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Fort Flagler State Park

Olympic Peninsula


Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal
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5.0 miles, roundtrip


Gain: 150 ft.
Highest Point: 150 ft.


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Parking Pass/Entry Fee

Discover Pass

Fort Flagler State Park is one of five impressive military installations that were established in close proximity to protect Puget Sound from invaders during times of war. In the 1950s, all five were converted to state parks, giving the public access to thousands of near-shore acres and miles of prime coastline.

Park at the north end of the park and start your 5-mile loop hike on the stony beach, enjoying the views across to Port Townsend in one direction and Whidbey Island in the other. To your right are towering bluffs, atop which there is another trail you can take later if there is time.

Dress in warm layers, as this trail wraps around Marrowstone Point and the wind intensity may change on you. At 2.25 miles, leave the sandy beach and climb the bluff, hike around a lagoon, and eventually make your way back to your starting point. Along the way, you’ll pass a handful of historic buildings and other structures. Bring binoculars to spot bald eagles on the bluff and dabbling ducks in the lagoon.


Fort Flagler State Park

Map & Directions

Co-ordinates: 48.0948, -122.7228 Open map in new window


Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

Washington State Parks

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Guidebooks & Maps

Day Hiking: Olympic Peninsula (Romano – Mountaineers Books)

USGS Nordland

state park map available at trailhead

Getting There

From Seattle, catch the Edmonds-Kingston ferry across Puget Sound. Follow State Route 104 west towards Port Gamble, and head over the Hood Canal Bridge. Take a right on State Route 19, Beaver Valley Road, and head north for about 10.5 miles. Turn right onto State Route 116, heading east through Indian Island onto Marrowstone Island. Continue north on State Route 116 to Fort Flagler State Park, all the way to the parking lot on the northwest tip of the island.

An automated pay station is available at the park to purchase a one-day pass, annual Discover pass, or boat permit. Restrooms available.

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Discover Pass

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