Goose Rock Trail

Oak Harbor, Washington

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A large monolithic rock on the south side of Deception Pass offers children views of the pass, Cornet Bay, and, from its summit, out over the straits and Skagit Flats. You and your children can circle Goose Rock on a mostly level perimeter trail or go up to its rocky top, where your outlook over north Whidbey Island and Puget Sound is like that from a small plane. On the trail, begin by walking east along Deception Pass, gazing across at Pass Island and its rocky cliffs. Tell children if they look closely they can find an old quarry halfway up one cliff, dug by prisoners early in the century. Prisoners lived below it on the shore from 1909 until 1923, struggling to mine limestone. Escape across the pass by swimming through its currents was impossible. Ask children what they think their lives would have been like as mining prisoners living there.
Best Hikes with Kids: Western Washington & the Cascades

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Best Hikes with Kids: Western Washington & the Cascades

by Joan Burton (The Mountaineers Books)

A large monolithic rock on the south side of Deception Pass offers children views of the pass, Cornet Bay, and, from its summit, out over the straits and Skagit Flats. You and your children can circle Goose Rock on a mostly level perimeter trail or go up to its rocky top, where your outlook over north Whidbey Island and Puget Sound is like that from a small plane.

On the trail, begin by walking east along Deception Pass, gazing across at Pass Island and its rocky cliffs. Tell children if they look closely they can find an old quarry halfway up one cliff, dug by prisoners early in the century. Prisoners lived below it on the shore from 1909 until 1923, struggling to mine limestone. Escape across the pass by swimming through its currents was impossible. Ask children what they think their lives would have been like as mining prisoners living there.

©  Joan Burton/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Oak Harbor
Distance: 1.25
Elevation Gain: 475 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: Day hike
Season: Year round
Trailhead Elevation: 50 feet
Top Elevation: 525 feet
Local Contacts: Deception Pass State Park
Local Maps: Deception Pass State Park brochure
Driving Directions: Directions to Goose Rock Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

5/1/2010
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Great first hike with the boy (1yr old son on my back). Great time easy hike. Trail was in great shape.



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Apr 2018