DECEPTION PASS STATE PARK---Cranberry Lake, Goose Rock Loop Hike
This 6 mile hike is in
Island County. It utilizes that portion of the PNT (Pacific
Northwest National Scenic Trail) that goes under the Deception Pass
Bridge, up Goose Rock and the Goose Rock Perimeter Trail to the Park
office on Highway 20.
NOTE: It is
recommended that the hiker purchase a map of Deception Pass State
Park. This map shows all of the trails and is easy to read. Maps
can be purchased at the Park Office, 41020 State Route 20. The
Park office is located on the Whidbey Island side of Deception Pass
Bridge. It is on the east side of SR 20 several blocks north of the
stop light at the intersection of the Cornet Bay and Cranberry Lake
Park entrance roads.
Data: This hike uses
current trails in Deception Pass State Park with some road-side
walking. A Washington State Discover Pass is required to park
anywhere in the Park. SWITMO rates this as an easy to moderate
hike. SWITMO helps maintain trails in Deception Pass State Park.
Drive Highway 20 and,
if coming from the north, cross onto Whidbey Island by way of the
Deception Pass Bridge. About two miles south of the bridge is a
stoplight at the intersection of the Cornet Bay Road and the Park
entrance to Cranberry Lake. Drive into the Park and park in the
large lot at Cranberry Lake.
From the parking
lot, walk toward the Lake and go RIGHT on the trail.
Follow this trail.
It will come out onto the road leading to West Beach. Continue
walking northwesterly on the side of the road.
You will soon see
a boot trail that takes off up the rocks on the LEFT. Follow this
boot trail until it comes back out onto the road. Walk the road a
short distance and then turn LEFT, heading for the sidewalk that
goes along side the building between Cranberry Lake and the salt
Follow this side
walk and then trail, through the woods, and out onto the sandy area
and then cross over logs and walk onto the beach.
Go RIGHT and walk
on the beach north to West Point.
Find the North
Beach Trail at West Point and hike this trail easterly. Near the
bridge the trail will begin to climb and then it will pass under
Deception Pass Bridge.
On the east side
of the Bridge the trail is known as the Goose Rock Perimeter Trail.
Continue easterly on this trail.
Follow the trail
around Goose Rock. You will see Ben Ure Island on your left.
Cornet Bay will come into view.
You will come to
an intersection. Go RIGHT, UPHILL at this point. Continuing
straight ahead will result in a dead-end.
After climbing and
descending on switchbacks, you will come to another intersection
which is signed. Going RIGHT, UPHILL, will take you with
switchbacks steeply up to the summit of Goose Rock itself.
At the summit,
look for a trail going off to the left. This leads to an overlook
and a good spot for lunch. As you walk across the rocks you will
notice striations in the rock caused by rocks drug along by
After returning to
the main Goose Rock Trail, go LEFT, downhill on an old jeep road and
follow it to the Discovery Trail. (Between the summit and the
Discovery Trail, you will pass a trail going down on the right; this
leads back to the Bridge. Later you will pass a trail on your left,
which is the Lower Summit Trail.) Continue descending on the old
jeep road to its intersection with the Discovery Trail.
Turn LEFT on the
Discovery Trail. Follow this to its southern end at a wooden gate
that leads to the Environmental Learning Center.
At this wooden
gate, turn RIGHT on the wide trail and follow it over to the
Deception Pass State Park office on the east side of Highway 20.
Walk the east
shoulder of HWY 20 down to the stoplight and cross HWY 20 with the
light. In a short distance you will come to the car at the
Cranberry Lake parking lot.
Download printable file (PDF)