Photos Of The Pacific Northwest – Deception Pass State Park

Deception Pass State Park is a stunningly beautiful area on the Puget Sound in Washington.

Located between Whidbey Island and Fidalgo Island, the park offers 4,134 acres of breathtaking views, interesting wildlife, and plenty of activities for visitors to enjoy.

Whether you’re a photographer looking to capture stunning views, a hiker seeking adventure, or just a traveler looking for an escape from the everyday hustle and bustle of life.

Visiting Deception Pass As A Photographer

Deception Pass State Park offers many outdoor activities that can be enjoyed year-round (although most people visit during the summer months).

From hiking and camping throughout the park’s four different campgrounds to wildlife-viewing opportunities and water recreation like kayaking or stand-up paddleboarding on Cranberry Lake, there are plenty of ways to explore this incredible park.

The park also offers some spectacular views of the Puget Sound that can’t be found anywhere else in Washington.

On clear days hikers can take in sweeping views of Mt Baker and the Olympic Mountains from North Beach Trailhead or Goose Rock Overlook Trailhead. And if you’re into photography, you’ll love capturing some of the most amazing sunsets along Rosario Headland or Bowman Bay.

Plant & Wildlife Photography

In addition to all its outdoor activities, Deception Pass State Park is home to a wide variety of birds as well as mammals like raccoons and black-tailed deer.

It’s also home to numerous species of trees including Douglas fir, Western Red Cedar, Bigleaf Maple and Sitka Spruce – making it an ideal spot for birders and nature enthusiasts alike!

Additionally, several rare plant species can be found within the park including Indian paintbrush flowers which bloom during late springtime providing bright colors throughout meadows near the shoreline.

So let’s take a peek at some pictures taken by myself and a few others to get your creative juices flowing before you visit!

Deception Pass State Park Photo Gallery

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Unique Opportunities For Photos Of Deception Pass State Park

If I’m going to be honest, you’ll be hard-pressed to get a truly unique photo when you visit Deception Pass. Millions of people have visited the area and taken pictures from nearly every angle.

If you had hopes of taking a unique picture of the bridge itself, forget it. You can take a spectacular picture for sure but it will have been taken a dozen times before.

So what can you do that’s actually unique in the area? Well, there are a few under-photographed options that I would recommend that you take a look at.

Old Growth Forests

Deception Pass State Park is home to multiple types of old-growth forest habitats. These forests are full of towering Douglas fir trees, western red cedar trees, western hemlock trees, and other native plants that have been around for generations. These ancient forests provide photographers with plenty of opportunities to capture stunning shots of nature’s beauty and age-old wisdom.


If you’re into photographing waterfalls, Deception Pass has a bunch to choose from! There are several waterfalls within the park that are reachable with short hikes.

And, if you’re looking for other waterfalls in the area, check out Myrtle Falls which is a super photogenic spot!

Less Popular Lookouts

Finally, Deception Pass is home to many scenic lookout points that provide stunning views of the surrounding area. Depending on the spot you stop/park you’ll find anything from sweeping vistas across bays surrounded by snow-capped mountains to intimate views of rocky shorelines and tide pools below.

Deception Pass State Park offers an abundance of unique photo opportunities that will surely inspire your inner photographer. So grab your camera and get ready to explore one of the most beautiful parks in Washington state!

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