Bowman Bay

Hike trails in the northern half of Deception Pass State Park along the shore of Bowman Bay. Enjoy beautiful views of the San Juan Islands across Rosario Strait. You may also cross the Deception Pass Bridge on foot for the best views of the often turbulent pass and a view of Pass Island.


  • Bowman Bay Rosario Beach - 1.1 mi
  • Rosario Head - 0.3 mi
  • Lighthouse Point - 1.5 mi
  • Canoe Pass - 0.7 mi
  • Pass Lake - 0.8 mi
  • Deception Pass Bridge - 1.2 mi


  • Hiking Trails
  • Sandy Beaches
  • Interpretive Center
  • Fishing Pier
  • Campground


  • Many of the trails are along cliffs or may be quite steep so take caution when planning and during your hike.
  • For day hikes in the south part of Deception Pass State Park, use the Deception Pass State Park: South route/place.


The Mountaineers has a commercial use permit with Washington State Parks for all free and fee-based outings at state parks. Leaders should carry a print or digital copy of our  commercial use permit to show rangers they may encounter. 

  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Length: 4.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 200 ft
  • 200 ft
  • Green Trails Deception Pass No. 41S

Upcoming Activities

April Hikes: 2.5 - 5 miles, 250 - 1,000 feet gain - Bowman Bay

Day Hiking Field trip: GoHike: Beginner Hiking Series
This hike counts toward your monthly required GoHike course hike for April.
Difficulty: Easy
Sat, Apr 8, 2023
No Prerequisites
6 participants 0 instructors
Registration opens Mar 3; Instructor registration open now
Foothills Branch

CHS 1 Hike - Bowman Bay

Day Hiking Field trip: Conditioning Hiking Series
Hike trails in Sharpe Park and Deception Pass State Park along the shore of Bowman
Difficulty: Easy
Sun, Apr 23, 2023
No Prerequisites
6 participants
Registration opens Mar 22
Seattle Branch
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