CHS 2 Hike - Fort Ebey

Field trip: Conditioning Hiking Series

CHS 2 Hike - Fort Ebey

CHS2 hike from Ebey's Landing to Fort Ebey.

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  • Moderate/Strenuous
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 12.9 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 948 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 266 ft
  • Pace: 2.0-3.0 mph

We will meet at 9:00 a.m. in the Ebey's Landing parking lot on Whidbey Island.  Please do not park in the Fort Ebey State Park parking lot; we are hiking to Fort Ebey from Ebey's Landing.

If you choose to take the Mukilteo/Clinton ferry, you will need to take the 8:00 a.m. sailing.  Generally, the Mukilteo/Clinton ferry is the fastest way to Ebey's Landing if coming from the south; however, you may choose to take the northern route via I-5 to HWY-20.  If so, please allow plenty of time to arrive at Ebey's Landing and ready to hike by 9:00 a.m., but note that the ferry might be delayed due to fog or other issues, so be prepared to wait for the remaining hikers.

You will need a Discover Pass to park at Ebey's Landing.

Eagles, orcas, and otters - oh my!  Ebey's Landing to Fort Ebey is a challenging, but rewarding, hike, and one of my all-time favorites.  With a variety of terrain, unsurpassed views of the Salish Sea and Olympics, and an abundance of wildlife, this is a hike not to be missed.

We will begin hiking on the beach at Ebey's Landing, pass Perego's Lagoon, head up and down the bluff for a view of Lake Pondilla, have lunch at Fort Ebey, return to the beach then climb the bluff above Perego's Lagoon, and finally take a short tour of Ebey's Landing National Historic Reserve, including a stop at the Sunnyside Cemetery.

Because we will be hiking on loose stones, seaweed, and larger rocks, I strongly recommend the wearing of over-the-ankle boots (your ankles will thank you).

I will supply a topographic map to each of you, but if you would like to purchase a map showing all of the trails at Fort Ebey State Park, the Fort Ebey State Park & Kettles Park Trail System by Trax Maps is the map for you.


Fort Ebey

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

Ten Essential Systems

  1. Navigation (map & compass)
  2. Sun protection (sunglasses & sunscreen)
  3. Insulation (extra clothing)
  4. Illumination (headlamp/flashlight)
  5. First-aid supplies
  6. Fire (waterproof matches/lighter/candle)
  7. Repair kit and tools
  8. Nutrition (extra food)
  9. Hydration (extra water)
  10. Emergency shelter (tent/plastic tube tent/garbage bag)
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