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Lighthouse Point via Bowman Bay/Rosario Beach Trail

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Deception Pass State Park

Lighthouse Point via Bowman Bay/Rosario Beach Trail is a 2.4 mile heavily 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.

Length 2.4 mi Elevation gain 321 ft Route type Loop

Dog friendly

Kid friendly

Hiking

Mountain biking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Running

Beach

Forest

Views

Wild flowers

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Getting There

WARNING: DO NOT HIKE THE NORTHERN SECTION OF THIS TRAIL. IT IS DANGEROUS AND NOT MAINTAINED BY THE PARKS DEPARTMENT. Stick to the southern loop which is maintained. Be safe.

Day use fee to park, annual State Parks Pass accepted

Deception Pass State Park Highway 20 Oak Harbor, WA 98277 Tel: 360.675.2417 http://www.parks.wa.gov/parks/?selectedpark=Deception%20Pass

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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Recordings (344)
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Lee Wallace
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HikingFeeGreat!

Fantastic views of Deception Pass. Great mix of forest and beach side trails. Highly recommended!

Danny Aranda
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Hiking

WARNING: DO NOT HIKE THE NORTHERN SECTION OF THIS TRAIL. IT IS DANGEROUS AND NOT MAINTAINED BY THE PARKS DEPARTMENT. Stick to the southern loop which is maintained. Be safe.

YiFan Wu
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Liudmila Romshøj
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HikingRocky

Great trail with great views! Kids friendly all the way except the northern part of the island. We attempted to close the loop via the northern part with our 6 and 8 yo kids, but had to turn back as the trail became too tough and unsafe for the kids: narrow, with having to climb over ledges, lots of steep drops right near where you walk.

Kacie Bittner
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Hiking

Gorgeous views!

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Saul Sanchez
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Hiking

Awesome trail with beautiful views! Hiked with my 5 year old daughter and we encountered a deer which was awesome !

Steve Friedman
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HikingRocky

Be warned the northern east part of the island on the cliff is very tough and not moderate hiking friendly. Go through the middle portion on your way back to the parking - don’t go around the northern edge post the light house.

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Talha Nafie
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HikingRocky

Nice views all around. Highly recommended

Mariah Enerson
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Hiking

We loved this trail! It got a little tough with a 4 month old at some points (downhill/rocky), but the views are stunning!

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kaholoas .
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Hiking

A bit hard to find your way at times, but pretty sea views.

Brooke Williamson
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Hiking

Gorgeous day. Being a Wednesday we were the only people on the trail

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Kiran Sondhi
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Hiking

Everything about this place screams: Golden Gate Bridge!! Expect it’s in Washington... so if you want to take the long way to Seattle go this way. Super high up and you can camp down below. Fun trails looping through it all.

Andrii Romaniuk
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Hiking

Good and dynamic trail for all family. Wonderful views

Josiah Dover
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wonderful trail, very easy. can be noisy, especially with fighter jets flying overhead nonstop

Levina Duivesteijn
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Hiking

Beautiful views over the water. Some parts were definitely challenging/adventurous - also because we lost the trail at some point, despite looking at the map frequently. Wouldn’t recommend for small kids because of the challenging steep/climbing bits. Our Sheltie dog was fine doing this trail, we did carry her over a couple steep bits.

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Haley Jane
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Hiking

make sure you have GPS to help navigate!

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Sai Anirudh Vemulakonda
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HikingGreat!

Very scenic and an easy trail for beginners

Becky Carricaburu
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Hiking

had to cut short due to time constraints but was beautiful hike! one of my favorite hikes I've ever done in Washington.

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Kaitlyn Dougherty
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was fun I think I got lost on the counter perimeter. ended up back tracking and going the middle route by the light house.

Joseph Bae
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We hiked this trail on Saturday morning with a group of 6. We avoided the top path and took the lower path, then came back through the middle. The trail is in good condition and features breathtaking views of the bay. We even saw a few seals swimming and playing in the water below. This trail is very, very worth it. The only minor disappointment is that the "lighthouse" is really just a square box with a LED light on the top. If you want to get closer to the lighthouse, you'll need to climb down from the trail (there is a rope) and then climb back up (also via rope) to the small island(?) patch of land which the lighthouse sits on.

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Skyler Camphouse
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Hiking

Always a short and beautiful getaway. A few good spots to kick back, take your socks and shoes off, and hang in the grass. Not to mention a short rope climb to actually get onto Lighthouse Point. Note that the bottom of the rope is not secured, only the top, so you should be careful when climbing up.

J. Dean
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Hiking

Started out at Rosario head parking area which added a couple miles. The north loop at bowman bay got too hard at the very end of the loop but there was a trail taking you back to the cross island trail.

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Jian Zheng
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Hiking

The trail had some beautiful views! It was pretty gradual incline the whole way. Loved seeing the bay and water during the hike. Definitely would recommend as a way to explore the state park.

Jenn Willson
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HikingBugsScramble

Great trail with awesome views! A little bit steep in some parts which makes it difficult for dogs. I accidentally took a wrong path that looked like the trail but ended up being incredibly steep requiring serious scrambling and it led straight to the water. This section is marked on the map with a small dotted line and red square--beware.

Serge Lobatch
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HikingOver grownScramble

This hike is really easy with really great payoffs, except for the northwest corner of the hike, which gets a fair bit harder, as it’s overgrown, requires some scrambling, and doesn’t have any trail markers. It’s a fun adventure, but the trail down the middle is probably a safer bet if you’re looking for something more casual.

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Erin Murphy
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HikingOver grownScramble

So beautiful! Every turn is another amazing coastal view. Basically the whole hike has views. Most of the trail is really easy, except the very end at the North side of the loop where it's a bit overgrown and at a few points, have multiple paths which get confusing. For an easier hike, take the trail that cuts through the middle.

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