Deception Pass State Park

Easy and moderate day hikes for people of all ages along beaches and to the the highest point on Whidbey Island in the southern half of Deception Pass State Park.

on the trail

Goose Rock

Begin on the West Point of Rosario Straight following the beach trail up and under Deception Pass Bridge to Goose Rock and down to Cornet Bay.  Return using several well maintained and popular trails.

north beach

Hike from east to west or west to east and back along the North Beach Trail

west beach

Hike out and back along West Beach and consider taking the Dunes Interpretive Loop Trail along Rosario Strait and Cranberry Lake, respectively.


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


  • Some of  the roads in the park are closed for winter which opens up a bunch of loop options that would be a little more dangerous otherwise (i.e. a risk of cars). See the Land Manager for closures.
  • For day hikes in the north part of Deception Pass State Park, use the Bowman Bay route/place.

Information for Leaders

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, Easy/Moderate
  • Length: 4.3 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 484 ft
  • 484 ft
Deception Pass State Park 41020 SR 20, Oak Harbor WA 98277
  • Green Trails Deception Pass No. 41S

Upcoming Activities

Seattle Nomads Camping Trip - Deception Pass State Park

Youth Youth activity: Nomads
[MARMOT POD] Phase 2 trip for Nomads. Join for a weekend of camping, climbing, and
Difficulty: Easy, Easy/Moderate
Sat, Apr 24, 2021 - Sun, Apr 25, 2021
9 participants 3 chaperones
Registration opens Jan 5
Seattle Branch
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  • Deception Pass State Park
  • Deception Pass State Park: Goose Rock
  • Goose Rock
  • Deception Pass State Park: North Beach
  • North Beach
  • Deception Pass State Park: West Beach
  • West Beach

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