Ebey’s Landing Trail
Ebey's Landing Loop is a popular 8.4 km loop trail on Whidbey Island that provides stellar views from atop a high bluff over Puget Sound. This hike is moderate in difficulty and offers lots for your effort. Look out over the water, watch for wildlife and birds, or watch life go by on the nearby working farms. This trail is popular, so we recommend visiting outside of peak hours for a quiet experience. It’s especially nice at sunset!
There are two possible trailheads for this hike, one offering an easier hike and the other providing a little bit more of a challenge. Choose whichever you prefer. Both routes pass through private property, so make sure to stay on the trail and keep dogs leashed at all times.
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Route Description for Ebey’s Landing Trail
Ebey’s Landing Trail is a beautiful hike that is suitable for most skill levels. With a wide-open view of Puget Sound from atop the bluff and a relaxing stretch of walking along the sand, it’s a perfect outing for those just wanting to get away to the water. There are two possible trailheads for this hike, so you can either take a slightly more challenging route or an easier one, although neither is very difficult.
The Perego’s Lake lagoon on the far northwestern side of the loop is a fantastic place to birdwatch.
The most commonly completed route for Ebey’s Landing is to begin from the parking lot at the end of Ebey’s Landing Road. From here, take a right towards the historic Sunnyside Cemetery.
From the cemetery, head to the bluff past the Jacob Ebey House. The footing becomes dirt as you approach the coast. At the bluff, there is a T-junction. Go right, walking up a short but steep hill. Walk along the bluff as it gradually descends.
At the switchback turn, head down to the beach on the steep zig-zagging path. Take your time as you walk south along the beach, enjoying the sand and the (hopefully) sun.
You’ll eventually reach the junction where the trail heads back up to the parking lot. Climb the stairs up to the fields above.
Walk north to the junction you were at before, then turn right to return to the parking lot.
If you start at the Ebey’s Landing Parking Lot instead of by the cemetery, you’ll hike northwest along the bluff to where the trail splits, keeping right to walk along the top of the bluff and then descending the switchbacks on the other side of the loop onto the beach. Hike south along the beach and then back up to the parking lot. This route avoids most of the ascent and makes for a shorter, easier trip.
The 1,020 square mile Puget Sound is the star of your view on the Ebey’s Landing Trail. This body of water is an inlet of the Pacific Ocean and part of the Salish Sea. The sound runs along the coast of Washington and provides habitat for a range of marine species, including orca whales, otters, seals, and many species of fish. Puget Sound extends about 160.9 km from Deception Pass to Olympia and makes up the second-largest estuary in the country.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is there a fee for Ebey’s Landing Trail?
You’ll need a Discover Pass if you park at the Ebey’s Landing lot, but otherwise, there is no fee.
Is the Ebey’s Landing hike hard?
Most visitors consider this hike to be on the easier side of moderate.
Insider Hints for Ebey’s Landing Trail
- Watch for stinging nettles along the path to and from the parking lot.
- The wharf in Coupeville is a nice spot for a walk after your explorations.
Getting to the Ebey’s Landing Trail Trailhead
There are two possible places to start the Ebey’s Landing Trail. Either park at the end of Ebey’s Landing Road or near the Sunnyside Cemetery.
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