Deception Pass State Park
Deception Pass State Park
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Deception Pass State Park is a stunning destination that spans a strait and a few islands. Come here for incredible views of Skagit Bay and the Salish Sea from the Canoe Pass Bridge. At Rosario Head, make sure to stop by the tide pools to see colorful birds and an array of marine life. If you're looking for a place to stay, camping by Bowman Bay is an excellent option. You can even enjoy a cozy bonfire at night. In the morning, go for a hike on the park's scenic trails along deep-blue lakes and amid the lush forest. – Tripadvisor
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derrickwg36
Seattle, WA3,691 contributions
Dec 2022 • Friends
Deception Pass State Park & Bridge is an amazing place to visit. The view from the bridge is absolutely incredible, and there are numerous trails under the bridge, leading to the beach. This is a great place to visit, you can spending hours here to taking in the scenery and walking the trails. This is a great place to visit solo or with friends and family.
Written December 3, 2022
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Paul L
Boston, MA13 contributions
Sep 2022
Deception Pass was one of the most beautiful parks I've ever been to. I highly recommend stopping here for a couple hours if you are traveling between Seattle and Vancouver.
My partner and I did the Goose Rock trail, crossed over the bridges, and went to the tidal pools. The views are stunning in every direction. We were there in mid-September so there were ample opportunities to pick and eat blackberries.
We were there for about 2 hours. You could have a great time there for 1-2 hours and see some of the key stuff, or you could also have a great time there for a whole day. There is plenty to see.
FYI the car bridges are pretty harrowing for pedestrians with tall heights and cars/trucks whooshing past you on a very narrow sidewalk. If you are shy about heights or uncomfortable being very close to fast car traffic then I recommend parking closer to the trails you want to do so you don't have to walk across those bridges.
Written November 1, 2022
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Kimberly F
10 contributions
Oct 2022
It is $10 for a day pass and there is a nice mix of shorter and longer hiking options. Pet friendly!
Written October 30, 2022
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The Vista Seeker
Pittsford, NY309 contributions
Jul 2022
We had a team-building event for crabbing off the piers. There is a nice hike to a beach park, with breathtaking scenery along the way. We also had boiled fresh shrimp from a well-known local store.
Written October 18, 2022
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PREugene
Eugene, OR22 contributions
Sep 2022
We spent about 3 hours there, between hiking (easy/moderate) to the top of Goose Rock and then hanging out at North Beach (pebble beach). Beautiful spot, beautiful trails, great for photos from, on, and under the bridge.
Written September 13, 2022
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Joanne N
Fairfax Station, VA28 contributions
Jul 2022 • Couples
We didn’t actually visit the park, but stopped and walked across the amazing bridge and took in the views. A definite thrill and magnificent scenery.
Written September 2, 2022
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Larry David
Seattle, WA10 contributions
Aug 2022
Visited deception pass state park in the morning at around 6 am, lots of parking, beautiful. Not sure if it gets crowded later.
Written August 5, 2022
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828TJA
Everett, WA327 contributions
Jul 2022
This place is gorgeous.

Most people go to the main part of the park, which is on the south side of the bridge, leaving the north part (Bowman Bay) far less crowded. On a beautiful summer weekday the parking lot was barely half full.

Hiking trails in both directions along the beach. CCC built many of the buildings long ago, and they still look great.

Our thanks to friendly Ranger Dave who promptly called an excellent locksmith when we locked ourselves out of our car. (Our T-Mobile unexpectedly had no service there.) He saved us. Thanks, Dave!
Written August 2, 2022
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DouglasCheah
Penang Island, Malaysia20 contributions
Jul 2022
Recently went for a camping trip here at the Quary Pond Campground. In terms of convenience with young kids age 2 and 6 this is definitely highly recommended. First there is power at this campground which is a first for me. My wife wisely packed a hair dryer which was good as it can get colder at night. Warm shower is available although it takes a while for the woman bathroom but it was clean and a large shower room made it easy to bath my 2 year old. There is also a gas station convenient store nearby which is very welcome.

As for activities the Goose Rock hike is a great 45 mins hike with a great view. We accidently went up the tougher path but my 6 year old could handle and enjoy it. I had to carry my 2 year old but once we reached the top there was a good flat area to rest and enjoy the view. The lake on the main State Park was excellent for young kids as they designated a really shallow area for young kids. I could safely leave them to play with water and sand. The beach was also pleasant but a little cold to swim. There was also ranger activities for younger kids that we did make it and kayak rental too.

The con is that the campground was closer to each other which meant if you had a noisy neighbor it is annoying. Flip side is our kids played with other kids so it was fun. It is also close to a military base so you can hear some jet noise which was not too bad for us as the kids got excited hearing it. They do make a spectacular view if you can catch them on a hike.

Overall, this is really convenient place to camp and definitely making it into my list.
Written July 21, 2022
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jeanjaures
College Park, MD7 contributions
Jul 2022
We did a few hikes in the park and visited the tide pools. A naturalist named Aaron showed us a number of cool things in the tide pools that we might not have noticed otherwise. The weather was very pleasant and the park is beautiful.
Written July 13, 2022
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