Here is some additional information for the day. Please let me know how you are getting to the island if you have not already responded.
Sunday doesn't look sunny; pack your raingear just in case.
Day May 19 Showers 59°F High Chance of rain:40%Wind:WSW at 8 mph Humidity:76%
FERRY: for those of you taking the ferry please check the ferry schedule, http://www.wsdot.com/ferries/schedule/ScheduleDetailByRoute.aspx?route=muk-cl
Location, Directions and Tourist Information
614 Front Street
Mukilteo, WA 98204
From I-5 exit 189 on to highway 526, follow signs to terminal.
Ebey’s Landing—A Sound Hiking Adventure
Write up by CRAIG ROMERO FROM April 9, 2010
Towering bluffs and a spectacular coastline
await you at Ebey’s Landing.
Location: Whidbey Island
Land Agency: National Park Service and Washington State Parks
Roundtrip: 5.6 miles
Elevation Gain: 260 feet
Contact: Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve (360)[masked]; www.nps.gov/ebla
Special note: Dogs permitted on leash.
Access: Take State Ferry from Mulkiteo to Clinton on Whidbey Island. Continue north on SR 525 for 19 miles to junction with SR 20. Bear right onto SR 20 continuing 6.3 miles. Turn left onto Sherman Road. Proceed for .3 mile turning right onto Cemetery Road reaching Prairie Overlook trailhead in 0.3 mile.
Puget Sound sure has changed much since Captain George Vancouver sailed this way back in 1792. And if the good captain were able to make a return trip, he wouldn’t recognize the area—except perhaps for the island he named in honor of his subordinate, Joseph Whidbey. For only on Whidbey, at Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve, could the colonial-era seafarer still catch more than a glimpse of an undeveloped Puget Sound coastline.
And only at Ebey’s Landing could Mr. Vancouver take such an incredible hike that includes towering bluffs, salt-sprayed maritime forests, rolling prairie, and lonely beaches. Named after the first European settler on Whidbey, Ebey’s Landing is comprised of state, national, and private parcels totaling 17,400-acres. This area invites “explorers” of all ages to set sail on its trails and beaches.
For the best of Ebey’s Landing, begin at the Prairie Overlook for a 5.6-mile lollipop loop-hike. Pass a restored 1850s homestead now a visitor center; then continue across emerald lawns towards Admiralty Inlet. You’ll feel as though you’re hiking in Ireland. But, look upward—the snowcapped Olympic Mountains in the background quickly remind you that this is the Pacific Northwest.
Beyond the prairie, turn right at a well-marked junction and begin climbing golden bluffs. Rounding heights 300 feet above the Sound, the views are divine. Gaze out toward Vancouver Island and the San Juan Islands. Watch ferries and ocean vessels ply Admiralty Inlet. In springtime, admire a mosaic of blooming wildflowers swaying at your feet. Look for majestic eagles perched in ghostly snags. Be captivated by the stark beauty of Perego’s Lake—a lagoon formed by a narrow spit—directly below you.
Then descend the bluff and head south on the beach. Bird watch at Perego’s, and scope the surf for seals. Hike the wild beach to the Ebey’s Landing Wayside, and then follow trail back to the prairie to close the loop. This hike should give you the same appreciation that ‘ole Captain George had for this gorgeous area over 200 years ago.
Ferry Info: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/ferries/
Carpools will need to be on the 9:00 am Mukilteo ferry. It is a 40 min. drive to the Prairie Overlook; see directions above. Vivian can meet 4 riders at the Clinton ferry landing if you want to walk on the ferry. Walk to the end of the Clinton Ferry dock, and I will be waiting by the phone booth. We will start this hike at 10:00 am to allow time to drive to the Prairie Overlook.
Note: We are starting this hike at the Prairie Overlook. No parking pass is necessary.
Carpooling: Carpools requested. Indicate in your response if you want to drive (please state P&R) or need to carpool. We usually stop and eat after the hike, so if you ride in a carpool, please check with your driver if they plan on stopping or not--it is the driver's choice. The carpool driver will calculate the cost to ride. If you ride in a carpool, be sure to exchange cell ph. numbers so you can contact your driver with any changes. Don't post your cell ph. number on the hike site, instead email the individual.