Welcome to Deception Pass State Park


Emerging from the flat pastures of Fidalgo Island, Deception Pass leaps out like a mini Grand Canyon, its precipitous cliffs overlooked by a famous bridge, all the more dramatic because of the churning, angry water below. The bridge has two steel arches spanning Canoe Pass and Deception Pass, joined by a central support on Pass Island. Built during the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), it was considered an engineering feat in its day. The 5.5-sq-mile park also spans the channel, with facilities – including campgrounds – on the north and south flanks of the passage.


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$149 Outdoor Activities

Canopy Tree Climbing at Deception Pass State Park

Don’t deprive yourself of this amazing and unique experience. This is your chance to do something not even .1% of the population has done, but you can. This is a half day experience located at Deception Pass State Park. We climb on multiple trees, between 150 and +250 feet high. Depending on the group and the climbers' ability, you will ascend one or two trees.Canopy climbing can be physically and mentally challenging for some. We suggest all participants bring snacks and water, besides, eating in trees is fun. Also wear athletic clothes and athletic shoes. All other equipment will be provided. The canopy tree climbing experience is a progression. You will start first by receiving all of your equipment, followed by safety talks, learning about the equipment, learn how to use the equipment to climb and then start climbing! We keep it simple and easy to make sure you are having fun, learning and especially safe. Reservations Required. 2-4 hour experience No experience necessary Must be 7 years of older All safety equipment is provided Located at Deception Pass State Park People who are overweight or obese might experience difficulty climbing

$95.33 Outdoor Activities

Washington Tulip Festival & Deception Pass Hike Small Group Tour

This full day small group tour to the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival and stunning Deception Pass State Park will begin when your guide and driver picks you up at your downtown Seattle hotel in our comfortable high-roof, extended length van.  As we drive north and gradually depart the city, you'll get your first glimpses of the the snow capped North Cascade mountains and Mt. Baker on clear days.  After about an hour on the highway, we'll make our way along the Skagit Valley's back roads and get our first glimpses of fields of daffodils and tulips stretching before us.  Your first stop of the day will be at either Roozengaarde or Tulip Town, the two largest tulip farms in the Skagit Valley with extensive display gardens with nearly 100 varieties of tulips and daffodils on display.  Both of these gardens have row upon row of brilliantly colored tulips stretching to the horizon.  We will spend approximately 2 hours at the first display garden of the day before proceeding on to the historic seaside village of La Conner.   You will have about 90 minutes to explore beautiful seaside La Conner, have lunch at one of the village's many restaurants, and enjoy a cup of coffee or tea at one the many bakeries and shops that line the waterfront.  Your next stop will be the Deception Pass State Park where we will stop at multiple points to admire the stunning seaside views.  When the group is ready, we'll start our hike along the shoreline, the trail transitioning between the groves of Douglas Fir and Pacific Madrone and cliffs that plunge to the beach and ocean below.  At openings with views to the ocean, keep your eyes out for diving ducks, cranes, and harbor seals hunting along the shoreline.  As you approach the historic Deception Pass Bridge, if our timing is right, you'll watch the churning whirlpools and standing waves created by the dramatic tidal exchanges.  The trail meanders and is a mix of uphill and downhill terrain.  On average, we'll hike about 4 miles along rolling terrain and the beaches.  The actual distance we cover will depend on the group's energy and speed.   After getting beautiful pictures throughout the hike and along the shoreline, we'll head back to van for the 90-minute drive back to Seattle where your guide will drop you back at your downtown Seattle hotel.