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Deception Pass State Park - All Womens

Volunteer Vacation

Sun Sep 5, 2021 4:00 PM — Fri Sep 10, 2021 3:00 PM

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Puget Sound and Islands

Features: Earn Discover Pass

Crew Leader: Lisa Black

Deception Pass bridge from lighthouse point. Photo by Tom Roe.


Camp for a week at one of the gems of the Washington State Parks system and help repair trails that are part of WTA's Trails Rebooted campaign. This trip is for all volunteers who identify as women. You'll improve structures built by conservation crews of the past, and spend evenings camping together under the stars. No prior experience necessary for this all-women's trip.

About the Area

Deception Pass State Park is one of the most popular Washington state parks and it is easy to see why. There are beautiful beaches, mature woodlands, great views, lakes, and a variety of hiking experiences.

Because of it's popularity, the trails here are included in our Trails Rebooted campaign. Be part of the movement by joining this work party!

What to Expect

We'll have fun, work hard and make a difference!

Project Description

Trails in this popular state park need a variety of maintenance to keep them safe for hikers and to minimize impacts on the surrounding area. You might be pruning back overgrown vegetation, replacing failing structures, or digging new paths for water to flow off the trail.

We may also restore the tread of the trail, which involves digging the trail surface to the proper width and slope as well as removing organic material, protruding rocks and roots.

Camping and Hiking Information

  • Type: Tent camping
  • Location: East Cranberry Lake Group Camp
  • Shower: Indoor at Marina
  • Weather: Be prepared for variable conditions including heat, cold, wind and rain

Our hike to the project site is expected to be 2-4 miles roundtrip over flat or gently rolling terrain.


  • Day 1 (Sun): Meet the crew rain or shine.
  • Day 2-4 (Mon - Thurs): Trail work day. Gather for breakfast (7:00 AM) then hike to the project site (8:00 AM). Work at your own pace, take plenty of breaks and enjoy lunch on the trail. By 3:00 PM, hike back to camp to enjoy snacks and unwind before dinner (6:00 PM). Help with a different camp chore each day including meal preparation and cleanup.
  • Day 5 (Fri): Potential half day of trail work, break down camp, head out and say goodbye

For safety reasons, arriving late or leaving early is not allowed.

Planning Information

Get ready for a great vacation!

What it Takes to Do This Work Party

  • A great attitude for working with a team
  • Camping gear/food and trail work gear; WTA provides training, tools and great food
  • Good physical condition to be physically active for about 7 hours daily on uneven terrain
  • Day work party experience recommended
  • Flexibility to adapt to changes due to unpredictable weather or land manager requests
  • Minimum age: 18

What to Bring

  • Boots
  • Long pants 
  • Work gloves
  • Long-sleeved shirt recommended
  • Eye protection recommended (glasses, sunglasses or safety glasses)

Camping gear

  • Backpack, duffel, or bin to carry all of the items below
  • Tent, sleeping bag and sleeping pad
  • At least two 1-liter water bottles and a coffee mug
  • Rain jacket and rain pants
  • Towels, bathmat, sandals for the showers at Marina
  • Lawn Chair
  • Extra warm clothing
  • Comfortable clothing for the week
  • Sun and bug protection
  • Headlamp and extra batteries
  • Personal items such as medication, hand sanitizer and toiletries
  • ​First aid kit
  • Lunch and snacks for Day 1
  • A sense of fun and adventure for learning new skills and meeting great people!

Trail work gear

  • Your WTA hard hat if you already have one
  • Boots
  • Long pants 
  • Work gloves
  • Long-sleeved shirt recommended
  • Eye protection recommended (glasses, sunglasses or safety glasses)
  • Day pack recommended

A hard hat will be provided by WTA if you don't have one (let your crew leader know). For safety reasons, shorts and sneakers are not allowed while working. Firearms and weapons are not allowed.

More Information

From the Hiking Guide

See what WTA's hiking guide and trip reports say about this area.

A My Backpack account is required. You will be asked to register or log in before you can join.

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From I-5, take exit 230 toward Burlington/Anacortes/WA-20. Follow WA-20 W to Deception Pass State Park. At the light Turn right at the light to turn onto Deception Pass State Park road and follow signs for Cranberry Lake Campground where you will find your crew

Note: Please follow the written directions above instead of using a GPS device. This will ensure that you get to the correct meeting location for this work party. The location of the pinpoint below is only approximate.

Getting to WTA work parties can involve travel on rough, unpaved roads in areas without cellular service and without street addresses that can be accurately used by navigation devices. Unless specifically noted otherwise, routes can generally be traveled by all types of vehicles. Volunteers with limited experience driving on unpaved mountain roads may want to allow extra time, beyond what is recommended in the directions above, to get to the meeting location.


Trip fee for WTA members: $250.00

Trip fee for non-members: $300.00

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Cancellation Policy

  • If you paid the WTA member fee of $250, there is a $30 cancellation fee for cancellations more than 30 days prior to the trip, and no refund for cancellations within 30 days of the trip.
  • If you paid the WTA non-member fee of $300, there is a $70 cancellation fee for cancellations more than 30 days prior to the trip, and no refund for cancellations within 30 days of the trip. You will retain your one-year membership to WTA.

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