Aug 14, 2012
- Type of Outing
- Day hike
- Read More in our Hiking Guide
- Hike: Goose Rock
- Region: Puget Sound and Islands -- Whidbey Island
- Agency: Washington State Parks
- Avg Rating: 3.85
- Why You Should Go Now
- Wildflowers blooming
The area directly around Deception Pass can be quite busy, but it doesn't take long to escape the tourists, as most will not walk more than the few feet it takes to snap a picture of their family against the stunning backdrop of the bridge. I walked the Goose Rock Summit trail today, and I met only 3 other groups of hikers in the 2 hours I was there.
As early as it was, there was noise from Highway 20, though that quickly faded as I ascended into the forest. The trail is in very good condition. It is steep in some places, and occasionally rocky, but I am not in the best physical condition and I managed it without much resting.
The view at the top was obscured by that mist that I welcomed for its coolness, but there was enough visibility to appreciate the view. It would be stunning on a crisp fall day. I was surprised at the wildflowers still in bloom, most notably Indian Pipe. I even saw some flat-spurred piperia at the top. Along the way, there were many gorgeous Pacific Madrones, stunning in their scarlet orange. The top is a study in growth and destruction, with some amazing twisted, bleached trees, victims of wind and lightning. I can see myself up here for hours with a good book and a sack lunch, as the top is full of balding areas to sit and contemplate.
I came back down to my car, taking a last moment to people watch. Visitors do such strange and dangerous things in their efforts to get a unique photo of themselves at the bridge.