Deception Pass to Lighthouse Point

MODERATE 150 reviews

Deception Pass to Lighthouse Point is a 1.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Anacortes, Washington that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from August until December. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

1.9 miles
285 feet

dog friendly

kid friendly



mountain biking

nature trips

trail running





wild flowers

From Seattle, north on I-5 to Mount Vernon. Take Highway 20 west for 18 miles towards Oak Harbor. Entrances to the park are well signed and are located on both sides of the high bridge along Highway 20.

1 day ago

Great little hike. Nice views of the bridge. We had read the previous reviews and did not attempt to hike around the perimeter. For families, you still need to watch little hikers near a few points along the edges.

4 days ago

Beautiful casual hike but I don’t recommend trying to loop it. Next time we’ll stay on the main trail and hike it as an out and back. Everyone is right. It’s a poorly marked trail and can be frustrating if trying to loop.
Still worth it though!

26 days ago

Beautiful views but terrible trail marking. We went clockwise around the loop, and somehow ended up going an extra mile up and down some rock scrambles that brought us to water and a cliff face about 3/4 around the loop. Oops. We had to back track. Would love if the park could mark the trail a bit better.

1 month ago

Beautiful easy hiking nearby.

1 month ago

Beautiful hike with few people this morning. Sun came out on the southern point for a great view.

1 month ago

Be careful. If you try to go around the whole loop it gets too extreme on the north part of the Loop. I would recommend doing the southern half of the loop ie cut across the middle of the island. The trail on the app should be marked the same as the state park map. Definitely not moderate for the trail marked on the app. We had to back track and could not complete the trail as indicated on the app.

2 months ago

Nice morning hike. Saw an eagle, and enjoyed a private beach.

2 months ago

great hike as always !!!!

2 months ago

Fairly easy hike with great views of the water. The weather couldn't have been more perfect for us. The sun was out for about an hour then we got nice cloud coverage. Our pup loved this hike along with the north beach one and Goose Rock summit.

3 months ago

beautiful views but super narrow trails and not marked well, I recommend downloading offline maps/directions.

as for the trail; there's is not lighthouse anymore and all mosses at the top of the island, be careful with footing. My kiddos were able to hike up and my suggestion is great hiking shoes with grip!

3 months ago

Beautiful hike, but note you cannot complete the loop as the map indicates. Also, they might want to rename the island to Green reflector point as there is NO lighthouse there any longer. Beautiful hike with many water views. Only real challenging part of the trail is where it’s obviously no longer maintained and had to turn back

4 months ago

Beautiful hike, and even got to see a whale out in the distance.

5 months ago

Beautiful views of water, islands and mountains - what more can you ask for?

6 months ago

Beautiful Hike. would go again in the spring/summer to get the best sunset view. went while it was raining. So awesome

6 months ago

Great views even on a cloudy day. Enjoyed walking around on a Sunday and exploring the beaches. Dog friendly but be careful as there are some steep cliffs :)

8 months ago

Beautiful views. Like many have said the trails on the north side of the point are really bad, potentially dangerous. They're really steep! We brought a 1st grader and a dog and fell many times. It got really bad so we turned around. Great smooth hike if you keep to the loop on the south side. Would go again.

8 months ago

Beautiful views but poorly marked at times

9 months ago

Nice hike with great views. However- The trail on the north side of the lighthouse loop is really poor. We got lost (with GPS on) and had to scramble up and down some really steep slopes. When we finally made it out we met another group that had experienced the same thing.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Going clockwise around the island/peninsula, the first half was spectacular. It's a stretch to call this hike a loop trail however. Had the kids with me, and accidentally took the black dashed line "trail" down to the water. Wasn't sure we would actually make it back up to the main trail, it was so steep. If you can find the main trail, it's steep in places and almost need to bush-whack to get through.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

07/14 - Beautiful views of the water.

Monday, July 03, 2017

Please note, MIchele's review below as well... once across the beach and into the woods the path will divide into two. If you go left, that is fine - you will slowly climb around the perimeter. But be advised that the path back to where you started actually cuts back across HALFWAY around the island. If you try to do the full circle it is very steep and two of the paths take you down to dead-end rocky beaches. So just a heads up - stay on the larger/clear path and make sure to cut through in the right spot. Otherwise, once across the beach and into the woods, at the fork, you can just go to the right and cut through the woods then - you will then know exactly where to go as most/all of the trail is to the left (counter-clockwise)... but there is 1-2 quick views on your right.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

FYI, if you walk clockwise on the mapped route and want the "easy" trail make sure that when getting half way around you take the right turn that takes you back to the entrance of the loop. If you take the full loop, which this trail appears to be, half way will be very easy but once you hit the north side of the island things get confusing, not well marked, and more difficult. We had a whale watching tour to get to after this hike and we barely made it because we followed the highlighted trail on this site. We got 5/6 the way around and finally had to backtrack because we encountered very steep, rugged trails and realized that wasn't correct. Other than the poorly marked trail, the scenery is amazing and we had a fantastic time. We would have continued down the trail less-traveled to see if it actually had a way back if we weren't concerned about time and getting to the marina.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Whoever rated this as easy is a jerk. The map here on the app, AS IS, is only easy until the last side of the island that heads east to close the loop. This last stretch (the north side i suppose) featured heavy brush and vertical rocky climbs and descents. We had a young child in a carrier and did not appreciate this part of it.

The map in the book that sent us here (75 hikes near seattle) sends you doubling back from the second lookout and then proceeding east to close the loop from the south side of the peak. I should have paid much closer attention to the discrepancy between the app and the book. Lesson learned.

That said, one of the best hikes we have done since moving here. Amazing views, will be back.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Beautiful hikes-wonderful view from every angle!

Sunday, April 02, 2017

Beautiful Deception Pass and water views, you might even see some seals if you're lucky. Great for dogs and easy to navigate. Be careful not to get lost on one of the side trails. Very easy to pay in the parking area if you don't have a pass.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Interesting experience today to say the least. We arrived at the trailhead around 4:15 pm thinking we'd have time to hike this quick 2 mile trail. Headed up the trail as the sun set was hitting the horizon, such a beautiful sight to see. For some odd reason my GPS wasn't locating the trail on may downloaded map? It was taking us on side trails till we ended up getting lost in the brush trying to make our way off the peak. End result being the park ranger waiting for us until we returned to our car. All in all, beautiful trail, well maintained, easy to moderate at times. Discovery Pass needed. Restrooms and big parking area.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

It's super pretty and isn't too difficult for you or your pet there's all sorts of paths you can take to complete the hike my husband and I had a great time and I'm pretty sure my dog did too

Monday, September 26, 2016

Nice loop hike with constant views of the water. Suitable for kids that behave. Be prepared for lots of fellow hikers.

Friday, August 26, 2016

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.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Lottie's loop w the kids. Awesome beach spots for picnics!

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