Hike Distance: 8.3 miles Yearly Hike Distance: 1418.3 miles
Elevation Gain: 1473 feet Yearly Elevation Gain: 151559 feet
We’ve never been to Whidbey Island before and this looked like a great place to visit. The trail system in the park, and the Kettles area outside the park have a tremendous amount of trails. And, I do mean extensive. We bumped into a person who maintains about 90% of the Kettles area, and he said there is 36 miles of single-track between the two areas!
We made a large loop through these two areas and made very poor time to complete it. You could easily get lost within these parks, so bring a map or gps if you want to get out quickly.
Our hike started by going along the bluff trail, and we had spectacular views of the ocean and Olympic Mountains! We then took a counter-clockwise loop around the exterior of these parks. The PNW (Pacific Northwest Trail) goes along the ocean side of Fort Ebey park.
We’ll definitely be coming out here again to explore the this area, and to hike on other trails in Whidbey Island! We didn’t have time to explore the WWII bunkers at Fort Ebey, and this would be interesting!