Deception Pass Sand Dunes Interpretive Trail

Oak Harbor, WA
Length: 0.60 mi.
Type: Loop

About This Trail

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This trail is great for little legs, it is a short, level loop through varying habitats from sand dunes to lichen covered trees. With views of the Olympic Mountains and the San Juan Islands, there’s something for everyone to enjoy on this trail! You are likely to see an eagle, and if you’re really lucky, a whale! This path loops around along the beach and through the trees. When you’re finished plenty of sand and rocks to build sandcastles, so don’t forget shovels and buckets. Much of this trail is not protected by trees, so on a windy day it could be quite cold. Interpretive signs provide information about the seaside vegetation unique to this area.

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Trail Features

Seasons Fall, Spring, Summer, and Winter
Surface type Paved
Stroller friendly Yes
Stroller terrain Any Wheels
ADA accessible Yes
Water fountains No
Bathrooms Yes
Cell reception None
Pet friendly Yes
Nearby convenience store Yes
Camping Nearby Yes
Emergency support
within 5 miles

Trail highlights

Beach, Boardwalk, Camping Nearby, Fishing, Picnic Area, Viewpoint, and Wildlife Viewing

Fee & Parking Details

Fee : $10.00

A Washington Discover Pass is required. This pass can be purchased for $10, valid for 1 day, or $30, valid for 1 year. The pass can be purchased at the park entrance with a debit or credit card.

Trail Contributor

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Hello! I am one of the Branch Ambassadors for the Bend, Oregon branch. My daughter was born July 2015 and I didn’t discover HiB until May 2016! I wish I had found it sooner! We find getting outside calms us. It doesn’t matter if it’s sunny, rainy, windy, or even snowing, we always try and get out! We are blessed with so many wonderful trails and places to explore near by. I originally founded the Whidbey Island, Washington Branch after discovering HiB.


Trail Map

Getting There

Cross over the Deception Pass bridge and into Deception Pass State Park. Signs will take you to the West Beach parking lot. The trail begins at the south end of the lot.