Deception Pass to Lighthouse Point

MODERATE 94 reviews

Deception Pass to Lighthouse Point is a 2 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.

DISTANCE
2.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
272 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

beach

forest

views

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.

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25 days 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.

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3 months ago

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.

3 months ago

07/14 - Beautiful views of the water.

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4 months ago

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.

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5 months ago

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.

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5 months ago

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.

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