One of the most scenic hiking trails in the US treks its way right through Whidbey Island.  The Pacific Northwest Trail covers 1200 miles of beautiful scenery from Pacific Ocean on the Olympic Peninsula at Cape Alava all the way to the continental divide of the Rocky Mountains in Montana at Glacier National Park.  When you come to Whidbey Island, you can enjoy several small “snack-sized” portions of this trail or take on the entire portion if you’re more ambitious. Approximately 30 miles of the the trail in section 08 winds through Whidbey Island.

The trail winds it way from the ferry terminal in Coupeville up the west  side of the island past Fort Casey, Ebey’s Landing and Fort Ebey and West Beach. Many segments of that beach hike are easily accessible and well worth exploring. The trail will eventually lead you up to Deception Pass State Park and the bridge on the north end of the island.  You’ll find the beaches nearly deserted most of the year and the scenery always breathtaking.  Along the way you may see a wide variety of wildlife such as  eagles soaring, or maybe whales, otters, seals or porpoises playing off the coast.  Hiking is a great way to see Whidbey Island any time of year.

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