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Lighthouse Point via Bowman Bay/Rosario Beach Trail

MODERATE 246 reviews

Lighthouse Point via Bowman Bay/Rosario Beach Trail is a 2.4 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: 2.4 miles Elevation Gain: 321 feet Route Type: Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

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
13 days ago

Beautiful trail and an excellent view of Deception Pass Bridge. You see it all! Coast, forest, marsh...you won’t be disappointed! Absolutely breathtaking views!

hiking
1 month ago

The views are gorgeous!!! Fun hike!! Only negative was the trail isn’t marked very well, a bit confusing to follow. We will go again! I wouldn’t bring small children.

hiking
washed out
2 months ago

Wonderful short hike with dog. Varied terrain and growth on perimeter trail from east side of Lighthouse point to west side. North side of perimeter trail is washed out with some branches blocking the way. Park needs to inform hikers and rebuild some areas.

Beautiful views but not well marked.

hiking
2 months ago

I read many of the reviews before going and still had a hard time finding the Lighthouse Point hike. There are no signs for it until you're into the trail a bit. To help find the right spot do the following: Once you turn into the Rosario Park turn immediately left on the Bowman Bay Road (campgrounds) and then left towards the boat launch. The trail is down the fence line past the long pier. Also, you have to have a Discovery Parking Pass ($30) or pay a daily $10 fee which is only accepted in cash or cheque and you deposit it in a metal box in the parking lot. I'm only giving this 4 stars because it was a hassle to find this trail and I didn't know about the parking fees. It was a very easy hike for me and my 10 and 7 yr old girls. I don't think it should be listed as moderate. It was short too since I took the advice not to hike the northern part of the loop. GORGEOUS! We spent a lot of time leisurely enjoying all the beaches and it was a great day! Totally worth it once you know where to go. :-)

hiking
bugs
off trail
over grown
2 months ago

Hiked the bottom portion of the trail closest to Deception Pass first-very well traveled and stunning views! The upper portion of the peninsula is not as trafficked, overgrown and spider webs every step. The trail split, downed trees in areas, and one group of hikers mentioned “precipitous falls” often occur. The map showed a trailer higher than we hiked on that upper loop but the terrain did not allow us to gain access to the actual notes trail until about 1/4mile around. The whole trail even the less traveled was so beautiful!!!

hiking
2 months ago

Pretty easy hike with amazing views around every corner.

hiking
2 months ago

fun trail, quick with great views. We hiked as an out and back to see the bridge... well worth it

hiking
off trail
over grown
rocky
washed out
2 months ago

Don’t go on the northern loop. It simply is not safe. The rest of the trail is beautiful.

hiking
2 months ago

nice trail, but second loop was not marked

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful view!

Straight forward hike to some beautiful points.

hiking
3 months ago

Great hike! Great views! If you think it’s getting wicked hard you might be off the main trail!

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful. Must see.

hiking
3 months ago

Really good trails, some steep climbs but not too bad. Couldn’t take your dog on some parts of the trail. Water was a little smelly.

hiking
4 months ago

great trails whether you've lived here all your life or are just visiting.

hiking
4 months ago

Great hike with lovely view of forest, beach and Deception Pass Bridge. It was an easy to moderate hike.

hiking
off trail
rocky
scramble
4 months ago

Just finished this hike to Lighthouse Point from Rosario Beach through Bowman Bay. Such a beautiful hike. (round trip ended up being 4.73 miles) The wildflowers are out and added beauty and fragrance to the trail. The loop around Lighthouse Point got pretty treacherous on the north side. I don’t know if there was a washout or what, but the trail turned into a climb to where you had to hold on to tree roots to safely navigate the steep descents and ascents. We actually turned back and found a trail that intersected with the trail that cut through rather than the one around the edge. There are many steep drop offs so be careful, especially if you take kids with you. Lots of rocks and roots to navigate, which makes this such a fun hike. The views were spectacular, even with (or maybe because of) the fog we had this morning. Other than the north part of the loop, the trail is well maintained and identifiable. Looking forward to doing it again soon with other people so they can enjoy it too.

hiking
4 months ago

Great hike! Not being from this area,,, I expected to see an actual lighthouse! Silly me, it's called Lighthouse Point!! The views are incredible and the trail is well marked! Take a bite to eat, and spend some time just breathing in the sea air!

hiking
bugs
off trail
rocky
scramble
5 months ago

Great views of the Sound and several sea otters spotted. Cliff faces and edges with deep turquoise waters below. Pretty and quick, can get strenuous when you continue into the deeper woods paths. Many roots and rocks that can get slippery in smaller rains.

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