Type of HikeDay hike
Trail ConditionsObstacles on trail:
Muddy or wet trail.
RoadRoad suitable for all vehicles
Whew, drive back in from the mountains on the 1st, head out to Whidbey Island for some beach hiking on the 2nd. 2016 is off to an outdoorsy start! One of my best friends was in town for New Years, and since only a best friend can pull me out of Stehekin early, I took the ferry down on Friday in order to spend some quality time with her this weekend. First things first, a hike at Ebey's Landing and some exploration at Fort Casey. (Which unfortunately ended in an elbow injury for her of to-be-determined seriousness, fingers are crossed for relative health!) Both locations were crowded with families and friends enjoying the unseasonably warm weather (winter, you're not allowed to leave quite yet), but the trail at Ebey's handled the crowds better, simply because they were more spread out. Fort Casey was still quite busy, even getting there around 3pm. Ebey's Bluff Trail is quite muddy, so be sure to have a pair of shoes you don't mind getting a bit dirty -- Fort Casey is relatively dry, but there are icy patches. The elbow injury was from trying to follow a footpath down from a high point -- definitely stick to the stairs and ladders that lead from level to level on the fort. A nice day on Whidbey. We drove over from 20 and took the ferry back in Clinton. I was happy to see how many state parks dot the route -- I have a return visit on my mind already!