Ebey’s Landing on Whidbey Island is an easy, family-friendly loop trail with a fantastic view of the Pacific Ocean.
The trail starts either from the Prairie Overlook Trailhead or the seaside parking lot at the end of Ebey’s Landing Road. Washington State Discovery Pass is required to park in the parking lot.
We began our hike from the Prairie Overlook Trailhead, passing a field of aromatic alfalfa plants
Once on the bluff, the view opens up. On a clear day Mount Baker rests on the horizon to the east and other Cascade peaks march away to the south. To the west, the Olympics loom large over Puget Sound. The ocean view extends as far as Victoria Island in British Columbia and the Strait of Juan de Fuca.
Although there is not much of an elevation gain for this hike, the bluff trail is narrow and steep at times. Wild flowers dot the trail.
Once we descend onto the beach, I took sometime studying the pebbles
Kelps bathing under sunlight
Bird taking flight
Chariots of Fire theme stuck in my head when this kid running past me
Cairn on the beach
As we leave, low fog rolled inland create a dramatic scene
Be aware that there are stinging nettles on the brushy access trail on your return to the car – long pants and keeping an eye out will help prevent irritation from these little guys.
WTA Pro Tip: Be sure to stop at Kapaws Iskreme on Front Street in Coupeville on the way back from your hike. This quaint ice cream shop is generous in their portions, and it’s delightful to walk down to the wharf with your cone to see more beautiful views of Mount Baker.
There are two ways to get to Whidbey Island from the mainland:
- By car via Deception Pass Bridge, which is a sight in itself. We did not make a stop as we’ve been there before. But if you go, the views from both sides of the bridge are astonishing. Shrimp Shack in Anacortes is popular among locals They sell fresh shrimp by the pound. The deep-fried oysters and fish tacos are also quite delicious.
- By Washington State Ferry from Mukelteo to Clinton. There are paid parking spaces at the ferry terminal with 4 hour limit, even on Sundays and Holidays, which is not at all convenient for people who carpool or do not bring their cars on-board.