Deception Pass Bridge and Beach Trail

MODERATE 48 reviews

Deception Pass Bridge and Beach Trail is a 1 mile heavily trafficked out and back 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
1.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
377 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

beach

forest

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.

10 days ago

This trail is not too hard and it captures the views of deception pass beautifully!

hiking
2 months ago

You can park on either end of the bridge, think best to park on the north side so you can read about Deception Pass and walk across. Path takes you under the bridge and down a lush fern edged trail to the beach which is absolutely beautiful at sunset. Short hike with great views, spectacular scenery. Can be sunny or shrouded in mist/fog. Don't miss it.

hiking
2 months ago

Absolutely stunning, quick hike. We timed our arrival at the bridge with sunset, which was out-of-this-world breathtaking. Definitely make time to go if you’re in the area!

hiking
2 months ago

A very nice place. Great scenery with breathtaking views. Love the place.

hiking
2 months ago

Great views from atop the bridge, well worth your time to stretch your legs and talk a walk. North side pull out parking is free, every where else is $10 for the day $30 for the year. Free bath rooms at South end parking lot.

walking
4 months ago

So unexpectedly beautiful views on a windy day in February. Perfect Sunday adventure for Washingtonians.

6 months ago

So many amazing views. Even in January it was a little busy. But it was a perfect sunny day.

hiking
7 months ago

So much fun, Great for kids and families, pets. Fun views and beautiful scenery at the beach end. I recommend to see the bridge from below and up on top. Easy walk in the park.

7 months ago

Make sure you’re there for sunset!

walking
9 months 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.

scenic driving
9 months 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!

10 months ago

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

11 months ago

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

11 months ago

Amazing view!

walking
Saturday, April 29, 2017

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
Saturday, April 29, 2017

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.

Friday, April 28, 2017

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

hiking
Friday, March 10, 2017

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.

Monday, December 05, 2016

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

hiking
Thursday, September 15, 2016

love it must see

hiking
Wednesday, August 24, 2016

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.

hiking
Wednesday, August 17, 2016

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

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