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Rosario to the Points and Back



4.1 mile 6.7 kilometer loop
92% Runnable


Ascent: 534' 163 m
Descent: -534' -163 m
High: 110' 34 m
Low: 11' 3 m


Avg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 22% (12°)


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Trail shared by Isaac Bozeman

An awesome route from Rosario Beach to Lottie and Lighthouse Points, and back.

Isaac Bozeman

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Spring · Swimming · Views · Wildlife

Entry requires a valid Discovery Pass. Park and trails close at dusk.


This run will take you from Rosario Beach out to Rosario Head, before taking you around Sharpe Cove and Bowman Bay, out to Lighthouse Point, Lottie Bay, and Lottie Point.

Need to Know

This is an awesome trail that is a classic.

Runner Notes

Watch out for roots.


Start at the Rosario Beach parking lot. You'll see a trailhead, follow that right up and around Rosario Head on the Rosario Head Trail. You'll then take a right on the Bowman Bay/Rosario Beach Trail and follow that around Bowman Bay until it comes to a "Y" intersection with Lottie Point Loop and Lighthouse Point Loop. Take a right onto Lighthouse Point Loop.

Follow the trail up and around Lighthouse Point. Once you come back around to the "Y" junction, stay right on the Lottie Point Loop trail. Follow it up and around Lottie Point. Follow Bowman Bay/Rosario Beach Trail back to the parking lot.

The area has a lot of awesome features that make it more than your average run. I will detail them below:

1. Maiden of Deception Pass: This is a very neat carved sculpture depicting a mermaid-like creature holding a giant fish. There is a interpretive sign at the base for more information.
2. Rosario Head: This is the first point you'll go out onto. It is a sight to behold, as you can see a mess of islands, the open ocean, and Canada.
3. CCC Interpretive Center: This is a really cool walk-in museum on the CCC who developed the area. It is free and is a walk-in-walk-out type of thing.
4. Bowman Bay Pier: Need I say more? It is totally awesome! It is a great place to swim or fish.
5. Lighthouse Point: This is an awesome point that offers scenic vistas of the scenic surroundings. There is a 'light station' on the point, but it is small and not anything like a lighthouse. It is run by the UNCG.
6: Lottie Point: This is a gorgeous place to get a spectacular view of Deception Pass Bridge.

Flora & Fauna

Pines, ferns, ivy, bull kelp, etc.

History & Background

This is the site of the Deception Pass CCC camp, and Bowman Bay had a fish hatchery at one point. There is also a CCC interpretive center just off the trail.

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Mar 26, 2019
Zach Walker

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Fog rolling over Deception Pass Bridge.
Jan 4, 2018 near Oak Harbor, WA
Sunset on the Rosario Head Trail.
Nov 6, 2017 near Anacortes, WA
Deception Pass Bridge, from Lighthouse Point.
Jan 3, 2018 near Oak Harbor, WA
Bowman Bay
Jan 3, 2018 near Anacortes, WA
Another great view over the water to Desolation Pass. You can often see sea otters here playing in the water.
Oct 8, 2017 near Oak Harbor, WA
Views from Lottie Point.
Mar 17, 2016 near Oak Harbor, WA

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