Unlike many beaches along Puget Sound and the Straight of Juan de Fuca, the beach at Fort Ebey State Park is not sheltered from the severe weather that comes from the Pacific Ocean via the straight shot up the Straight of Juan de Fuca. Further north the beaches are sheltered somewhat by Vancouver Island, and further south the beaches are sheltered...more
Unlike the "Gunnery" picnic area, there is no open grass area at the beach picnic area of Fort Ebey State Park. However, there are several picnic tables scattered through the forest, and a number of these picnic spots have cooking stands.The beach picnic area also features flush toilets, rather than the pit toilets you will find up the hill at the...more
Before you set out on the trails, I highly suggest getting a map of the trails from the literature rack at the office at the main entrance to the park. The park is small but the trail system is quite a tangle, compacting some 28 miles of trails into this relatively small park.The vast majority of the trails are in dense forest, and open to mountain...more
In addition to the old gun battery structure, the "gun battery" area features a fairly nice open picnic area with a number of picnic tables, and one picnic shelter that may be reserved.Toilets at this location are pit toilets, as seen in photograph 2.While this is a popular place for the paragliders, it is not possible to watch them very easily...more
Along with having good picnic facilities and being an open grassy spot that is popular with the paragliders, the "Gun Battery" location is also the one spot in Fort Ebey State Park where there is a little reminder of the military past of Fort Ebey.Even the old gun battery is little more than a concrete shell of what it once was. There are two large...more
I can't tell you too much about paragliding, other than it sure looks like a lot of fun, and that you need a bit of education in the sport before jumping off this windy point high above the Straight of Juan de Fuca.On the other hand, with the wind blowing the way it does, most of the paragliders seem to be able to take off and hang in space quite...more
You will need to be really careful with your food in Fort Ebey State Park. The park is separated from the mainland as it is located on Whidbey Island. Bears and other large animals won't take the Whidbey Island Ferry, and the Deception Pass bridge is closer to much easier pickings at the north end of the park (there is an adequate supply of...more
With the combined action of the waves and the wind and the many, many visitors that come to this park, you can find that under cutting of the edge of the bluff is a significant problem.Therefore, it is a good ides to not go near the edge.If you do go near the edge, how can you be certain that there is something under the edge to support you? After...more
Located in the far northwest corner of Fort Ebey State Park, with the northern part of the lake actually located on private land, this little lake is protected on all sides by the surrounding forest. It is therefore quite queit compared to the roaring ocean and gusting wind you will find on the nearby beach.
To get to the lake, there are several trails (all which are among the few that are not supposed to have mountain bike traffic on them) which lead from various areas to the lake. This includes the Kyle's Kettle Trail from the area near the park information center, and the PNT trail down the side of a fairly steep hill.
However, the easiest access point is from the beach picnic area. Follow trails to the north and west of this picnic area and you will eventually come to the lake. If you see the unmarked steeply sloping trail going down to a muddy pool, don't take this trail. It is a dead-end trail that doesn't go anywhere interesting - it just looks like it goes to the lake.