Birds, Bluffs, and Beach-combing: Historic Ebey's Landing on Whidbey Island

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This adventure has it all: Historic buildings, including a restored homestead and cemetery; stunning views of the Olympics and Mt. Rainier; a shoreline and lagoon bursting with birds; beachcombing along Admiralty Inlet; and a picturesque island harbor town.


Duration: 1 Days
Starts in: Your Seattle area location.
Ends in: Your Seattle area location.
Group Size: 1-4
Difficulty: 3/5


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Before pioneers settled in what became Seattle, Whidbey Island had already become one of the most settled areas on Puget Sound. The reason was the abundance of flat, fertile farmland that needed no clearing: The indigenous Skagit Indians had been burning and cultivating the prairies for centuries to raise native staple crops.  The first settler to land here, Isaac Ebey, couldn’t quite believe his good fortune to claim this “paradise of nature” for himself.  Even though the Skagit initially welcomed Ebey and others to their “paradise,” things didn’t quite work out so well in the end. 

On this adventure, we’ll learn the complicated history behind Ebey’s Landing and hike the prairie, bluff, and shoreline that comprise Ebey’s Landing National Historic Reserve and the adjacent Robert Pratt Preserve, under the management of The Nature Conservancy.  

Aside from the 260-foot climb to the bluff and back down, this is a mostly flat 5.5-mile hike.

The day begins and ends with a ferry ride from Mukilteo, 25 miles north of Seattle, to Whidbey Island, and back.

Round-trip travel time: 5 hours (including 2 ferry rides)
Hiking time: 4 hours
Total time:  9 hours (10 if dining in Coupeville)
Best departure time: 9 a.m.
Best season: Year Round


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