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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.

Driving Instructions:

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.

Hike Instructions:

  • 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 water.

  • 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 glaciers.

  • 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.

Source: USGS

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