Hiking (or Trail Running) Lighthouse Point Trail

Deception Pass State Park map excerpt showing Rosario Beach and Bowman Bay

Deception Pass State Park map excerpt showing Rosario Beach, Bowman Bay, Lighthouse Point and Lottie Bay

After the morning low clouds burned off on Sunday, we had a spectacularly sunny day. Unfortunately, I was not the only one who noticed. In addition, because it happened to be Oyster Run 2014 weekend, there were plenty of bikers around as well. I decided to hike Lighthouse Point Trail at Deception Pass State Park starting from Highway 20, just south of the Deception Pass bridge.

Sign along hiking path to Lighthouse Point in order you'll see them: trail head, turn left (go down hill) at Pass Lake sign, continue towards Lighthouse Point

Sign along hiking path to Lighthouse Point in order you’ll see them: trail head, turn left (go down hill) at Pass Lake sign, continue towards Lighthouse Point

If you blink, you’ll miss it, so I’ve included a collage of the trail signs. Although it says “Lottie Bay 0.4 miles, Bowman Bay 0.6 miles, Pass Lake 0.2 miles,” it is also the trail head to Lighthouse Point. Park along the log-guardrail near the trail head which is a five minute (or less) walk from the south end of the southernmost bridge. This first part of the hike is noisy as you can hear every vehicle pass by because it parallels Highway 20. At about 0.3 miles, you’ll see a sign dead ahead that says “Pass Lake 0.6 miles.” Turn left and head down the hill (as you turn the sign on that face of the post says, “Lottie Bay 0.2 miles, Bowman Bay 0.4 miles”). Within a few minutes you will reach the intersection of the trails that lead to Lottie Point, Lighthouse Point or Bowman Bay. Soon you will see the sign towards Lighthouse Point (if you continue straight at this point you’ll head towards Lottie Bay). Head right and continue along the beach parallel to the water or walk perpendicular to the beach to a trail that takes you to the same place. The trail begins as a lollipop, but within a few minutes you’ll reach a Y and may choose a clockwise or counterclockwise loop. Heading towards the left will take you to a great view of the bridge. In fact, for most of the loop you’ll experience great views. If you keep turning right at every trail intersection, you’ll easily find your way back to the Y where you started.


Along the Lighthouse Point hiking trail, mushrooms, yellow flowers, white berries, the Y at the loop, rock cairns, foggy tree silhouette

On the way to the Y, I photographed some local flora. At the point along the trail that you can see both bridges, I noticed that someone had created rock cairns. The fog had not quite lifted towards the west but from past experience, I know that the view on a clear day is awesome. Before backtracking up the hill to your vehicle, take ten minutes to hike over to Bowman Bay. It’s worth the effort. This is also a great location for trail running.

On the same day in September (28, 2014) that I found a willing subject in a Blue-eyed Darner dragonfly at Rosario Beach in Deception Pass State Park, I also got a neat shot of a plant known as the Snowberry, for obvious reasons. These two photos, which I shot in succession, show the advantage of a proper camera angle. This one was first.


Then this one.


I will forever remember that day because after I’d crossed the beach leading to the loop part of the Lottie Point Loop trail, and noticed a Desert yellow daisy (see collage above) in bloom,

I encountered a stocky twenty-something year old man carrying a utility bucket filled with orange-paint marked butcher paper with tape leaving the area. He acknowledged me as he passed, so I got a decent look at him (blondish red buzz-cut hair). I thought at the time how considerate it was of him to pick up after whatever type of party it seemed he’d just participated in. I was mistaken. Not long past that point I noticed his vandalism, which I include here not to give him fame but to let him know that I know who he is (well, I wish) and I saw what he did (the finished product) and I stopped by the DPSP office to report the incident, though there wasn’t much they could do.


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