Feeling antsy after the winter months? Stretch your legs on a 5.5-mile walk on the western shore of Whidbey Island. Ebey’s Landing rises high above the Salish Sea on a coastal bluff, offering stunning views of the sea and two mountain ranges.
Start your hike from the Prairie Overlook Trailhead, where you are immediately greeted with a view of Mount Baker and the surrounding North Cascades; the Cascades dominate the eastern horizon, with views as far as Mt. Rainier on a clear day. To the west, the Olympics rise above the sea. While these mountains often remain buried in snow as late into the year as June, the mild climate of Whidbey Island is the perfect place to explore in early spring.
From the parking lot, follow a short access trail to a sign for the Bluff Trail and take a dirt path along the bluff ridge, eventually descending to the beach. Keep an eye out for coastal birds and wildflowers along the way. On the far end of the beach is a restroom and information about the history of the area. Take a moment to learn about the rich cultural and natural history of Whidbey Island and then return the way you came. Don’t forget to stop for a massive ice cream cone at Kapaw’s Iskreme in Coupeville—a great way to usher in the warmer months and the perfect end to a day of early-season exploring.
Whidbey Island is an easy day trip (or weekend getaway) from the Seattle area. Find more about Whidbey Island at whidbeycamanoislands.com.