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Whidbey Island, WA

by Forest Eckley | June 18, 2014

The coast of Washington has a variety of islands, each with it's own distinct personality. Last week we explored the west coast Whidbey Island, about 30 miles (48 km) north of Seattle, which forms the northern boundary of Puget Sound. The abundance of low-lying grasslands and small farms have made this place a haven for artists looking for a quiet place outside of the city to create. We recently explored the west side of Whidbey looking for good trails and views of the Olympic Mountains and the island chain that extends into Canada. Although moving clouds hid most the views we were looking for, we had perfect hiking temperatures and beautiful light for the entire day. Check out our recommendations below for dayhikes and lodging and send us a note if there are any hidden gems on the island that we missed. 
 
  
  
 
 
 
Photography by AJ Ragasa: Cave StudiosExposure
Recommendations: 
  • Visit this island on a weekday (less people, less traffic)
  • Plan for a slow pace ... think picnics on the beach and beers on the trail.
  • Rent a cottage with friends or camp at Deception Pass State Park for overnight trips.
  • For mellow day hikes we recommend doing Ebey's Landing or Deception Pass - Lighthouse Point.

 

Directions to Ebey's Landing

Take the Washington State Ferry from Mukilteo to Clinton on Whidbey Island. Continue north on State Route 525 for 19 miles to the junction with SR 20. Bear right onto SR 20 and continue for 5.5 miles to the town of Coupeville. At the traffic light, continue north on SR 20 for 0.8 mile, turning left onto Sherman Road. (From the north, the turnoff is 9 miles from Oak Harbor.) Proceed for 0.3 mile and turn right onto Cook Road. After another 0.3 mile reach the Prairie Overlook and trailhead (elev. 200 ft).

 

Directions to Deception Pass - Lighthouse Point

From Burlington (exit 230 on I-5), head west on State Route 20 for about 12 miles to the junction with the SR 20 spur (which continues to Anacortes). Turn left on SR 20 (signed for Oak Harbor) and continue for 5 miles, turning right onto Rosario Road just after passing Pass Lake. Proceed 100 yards, then turn left (signed for Bowman Bay), following this park road 0.4 mile to day-use parking at the Civilian Conservation Corps Interpretive Center (if this lot is full, park at the nearby boat launch lot). Water and restrooms available.

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