Deception Pass to Lighthouse Point

MODERATE 120 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.

DISTANCE
1.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
285 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.

hiking
26 minutes 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 Only real challenging part of the trail is where it’s obviously no longer maintained and had to turn back

22 days ago

3/31/2018
Beautiful hike, and even got to see a whale out in the distance.

1 month ago

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

2 months ago

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

hiking
2 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 :)

hiking
4 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.

4 months ago

Beautiful views but poorly marked at times

hiking
5 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.

hiking
8 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.

8 months ago

07/14 - Beautiful views of the water.

hiking
9 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.

9 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.

hiking
10 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.

hiking
Monday, April 10, 2017

Beautiful hikes-wonderful view from every angle!

hiking
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

hiking
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!

hiking
Saturday, July 16, 2016

I recently moved to oak harbor and this bridge caught my eye. There is so many trails down it, it's unbelievable. There's a couple trails you can take kids down by the beach. To get down there your able to start from the oak harbor entrance going down on the left side or there's a rode right before entering the bridge from the same side. WARNING you will need an adventure pass (30/year or 10/day). There is some free days like holidays that are free to everyone!

Monday, June 27, 2016

Your trail map needs to be updated. It is beautiful but it is not a loop! The trail drops down a cliff, so we back tracked and cut through middle of point on trail. This trail has some significant drop offs so not recommended for young kids.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Amazing place with outstanding views. Was able to spot a seal at the bottom of a cliff hanging out in the water.

hiking
Wednesday, June 01, 2016

Easy hike most of the time through the forest with beautiful views.

hiking
Saturday, May 21, 2016

GREAT view! Loved the view of Deception Pass and seals nearby. We called in "Mermaid Land" because it looks like somewhere mermaids would hang out. Lost the trail around the northern part of the circle and bushwhacked it for a while, though.

hiking
Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Easy trail.

hiking
Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Great trail to hike during the warm sunny days. Lots of great views.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

very beautiful and amazing sights!!

hiking
Sunday, February 28, 2016

Awesome! Great spots to stop and enjoy the peaceful scenery. I want to come back every weekend! Absolutely beautiful.

walking
Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Amazing! Great beaches, great trails, perfect scenery! I'd come to Washington again just for this park!

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