Goose Rock Perimeter Trail is a hiking trail in Island County, Washington. It is within Deception Pass State Park. It is 1.1 miles long and begins at 174 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 2.3 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,036 feet. The Visitor Info and Tours information office and Discover Pass vending machine and another vending machine are near the trailhead. There are also a parking, restrooms, and an information board.
Goose Rock Perimeter Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"Head east on the Goose Rock Perimeter Trail and after 1 mile, turn right (away from the water) on the Goose Rock Summit Trail. At about the 2-mile point at the junction, follow the Lower Forest Trail reaching, the park headquarters on the road. Backtrack on the Lower Forest Trail to the intersection of the Discovery Trail and turn left. Follow the Discovery Trail, which crosses the road (WA 20) after about 3. 5 miles. Continue for the remaining 0.5 mile of this route to the parking lot.
The run features mostly singletrack trail, with some technical sections and some long, steep climbs. Much of the route is in the forest, although some is open with views to the water, and some sections at the upper reaches are in meadows. Puddles form in the sections outside of the forested areas, and some rocky sections can be slippery in wet conditions."
--Adam Chase & Nancy Hobbs , Best Trail Runs Seattle (Falcon Guides).
"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, Best Hikes with Kids: Western Washington & the Cascades (The Mountaineers Books).
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