Best Hiking Trails in Deception Pass State Park
Deception Pass State Park's massive cliffs and hanging bridge above churning seawater make this Washington state's most visited state park. With stunning views across nearly 4,000 acres and 110,000 feet of saltwater and freshwater shoreline to explore, it's no wonder it's a gem of the Pacific Northwest.
Please note that there has been a landslide on the trail from North Beach to the bridge, which makes it impossible to do some of these hikes at this time. The trail will hopefully be repaired in the summer of 2020.
Deception Pass State Park is close to both Seattle and Vancouver, BC. It's open year round from 6:30am to dusk in the summer, and 8am to dusk in the winter for both camping and day use. The park itself has 38 miles of hiking trails, 6 miles of equestrian trails and 3 miles of bike trails with plenty of kayaking and water activities and nearly 2,000 feet of moorage available for those exploring the park nautically.
Snag one of the 172 tent sites or 134 partal-hookup sites, just book a reservation in advance, especially during the busy summer months. Alternately, there are 5 hiker/biker sites for those without motorized wheels. And for those with a tiller, check out the 6 campsites on nearby Hope Island Marine State Park.
While here, don't miss visiting the short but sweet Lighthouse Point Loop, the longer Goose Rock Loop via North Beach Trail, or the easy Rosario Head Trail. Pack a picnic, and enjoy the views from atop nearby Mount Erie. Deception Pass is also a great place to visit and camp on your way to Orcas Island's Moran State Park.
When to Go
Because of its low elevation, visit Deception Pass State Park any time of year, though June through September offer the best weather.
Bring your Discover Pass, or purchase one at the park's automatic pay station.
Leashed dogs are allowed at Deception Pass State Park.