Deception Pass Bridge and Beach Trail

MODERATE 28 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.

DISTANCE
1.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
269 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

beach

views

wild flowers

wildlife

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.

walking
1 month ago

The view from the bridge is stunning. Be sure to take the short walk down to the beach to soak in beautiful views of the clear blue water. This is one of the places that made me fall in love with Washington.

1 month ago

scenic driving
1 month ago

Have ALWAYS loved this place! Jaw dropping perfection! It rained for the first time since June today and it was very windy, SO what I have been waiting for, it must be a Washingtonian thing ;) We walked the trails and the bridge and the pups got to play in the water! Great adventure day for sure!

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2 months ago

Really beautiful hike. Could do most trails in one day. Summit, alongside water, beaches. Beautiful

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3 months ago

Blessed to be surrounded by such beauty! This is a place that never gets old. Gorgeous!

3 months ago

Amazing view!

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walking
6 months ago

So cool! Went in mid-April. There's multiple Parking areas so check different spots if you can't find parking. Need discover pass!

hiking
6 months ago

Gorgeous views. The only problem is, if you go later in the day, there are a lot of people, and a lot of them don't truly understand the outdoors so they are rude and litter, which is a shame.

6 months ago

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