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Sunday, April 26, 2009

Deception Pass is a pass between two islands -
Fidalgo and Whidbey - rather than two mountain
peaks.  It was named by British explorer, Captain
Vancouver, who thought he was sailing along a
peninsula when he discovered this deceptive
passage between the two islands.

We visited here on a Sunday afternoon during the
busy Skagit Valley Tulip Festival.  After touring the
tulip fields in the morning we escaped the area to
see this nearby sight.

The first thing that attracts you is the bridge
spanning Fidalgo and Whidbey islands with its
magnificent views east and west.  To the west you
are looking towards the Strait of Juan de Fuca and
the southern San Juan islands.  To the east you
can see the distant Cascade mountains on a clear
day.  Small islands dot the waterways of the pass.  
You can see even from high up on the bridge how
the water churns violently as the tide passes in
and out.

The bridge has been made safe for pedestrians in
recent years.  When I was a kid, people would dart
from one side of the bridge to the other, dodging
the heavy traffic.  Now the walkways are protected
by a barrier and stairs have been provided at both
ends of the bridge to pass safely from one side to
the other.

There are several hikes in the area.  From the
bridge we could see a tempting beach below us
(far below), but we opted for the Goose Summit
trail.  This is a half mile walk uphill through a pretty
forest of Douglas fir.  At the summit you come out
to a site of meadow and bald rock that gives a
stunning view to the west.  Here you can see south
down Whidbey island for a long way to the Ebey
Fort state park area.  Beyond that you have a wider
view than from the bridge of Admiralty Inlet, the
Strait of Juan de Fuca, the San Juans, and
Vancouver Island.  We sat sunning ourselves on
the rocks for a long time, resting from the hike and
admiring the view.

Deception Pass State Park

Photo Album

by Bob Kelly
Nye Beach
Deception Pass looking west from the bridge
Beach below the bridge
Bald rocks of Goose Rock Summit
View south towards Fort Ebey State Park
View from the east side of the bridge
Shadow of the bridge