Goose Rock, Deception Pass State Park

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March 2014 with Nancy, Louise I, Helen A, Steffany, Margaret B.

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I’m told that Deception Pass, on Whidbey Island, used to be a regular destination for VNHS trips but that was before my time. Island trips are popular in spring (Galiano and Mayne as well as Horth Hill on Vancouver Island) but this is an island trip that doesn’t require a ferry.

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We started from the end of the road at West Beach in pouring rain. Luckily this was one of those days the weather could only get better.

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In the rain but on a low tide, we followed along North Beach toward the highway bridge, picking up the trail that leads up above the cliffs which support the bridge and beneath the bridge itself.

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Inland from the bridge, the Goose Rock Perimeter trail runs around the base of Goose Rock and above the shoreline of Cornet Bay. Views of Ben Ure Island (named for a colourful early Scottish immigrant to the area).

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Then up the Goose Rock Summit trail on the south side of the hill. The summit is covered by grassy meadows, but the flowers were still a couple of weeks away, so next year we’ll try it in mid-April.

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Yes, the weather and the views did get better. We completed the circuit around Goose Rock and came back to the North Beach trail, though with the tide coming in we had to find our way back into the woods for the last part of the hike back.

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