Day Hike - Bowman Bay


Day Hike - Bowman Bay

Amble along the beaches and cliffs of Deception Pass, Washington’s favorite state park. Amazing views!

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  • Easy
  • Easy
  • Mileage: 5.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 300 ft
  • Pace: 2mph

We will meet at 6:30am at Swamp Creek Park & Ride, located at 3115 164th St SW, Lynnwood, 98037. Drive time should be about 90 minutes from this park and ride.


This should be a leisurely hike with time for pictures and lunch before hopefully beating the traffic and returning to the Seattle metro area. Bring your camera and a lunch, plus plenty of water as there aren't many drinking fountains.

Please note: this hike may be cancelled if the weather forecast calls for bad weather!

Trip plan: we will park at Bowman Bay. From there, we will head south to Lighthouse Point and onwards to the famous bridge. Next, we will cross back over the bridge, heading north, past Bowman Bay, and onwards to Urchin Rocks and the Maiden of Deception Pass area. Finally, we will retrace our steps to Bowman Bay.

We will enjoy lunch at Bowman Bay or near the Maiden of Deception Pass [depending on timing and when we get hungry for lunch] before heading home.

This should be about 5 miles total, without much elevation gain, though not totally flat. Footing can be tricky and slippery, with narrow, uneven trails featuring roots, rocks, mud, and sand. These paths can also be windy and cold since they are right by the water. 

A Discovery Pass is required to park at Deception Pass state park.


Bowman Bay

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials

  1. Navigation
  2. Sun protection
  3. Insulation (extra clothing)
  4. Illumination
  5. First aid supplies
  6. Fire
  7. Repair kit and tools, including knife
  8. Nutrition (extra food)
  9. Hydration (extra water)
  10. Emergency shelter


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