Deception Pass State Park


Day Hike - Deception Pass State Park: Goose Rock

On the northern tip of Whidbey island, scenic route in one of the jewels of WA state parks.

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  • Easy
  • For Beginners (Getting Started Series)
  • Mileage: 6.5 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 500 ft

Meet at the Green Lake/65th P&R (6601 8th Ave NE) at 7:30 a.m.  More P&R info at

BWS course hikers have preference for sign-up, all members can sign-up from 7/4 - 7/7.  This hike trailhead(TH) does  require a Discover pass(DP) to park.

The trail map can be downloaded from here.

I have put a lot of info into the notes below.  If you have any urgent questions pls reach out by txt or call at 206-696-2297.

If you find that you need to cancel from a hike, then PLEASE let the leader know as soon as possible.  This cannot possibly be over-emphasized.  It’s OK to cancel from a hike after signup closes—that happens to everyone at times.  If you do cancel after signup is closed, then it is a good practice to call/text & email the leader in addition to cancelling on the club website.

If you choose to carpool, contact people from the roster who are in your carpooling area.     (see shared costs below).

Carpooling Wiki:   Hikers can carpool to the P&R and then to the trailhead or informal carpools are also common from the P&R meeting place to the TH for a hike.  The carpool preference/area info is part of your profile on the club website and can be used by riders and drivers for contacting each other.  If you set your profile to public, other hikers on this hike will be able to view carpool info.  Click on the roster tab in the hike trip and click on other hiker names to see their carpool info.  The sooner you touch base with a driver/riders the easier it will be to get meeting details figured out.
Shared Costs: It is recommended that each carpool rider will pay the driver twelve cents per mile, round trip; drivers are encouraged to be fair in determining the total per rider when there are multiple riders. Any ferry/bridge fares or National/state park fees are shared by all hikers in a vehicle as well. Approximate RT mileage from the P&R is 150 mi x .12 = $18.00 carpool calc/rounded.

I encourage everyone to review and to carry the Hiking Essential systems.
Remember to avoid wearing cotton clothing, and no jeans, they aren't safe for our climate when hiking.  It will be cool but hopefully not wet from rain.  We have had a wet year so far and you can expect that the trail will be quite muddy at times, so if you carpool or not, bring a change of footwear and maybe a bag for muddy boots too.
Bring snack foods for the hike, and a lunch for the mid-point of the day.  Also, bring at least two liters/quarts of water.  Have something warm(er) to put on at lunchtime, such as a fleece jacket or a wool shirt.  Gloves and a stocking cap of some kind will help keep you comfortable when hiking or stopped for a break.  And, even if the weather looks clear, bring a lightweight rain jacket; it doesn’t have to be fancy, just waterproof.
We hike RAIN or SHINE.  Sunscreen and sunglasses will help you deal with any sun (you never know!).  A sit pad can be a square piece of blue foam or inflatable(Thermarest) that will make a nice dry spot anywhere for lunch.
Good footwear is essential.  This means footwear designed for hiking.  The preferred footwear is over-the-ankle boots.  If what you currently have are “low” boots or less than that, that’s OK for this trail.   


Deception Pass State Park

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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