Goose Rock Trail Professional Review and Guide
"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."