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    Deception Creek Trail

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    15.1 km
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    588 m
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    Deception Creek Trail is an adventurous one. This 15.1 km out-and- back trail is plagued by downed trees, so come prepared to do some climbing and ducking. The trail also can become somewhat hard to follow at times, but with GPS at the ready, you can enjoy a quieter experience than other nearby trails. This hike is hard, but it’s a unique adventure.

    We don’t recommend hiking this when there is still snow on the trail as navigation becomes quite difficult.

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    Route Description for Deception Creek Trail

    Deception Creek Trail follows (you guessed it) Deception Creek. This is a fun, remote feeling trail, but you’ll need to be prepared to hop some downed trees in most cases. We also recommend a potent bug spray.

    The hike begins just past Deception Falls at the end of the forest road. You’ll hug the creek, and for the first 8.0 km, you’ll only need to do some light bushwhacking. Past the 8.0 km mark, expect things to get a little spicier, with bigger downed trees, creek crossings, and more bushwhacking.

    Keep an eye on your GPS if you feel off-trail. The path can get quite muddy in recent rains, so take your time on slick sections.

    The reflected route ends at the intersection with Tonga Ridge Trail. To continue to Deception Pass, you’d go left, but this is a long journey best kept for a backpacking trip. From the junction, turn around and retrace your steps to the trailhead.

    Getting to the Deception Creek Trail Trailhead

    The trailhead for Deception Creek Trail is at the end of Forest Service Road 6088.

    Route Information

    • Backcountry Campground

      Deception Creek

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    • Pets allowed

      Yes - On Leash

    • Family friendly


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    • Route Type

      Out and back

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