A hike that will take you along a route that highlights the best of this area.
Bring a light for the mine, and maybe rain boots as water collects in it.
Start in the Pass Lake parking lot. Take a right on Pass Lake Loop
, and follow this until you come to an intersection with the Big Cedar Trail
. Take a left onto Big Cedar Trail
. Follow this down the gully, and you'll come across the first wonder, the Big Cedar. It is the largest of its kind in Deception Pass State Park. Follow the trail until it runs into the Ginnett Trail
, and take a left.
Follow the trail up the ridge. After a while, you'll come upon a pile of rubble and a concrete pad. This is what is left of the Ginnett Family Homestead, which is the second wonder. After this, follow the trail along. On your left will be a cliff with bits of red rock on the ground. This is the third wonder, the Red Rock Quarry.
After a few hundred feet there will be a log cabin on your left. This is the fourth wonder. The cabin was used by copper miners in the 1910s. Please respect the cabin as it is around a hundred years old. If you go past the cabin a few yards you'll come to the final wonder, the mine. The mine goes about 60 feet into the hill, and entrance is NOT prohibited. Just remember to respect the mine like you would any historical location.
Follow the same trail back. When you get to the Big Cedar Trail
don't turn, just go straight ahead on the Ginnett Trail
. Follow this until it intersects with the Pass Lake Loop
. Go straight on the Pass Lake Loop
until you reach the parking lot.
The area was homesteaded by the Ginnett Family in the early 1900s. The land was donated to become a park in the 30s.