Explore the most popular beach trails near Anacortes with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

beautiful hike with great views and lookouts. although very easy to lose the trail and get lost. don't recommend without a GPS if you are doing it for the first time.

I would rate this hike 5 stars, however; I could not find the 2nd half of the trail. Ended up climbing down a rock cliff only to find that it dead ended at the beach. Had to backtrack and take another route to get back to the parking lot. Other than that, it was a great hike. Fairly easy, well maintained trails, gorgeous views and abundant wildlife.

No Lighthouse!! But none the less a beautiful hike. Easy enough for the whole family. Tried to add on the moderate part of the hike and had to back out, not traveled enough and I am not experienced enough.

walking
2 months ago

Not sure why this is labeled “moderate”? It’s a really flat, easy, walking trail. Beautiful views along the water. Locals walk their dogs on this trail. Lots of wildlife. Saw an osprey today. Have seen eagles also. When tide is out, a sandy beach fun for kids. There is a parking area within the housing development, just keep driving west and down to the water on Edwards Way. Or a small parking area at Kansas Ave with stairs leading down to trail.

Easy walk (I wouldn’t call it a hike). Great views, got to see some sea otters and some birds. Easy for all levels. Make sure to arrive early to get a parking spot

I agree with the previous reviews. Poorly marked after the 3/4 (lighthouse)mark. Turn around there and go back the way you came. Pretty scenery and views.

Dont take all loop, you lost your way. I recommend you to go through the lighthouse point loop.

Nice hike and views for 3/4 of trail. The last 1/4 the trail disappeared and was very difficult to find a way out. This app helped! Next time I would do 3/4 to the point and backtrack.

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.

mountain biking
3 months ago

The mountain biking is closer to moderate than easy but doable for our whole family and really fun! Warning...it’s a bit confusing following the trails but getting lost isn’t a big deal since it’s just a series of intertwining loops and connector trails. Anacortes bike shop has a detailed map (even though no one at the shop has actually mountain biked there). Cranberry lake is a beautiful little lake!

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!

Hike really beautiful but a portion of trail overgrown, full if bandit trails which you can easily to get lost and some parts are dangerous. This hike made me almost uninstall this app.

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.

Beautiful easy hiking nearby.

road biking
4 months ago

Warning. Access to the trail is no longer available from the marina. If you can walk your bike down a couple of flights of stairs along a forest trail and down three more flights of stairs, you'll be rewarded with a great little paved path that's quite wide and has great views of the Guemes Channel. It will end at the beach next to the Ferry Terminal.
Or just ride to the terminal and ride onto the path... out and back is about 3 miles.

One of my favorite hikes. The views you get are amazing. We were blessed with abundant sunshine today and it was breathtaking.
We started at the Rosario head trail and made our way to lighthouse point. We read the reviews saying that the north side of lighthouse point was dangerous and we thought we were avoiding it but we didn’t. We made it down an extremely steep bank to a rocky beach and ended up having to turn around and head back the way we came. AVOID THE NORTH END. It is definitely not safe. If we didn’t have so many little kids with us, we would have seriously considered swimming back to the main shore to avoid the going up the bank we came down. Even with that scary part of the hike we all loved it and would definitely do it again. All the kids loved it. We had around 20 kids in our group ranging from 1 to 12 and they all did great.

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

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.

beautiful trail. watch the offshoot on the lighthouse trail, this fork isn't obvious for which is the official trail and which lands you on a goat trail that's pretty gnarly

Beautiful hike with lots of view points and various campsites near by. The hike itself is pretty easy but be sure to bring bug spray because I came home with lots of bites. Lots of spider webs to run into as well. Try to go early to avoid crowds. By the time we left at 9 am the parking lot was full.

Very easy trail with astonished by views of deception pass. Is not super known since most people focus on the other side of the pass. Quite magnificent and good for all skills. There is no lighthouse :-)

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

Not well marked, but a really beautiful hike. As a beginner and a hiker of size not the best hike (lots of elevation and very skinny trails) but so much fun and again very beautiful.

great hike as always !!!!

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.

Beautiful easy hike although the trail loop on the maps here is out of date as lighthouse point trail around north side of the outlet is currently very overgrown and dangerous in some places. Path now cuts through the middle next to a big hollow tree. Fantastic views and scenery the whole hike.

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!

hiking
6 months ago

There are difficult hikes in here as well as flat ground. Be sure to pick your trail wisely as there are about 30! The full hike around the lake usually takes a couple hours, it’s gorgeous!
There are smaller trails that can fill just twenty minutes as well.

Easy trail for the whole family. Beware ferry traffic and tulip traffic (we went in mid-April).

hiking
6 months ago

Great trail that circles the lake, there's also a small cave on the northeast part.

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