Goose Rock is located at Deception Pass Park and does require a Discovery Pass or a day fee of $10. The loop trail is classified as an easy hike of about 3 miles with some very steep places (up and down) alternating with more level walking. The elevation gain is about 500 feet. Once at the top of Goose Rock there is a panorama view of Puget Sound. It is easy to pick out the airbase at Oak Harbor; the small bay with houses and docks, there is also a fresh water lake nearby.
Views from the top of Goose Rock
The Navy Air Base is at the upper left
Fresh water lake
Salt water bay
Spotted Coral Root
Above & below Death Camas
Above and below, Blue Camas
Above and below, Chocolate or Checkered Lily
Above and below, Naked Broomrape
In all we were able to identify 26 different flowers and there were a few more we could not. Besides the Chocolate Lily another elusive flower is the Naked Broomrape. There were also many Death Camases in bloom. They look a little like a smaller version of Bear Grass but are not related. The Native Americans harvested the Blue Camas bulbs for food but the white flowering Camas was left alone because people who ate those bulbs became very ill, hence the name. The meadows were somehow marked so that only the Blue Camas bulbs were dug up.
We capped off the day by driving down to the beach to have lunch. My uncle lives on Whidbey Island so before taking the ferry back to the mainland we stopped by and had a short visit with him too. The day started with clouds and threats of rain but ended warm and sunny. And, Yes, we did see and hear several geese flying overhead and swimming in the bay and the lake.