deception Pass State Park. Turn left into the park and follow the signs to Little North Beach .... After you've spent some time on the beach watching the currents and tide, head back out to the main road and continue north. Just across the main bridge, you'll encounter a parking area on the right. This is Canoe Island. From here you can walk across either bridge, or you can explore the island under the main bridge and down into the passage. Further north, on the mainland side of the bridge is another parking area with another fantastic view of the passage.

B.E.A.U.T.I.F.U.L!!! Could sit here all day, one of my favorite short hiking areas. Well maintained, great for all skill levels, Discovery Pass Required

1 month ago

1 month ago

I'd advise on hiking the bridge first and when its not raining. There is two parts of the bridge to walk on. You can walk on both sides if you go under the bridge at the end of the trail. Only problem is you have to pay to use the park.

2 months ago

4 months ago

Great views, easy paths, fantastic birding, beautiful teal waters.

6 months ago

7 months ago

love it must see

8 months ago

A well-maintained and easy trail down to Little North Beach. A bit steep in only a few places. Fabulous views from the rocky beach. There are some kitchen shelters along the beach that can be rented.

8 months ago

Stunning views of Whidbey Island and Deception Pass. Great hike.