CHS 1 Hike - Deception Pass State Park: Goose Rock

Field trip: Conditioning Hiking Series

CHS 1 Hike - Deception Pass State Park: Goose Rock

CHS hike led at a CHS 1 pace (1.5-2.0 mph). A figure eight loop summiting Goose Rock with a view of the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

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  • Easy, Easy/Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 6.6 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 800 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 500 ft
  • Pace: 1.5 - 2.0 mph

Leave at 8:40 am from the Ash Way Park & Ride and drive to Deception Pass State park or rendezvous at the North Beach lot in the park shortly after 10am. A Discover Pass is required for the state park.

A figure eight loop starting at the North Beach parking lot, heading west to West Beach, then the north shore of Cranberry Lake, cross Hwy 20 to ascend Goose Rock from the south, finally descending to the northeast, crossing our path and passing under Hwy 20 to return to the starting point. See a little history of the CCC work during the Depression to create trails and structures in this gem of the PNW.

The climb up Goose Rock is a bit steep and poles might be appreciated. We'll plan for lunch at the summit if weather permits, otherwise, we might take advantage of one of the numerous picnic shelters scattered in the park.



Deception Pass State Park

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

Ten Essential Systems

  1. Navigation (map & compass)
  2. Sun protection (sunglasses & sunscreen)
  3. Insulation (extra clothing)
  4. Illumination (headlamp/flashlight)
  5. First-aid supplies
  6. Fire (waterproof matches/lighter/candle)
  7. Repair kit and tools
  8. Nutrition (extra food)
  9. Hydration (extra water)
  10. Emergency shelter (tent/plastic tube tent/garbage bag)
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