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Deception Pass State Park
I've been to Deception Pass a few times, checking out the view from the bridge, but never done any of the trails, so let's check it out! It's a bit of a long drive, but the views can be stunning and I'm hoping the trails will have some great things to see as well. Time Table 7:00 AM - Meet at the I5/SR-512 Park and Ride, North end, across from McDonalds 7:15 AM - hit the road, heading up I5 through Seattle 9:00 AM - stop at the McDonald's in Marysville (Exit 230) for restroom and beverage break 9:15 AM - Head for Deception Pass 9:45 AM - Arrive at parking for Rosario Beach 10:00 AM - hit the trail 3:00 PM - (about) return to vehicles The 3PM return should give us time to stop for lunch at some point, and provide plenty of time for taking photos along the way. Plan for about 7 miles. The map in the image gallery says 9, but the Goose Rock trail was traced twice, and is about 2 miles, so that needs to be subtracted - unless you want to do it twice. Overall elevation change is less than 500 feet with most of the climb along Goose Rock portion of the trail. After, if anyone wants to stop somewhere along the way home for dinner, we can do so. Discover Pass will be needed for each vehicle. It's pretty much all highway driving, so no need to worry about vehicles, so vehicles with higher gas mileage will be preferred for this trek. If you're able/willing to drive, please leave a comment. Other than that, bring your essentials, including trail snack/lunch, water, etc. Getting There * We'll be heading up I5 from the park and ride, stopping at the McD's in Marysville, of WA-20/Exit 230. * After a brief stop, continue West on WA-230 towards Fidalgo Island (about 11.5 miles). * As we get on the island, turn left (at the Fidalgo Country Inn) to stay on WA-20 West (about 5 Miles) * Turn right on Rosario Road (.8 miles), then slight left on to Cougar Gap Rd, then Rosario Beach Road. Our Hiking Route We'll head south on the Pacific NW Trail, turning right to head down to Rosario Head, a loop that takes us past the Maiden of Deception Pass, down to the beach and back up. Then we'll continue on the PNW Trail again, circling around Bowman Bay before turning right to take a short trip down Lottie Pointe Trail and Lighthouse Point Trail (we can decide when we get there which one we'll do first). Then it's back up the PWN Trail to the road, following the road to cross the bridge on the East side (since that's the side the sun will be on... crossing over to connect to the Goose Rock Perimeter Trail, following that down to where we can pick the Goose Rock Summit Trail on the way back... crossing back over the bridge on the West side before picking up the PNW Trail back to the parking lot. *IF* enough people are interested, we could also head down to the West Point/North Beach area, which would add about 2 more miles round trip, and about an hour to our timeline. Be kind to the driver's if you're carpooling. Bring plastic bag and change of shoes in case of wet/muddy conditions. I typically suggest about $5 contribution to the driver for each hour of driving and this is about 4 hours round trip (about 250 miles).

Deception Pass State Park

41020 SR 20 · Oak Harbor, WA


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Tacoma Outdoor Singles is a social group focused on enjoying the great outdoors, from hiking and camping to biking and snowshoeing and more. We welcome members of all skill and experience levels, the main requirement is just wanting to get out and enjoy the outdoors with others. This is a great group to get out there and do the things you enjoy and meet others who do as well. Many of our members have made friendships that carry beyond our posted events.

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We’re not just an “outdoor” group. We like to do other things; movie nights, dinners, bbq’s, wine tasting, dancing, and more.

We’re not just Tacoma. While a large number of our members are from Tacoma and the immediately surrounding area, we have members that join us on a regular basis from Olympia, Bremerton, Auburn and other areas. We've grown, but Tacoma is where we got our start and most of our events continue to be planned with the idea that we’re leaving from the Tacoma area.

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Carpools are often organized and those riding should be prepared to help with gas and pass expenses. $5 to $10 is often common, depending on how far away the destination is. Also be prepared with a change of shoes and a bag to put muddy/wet gear in for the ride home.

Thanks for checking us out, I hope you decide to join us on one of our upcoming adventures!

Disclaimer: Our event organizers are not professional hike leaders/guides. We simply set up hikes and help facilitate carpooling. Our members are adults and expected to act as such - know your limitations, be prepared (ie. the 10 essentials), leave no trace and treat each other with respect. Participation in our activities is at your own risk. By participating, you agree to indemnify and hold harmless Tacoma Outdoor Singles, its organizers and other members from all claims or liability of every type (including court costs and legal fees) for injury or death to any person or for damage to property, loss of personal property or any other wrongful act arising out of or relating to your participation as a member. This agreement applies to you and to other persons (as your guests) who may accompany you in these endeavors.

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