Pass Lake in Summer
Just five minutes from my home, Pass Lake on Fidalgo Island sits next to Highway 20 on the way to Deception Pass. It's the first major feature in the State Park that southbound travelers will encounter. The highway drops low and edges right up against the lakeshore. It feels like driving at the same level as the water surface. The lake is a popular catch and release fishing hole, but most travelers pass right by it. In my opinion, they are missing one of the special places to explore in Deception Pass State Park. Last winter I hiked the Pass Lake Loop Trail for the first time. I discovered a rain forest along the Ginnett Hill Trail which branches north off the Loop Trail. I decided to return and see what they look like in the summer. I arrived early in the morning and found Pass Lake veiled in fog. The rising sun created an incandescent glow above the water. First a little geography: From the summit of Mount Erie, this is the view southwest towards Pass Lake.