“An awesome route from Rosario Beach to Lottie and Lighthouse Points, and back.”
— Isaac Bozeman
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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.
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.