Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail: Deception Pass-Keystone
ElevationAscent: 1,424' 434 m
Descent: -1,547' -472 m
High: 356' 109 m
Low: 2' 1 m
GradeAvg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 32% (18°)
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“The Whidbey Island portion of the Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail.”— Isaac Bozeman
Features Birding · Commonly Backpacked · Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek · Spring · Swimming · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife
NOAA tide charts: tidesandcurrents.noaa.gov/n…
Bring money for the Keystone Cafe (across from ferry terminal). If you intend on taking the ferry to Port Townsend, here is a link to WSDOT website: wsdot.com/ferries/schedule/…
Island Transit: islandtransit.org/
After you get off the bridge, take a left onto the Goose Rock Perimeter Trail. Follow that until you come to the cross trail of Goose Rock Perimeter Trail and the Discovery Trail; take a left, and follow this until you come out on Cornet Bay Rd. Take a left and follow the road until you come to a white gate. That is the beginning of Cornet Bay Road. Follow this until you see a trail on your right, the East Hoypus Point Trail. Take this until a you see a road on your left, Anglers Haven Drive. Follow this until the road ends on East Troxell Road. Take a left, and follow this road, it will merge onto Jones Road. Follow this until you reach a left hand turn onto Dike Road. Follow this until you reach East Frostad Road. Take a left, then take a right onto Taylor Road. Follow this until it merges onto East Fakema Road. Follow this until it dead ends on SR 20. Take a right, follow the highway until you see the two large plains, and take a left on Ault Field Road. Follow this until it merges into Clover Valley Road, follow this onto Golf Course Road. Follow this until it dead ends onto Crosby Road. Take a right, follow this until you see a trailhead for Moyers Loop. Follow the trail to the parking lot. Make your way to the beach. Take a left, and follow the beach (or West Beach Road if tides are high) until you reach the ferry.
While the entirety of this trail is gorgeous, I will list a few of the best points.
1: Deception Pass Bridge: This is the main attraction of Deception Pass State Park, causing the park to get nearly 3 million visitors a year! Words cannot express the beauty of the area.
2: Cornet Bay Road viewpoint: If you have the time, head out to the end of Cornet Bay Road, turn around and you'll have an unbeatable view of Deception Pass Bridge.
3: Clover Valley and Dugualla Bay: When you are running down Dike Road, stop in the middle of the bridge. Take a look around you. Lush farmland to your right, and an expanse of ocean to your left, forest behind you, and hills in front of you. This is definitely one of the best views on the trail.
4: Joseph Whidbey: Once you reach the parking lot at Joseph Whidbey, you can see straight out to the ocean. You can see the Olympic Mountains, The Cascades, Mt. Rainier (on a good day), Mt. Baker, and Canada.
5: The whole thing.
Other land managers and organizations that take care of this part of the trail are:
- Deception Pass Foundation
- Deception Pass State Park
- Joseph Whidbey State Park
- Fort Ebey State Park
- Fort Casey State Park
- National Park Service
More information can be found about the PNT can be found here.
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