This is a lesser known trail system at Deception Pass. Let's check it out. Please read all the information and links below. Possibility of checking out other parts of Deception Pass while we are up there. Bring a picnic lunch. Dogs on leash No children under age 12. Hoypus Forest Hoypus Forest is split into two main areas. To the north is Hoypus Point Natural Forest Area, one of the largest remaining old growth forests in Washington. Among the attractions is a portion of Cornet Bay Road that is now closed to vehicles with views of Cornet Bay and the Deception Pass Bridge. The road provides access to Hoypus Point, the old launch location of the Deception Pass Ferry (read more here (http://www.deceptionpassfoundation.org/around-the-park/bridge/)). The CCC Crossing trail, which was once used by Civilian Conservation Corps members to haul lumber for park structures, meanders east to west through the forest. With the exception of Cornet Bay Road, no bikes or horses are allowed in this area.
To the south is Hoypus Hill, which features a mixture of forest types and ecosystems. The multi-use trails (horses and bikes allowed) run through mature forests, alder groves, and even around the perimeter of a bog. Among the highlights is Julie Trail, a steep connection between the Old Hoypus Hill Logging Road and Fern Gully through a swath of enormous sword ferns.
Click here to view park map. (http://www.deceptionpassfoundation.org/maps/)
From Seattle head North on I-5 to exit 230, head west on State Route 20 for 18 miles to Deception Pass Bridge. One mile beyond at traffic light, turn left onto Cornet Bay Road, Reach trailhead in 2 miles.
In consideration of others, if you do not plan on attending this hike please change your status. This allows those that are on the waitlist to attend. It also means we do not wait unnecessarily at the trail head for those not showing up.
Dogs are required to be leashed on this hike. If you decide you want to unleash your dog, it must be under voice control, stay on the trail, and away from leashed dogs. Give your self and dog adequate space from others. Please respect other hikers on the trail and restrain your dog when approaching or being approached by others. This will be the first meeting for many of the dogs, so let them get acquainted slowly as we walk. It takes time to form a pack. Not all dogs want to be greeted exuberantly, so take care and precaution. Also, dog waste needs to be buried (6 inches) or carried. Leaving along the trail to be picked up later is an eyesore for others , even in a bag,(especially with the number in our group) and is sometimes forgotten on the way out.
Please be courteous and use proper trail etiquette.
I have info in the pages section of this site (see top section on web site). Please review, good advice about what to bring and about hiking with a dog.
Also, please read the Bear Safety discussion and tips page in discussion section and pages section