Deception Pass Bridge and Beach Trail
Deception Pass Bridge and the nearby Beach Trail are a great way to spend an afternoon near Seattle, or just take a quick break in nature if you haven’t got much time. This trail is 1.6 km in length and heavily trafficked. The bridge that spans over Deception Pass is fun for kids and adults alike, and the history of the area can be appreciated at the monument on Pass Island. After enjoying the bridge, you can walk down to the beach to relax.
Deception Pass is one of Washington’s busiest parks, and the trails can get crowded. Try visiting early in the morning or during the week for more solitude.
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Route Description for Deception Pass Bridge and Beach Trail
The Deception Pass Bridge and Beach Trail is a short, easy out and back walk in Deception Pass State Park, one of the most visited parks in the state. This little walk is great for families, joggers, dog walkers, and casual adventurers alike. You can also extend your fun on the connecting trails for a longer outing.
The Deception Pass Bridge is a commonly photographed landmark, connecting Whidbey Island to Fidalgo Island. It was completed in 1935 after a year of construction and has since been listed in the National Register of Historic Places. 15,000 cars cross it every day.
Begin from the parking area. Cross the bridge on your right and walk on the pedestrian walkway, peering down into Deception Pass below. Previously, the only way to cross this stretch of water was by ferry. Halfway along the bridge, you can look to your left to see little Deception Island in the water and to your right to see two more small islands that are part of the state park.
On the other side of the bridge, you’ll reach a turnaround point near the parking area. There is a monument here that details some of the history of the bridge, so take a moment to read up and perhaps snap a few photos before heading back across.
Cross the bridge where you previously did and then take this path down to the beach access. This is Little North Beach, a very popular spot. It’s reached via a wooded path only a tenth of a mile from the parking area. Make this tenth of a mile last, as there are massive old Redwood trees lining your path.
It’s ideal if you can hit the beach at low tide, giving you the most room to explore and wander. Sit down for a rest, teeter along the driftwood, look out over the water. When you’re ready, you’ll retrace your steps back up to the parking area.
Deception Pass Bridge
The Deception Pass Bridge is a landmark of the Puget Sound region. Built in the 1930s by the New Deal’s Civilian Conservation Corps, it serves as both an important thoroughfare and scenic monument. The bridge can be walked or driven, and there is a monument on Pass Island that details some of the history of the bridge.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is the Deception Pass Bridge open?
Certain parking areas for the bridge will be closed until 2022 for construction crews. The bridge itself remains open and you should be able to find an alternate parking location if your plans are impacted by a closure.
Can you walk across the Deception Pass Bridge?
Yes, you can walk across the bridge.
How did Deception Pass get its name?
The pass was named for Captain George Vancouver, who was deceived by the width of the pass.
Insider Hints for Deception Pass Bridge and Beach Trail
- You’ll need a Discover Pass for this hike.
- If you’re very, very lucky, you might be able to spot orca whales from the bridge.
- Arrive before 9 AM for the least crowded experience.
Getting to the Deception Pass Bridge and Beach Trail Trailhead
The trailhead for Deception Pass Bridge and Beach Trail is in the parking area on the south end of the bridge.
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