Above:  Deception Pass Bridge is one of the “Scenic Wonders of the Northwest.” Photo by Alex Maier.

Puget Sound, Section 8

The Puget Sound is the most easily accessible region of the Pacific Northwest Trail. A maritime climate offers year-round hiking and cycling, world-class wildlife viewing, and hundreds of miles of shoreline to explore.

Some of most popular trails on the PNT pass through Washington State Parks in the Puget Sound. With easy trails along sandy beaches and steep climbs to views from high rocky bluffs, the Puget Sound offers opportunities for a variety of trips for visitors of all ages and interests.

In the Sound, garden like trails add to the diversity of the PNT experience. Hedge rows of coastal salal line bluff side footpaths overlooking spouting whales, colorful sailboats, and the island chains of the Salish Sea. Elegant Pacific Madrone and twisted shore pine cling to seaside cliffs while harbor seals swim among the straights hundreds of feet below Deception Pass Bridge, one of the scenic wonders of the Northwest.

In this populous area, long-distance travelers can go light, carrying a minimal amount of provisions between seaside communities, all less than a day’s walk apart. Along the way, roadside stands and restaurants serve up refreshments, local berries, and fresh seafood. 

The Pass Lake Trail in Deception Pass State Park
The Pass Lake Trail in Deception Pass State Park offers year round hiking on the PNT. Photo by Eric Wollborg.
The Pass Lake Trail in Deception Pass State Park offers year round hiking on the PNT. Photo by Eric Wollborg.

Oyster Dome to Coupeville
68 mi (109 km)
Highest Point: 522’
Est. Elevation Gain/ Loss:  +9257’ / -1025’

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO:

  • Dispersed camping is not available in Section 8. Camp only in designated sites and campgrounds.
  • The PNT passes through private property and city and county parks – these areas are day-use only
  • The Keystone Ferry provides transit between Sections 8 and 9
  • Use caution while traveling along roadways

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Wildlife viewing:  seals, whales, otters
  • Anacortes Community Forest Lands
  • Mount Erie
  • Deception Pass State Park
  • Beach hiking on N and West beach
  • Fort Ebey State Park
  • Watching aircraft at Whidbey NAB
  • Lighthouses at Point Partridge
  • Whale watching from the Bluff Trail
  • Fort Casey State Park
  • Exploring WWI and WWII-era bunkers
  • Riding the Keystone Ferry
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