Friday, August 10, 2012

No. 90 Deception Pass

Deception Pass 

Deception Pass State Park is located 10 miles and 20 minutes from downtown Anacortes along Hwy 20 towards Oak Harbor.  A 4,134-acre marine and camping park with 77,000 feet of saltwater shoreline, Deception Pass State Park offers 33,900 feet of freshwater shoreline on three lakes and 35 miles of trails, this park has national park size and quality.
Known for breath-taking views, old growth forests and abundant wildlife, its topography features rugged cliffs that drop to meet the swirling waters of Deception Pass.
The main feature of the park is the 180 foot tall Deception Pass Bridge, which was completed in 1935. The quarter mile long bridge spans two cuts in between Fidalgo and Whidbey Island. When the bridge first opened in 1935 on average 700 cars crossed between Whidbey Island and the Mainland. Today over 20,000 cars and trucks cross the bridge daily.
There are vehicle parking lots both north and south of the bridge. The parking lot on the south end of the bridge is accessible from North & South Bound HWY 20 , but the north lot is only accessible from northbound HWY 20.
There is a 3 foot wide pedestrian walkway that you can walk out on to get a birds eye view of the waters below. On either side there are paths to get a lower view off the bridge, but the terrain is unstable so solid footing and safety is a first priority. The tidal surges passing through deception pass can exceed 10 knots.

Deception Pass looking South West
Deception Pass Bridge looking south
Under the Deception Pass Bridge
A Look Underneath the South End Tresses of Deception Pass Bridge

Deception Pass State Park

(Discovery Pass Required !!)

Deception Pass State Park features of 35 miles of hiking trails that meander and climb through ancient tress, rocky shorelines and along miles of shoreline. Depending on the current tide levels you can walk out around the bluff in western corner and walk back towards the Deception Pass Bridge.

Looking east towards deception pass
Looking east Back at Deception Pass Bridge
Deception Pass Bridge
Deception Pass State Park
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Eagle Standing Tall
American Bald Eagle sitting out a snow storm underneath the Deception Pass Bridge

Please note: U.S. Navy jets from nearby Naval Air Station Whidbey Island may fly over the campground at any time for several hours. Navy personnel conduct training missions which are not announced ahead of time. Depending on the direction of the wind, their flight pattern may put them above the park, creating noisy conditions for campers. State Parks cannot be responsible for this significant intrusion into your camping experience.