Deception Pass State Park—Goose Rock

Whidbey Island Naval Air Station, Washington

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At 484 feet, Goose Rock, in Deception Pass State Park, is the highest point on Whidbey Island. And Deception Pass is also considered Washington’s most popular state park. Is it any wonder? The park offers three campgrounds, the Cornet Bay Retreat Center, and 3 miles of bike trails, 6 miles of horse trails, and 38 miles of hiking trails with 77,000 feet of saltwater shoreline. There are three sizable lakes, sand dunes, and dynamite views of Puget Sound. For plant lovers there is an old-growth forest and rhododendrons—all on 4,134 acres. The only thing marring this perfect place is the intermittent and unannounced flyovers by US Navy jets from nearby Whidbey Island Naval Air Station.
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by Lisa Wogan (Falcon Guides)

At 484 feet, Goose Rock, in Deception Pass State Park, is the highest point on Whidbey Island. And Deception Pass is also considered Washington’s most popular state park. Is it any wonder? The park offers three campgrounds, the Cornet Bay Retreat Center, and 3 miles of bike trails, 6 miles of horse trails, and 38 miles of hiking trails with 77,000 feet of saltwater shoreline. There are three sizable lakes, sand dunes, and dynamite views of Puget Sound.

For plant lovers there is an old-growth forest and rhododendrons—all on 4,134 acres. The only thing marring this perfect place is the intermittent and unannounced flyovers by US Navy jets from nearby Whidbey Island Naval Air Station.

© 2017  Lisa Wogan /Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Whidbey Island Naval Air Station
Length: 6.1
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Duration: 4-5 hours
Season: Year-round
Additional Use: Camping
Features: Wildflowers
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Deception Pass State Park: parks.state.wa.us/497/Deception-Pass. Deception Pass Park Foundation: www.deceptionpassfoundation.org.
Local Maps: Green Trails No. 415: Deception Pass; USGS Deception Pass; DeLorme: Washington Atlas & Gazetteer: Page 55 A-9
Topo Map: Deception Pass State Park—Goose Rock Topographic Map
Guide Book: Best Dog Hikes Washington Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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