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Multi-modal camping at South Whidbey State Park

It's summertime and that means time to get away from the city and spend the night on Whidbey Island!

We will begin our trip at King Street Station downtown, where we will ride Sounder to Mukilteo, then take the ferry over to Whidbey Island, where we will ride the free Island Transit bus over to the campground.

South Whidbey State Park is a forested area with a small network of hiking trails. A short trail is available down to the beach, with excellent views of Puget Sound. We will camp at the park for one night, then do a short day-hike around the area the next morning before returning to Seattle.

Schedule:

Meet King St. Sounder Station - 4:15 PM
Depart King Street Station (Sounder) - 4:33 PM (*)
Arrive Mukilteo - 5:15 PM
Depart Mukilteo (ferry) - 5:30 PM
Arrive Clinton - 5:50 PM
Depart Clinton - 6:15 PM
Arrive South Whidbey State Park - 6:45 PM

From the bus stop, it will be necessary to walk a short distance (~1/2 mile) to reach our campsite. Please plan for this as you pack.

When we arrive, we will have dinner together at the campsite.

(*) It is very important that everyone be on time, as if you miss this train, it will not be possible to reach Whidbey Island before the last bus of the day leaves without you. Travel through downtown Seattle during rush hour can be quite slow, so please plan accordingly and allow time for unexpected delays. If you are taking a bus that approaches downtown Seattle from the north, please choose a bus that enters downtown Seattle no later than 4:00. Also, Amtrak and Sounder have different platforms, so you need to look for us at the Sounder platform.  If you enter the Amtrak station, you are in the wrong place.

Our return trip to Seattle will be much more flexible. Buses leave South Whidbey State Park all day at 50 minutes past the hour, so we will just play it by ear and leave when we are ready. Once we reach Clinton, it's a 20 minute ferry ride to Mukilteo. From Mukilteo, CT 113 will take us to Lynnwood, from which ST 511 will take us back to Seattle. I expect to arrive back in Seattle on Saturday sometime during the mid-afternoon.

What to bring:
- Food for dinner Friday, breakfast Saturday, and lunch Saturday
- Sleeping gear (tent/sleeping bag/pillow/mattress)
- toiletries (towel, soap, toothbrush, toilet paper, etc.).
- headlamp (campsites get very dark, once the sun goes down)
- rain gear
- Backpack to carry the above from the bus stop to the campsite.

Restrooms, running water, and showers, will be available at the campground.

At this point, I have not yet reserved any campsites and am leaving the signup open to gauge interest so I can know how many campsites to reserve. As the day gets closer, I will reserve campsites for the group and limit the roster size to what the reserved campsites are able to handle.

Please bring money to cover the following costs (some transportation costs might not apply if you already have a bus pass):

Sounder - $4.00
Ferry (Mukilteo -> Clinton) - $5.00
Camping - $7-8
Bus fares for return trip Saturday - $2.50
Buses on Whidbey Island - FREE
Return ferry (Clinton -> Mukilteo) - FREE

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  • Amy C

    Great photos, Thanks Lu and Erik!

    June 16, 2013

  • Lu Z.

    Photos! A million thanks to Christian, whose memory card allowed these to be taken. https://plus.google.com/photos/104124017864486893226/albums/5889845259661704305?authkey=CIu-_vGz8cOdPw

    (let me know if there's a problem with the link)

    1 · June 15, 2013

    • Christian

      You took some really nice shots. I especially like the one of the squares of light on the ferry deck.

      June 15, 2013

  • Eric

    So, to get to the Sounder station, is anyone interested in joining me on the 550 from Bellevue? To allow time for traffic, I think we should choose the trip that leaves Bellevue Transit Center at 3:35 tomorrow afternoon.

    June 13, 2013

    • Lu Z.

      Oh, awesome, that's the one I'd planned on hopping on.

      June 13, 2013

    • Eric

      Great, see you then. I should be getting on at Bellevue Transit Center.

      June 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Food wise; Ill have a homemade gorp folks are welcome to share (dried cranberries, strawberries, cherries, raw almonds, roasted hazelnuts, chocolate chips).

    June 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Ill have a fire steel with me as well as my whisperlite.

    June 13, 2013

  • Lu Z.

    Right-o; to minimize duplication, I am bringing cashews (is anyone nut-allergic? I can also /not/ bring cashews), goldfish, and a small amount of dark chocolate.

    June 9, 2013

    • Eric

      I am planning on bringing a bag of cherries.

      June 13, 2013

  • Christian

    I'm considering going but am wondering about the gear and food situation. It sounds like two campsites have been reserved, yeah? I have a 2-person tent w/ footprint but wouldn't want to bring it if either there's a free space in somebody else's tent or if there won't be room to set mine up.

    Also, I'm guessing everybody is bringing their own food and not doing a communal meal, is that right? Either way is fine with me, just checking. I'm guessing a fire is not an option, any idea?

    June 13, 2013

    • Eric

      I stayed here once a few years ago and, yes, fire is allowed and each campsite should have a fire fit. Is anyone bringing a fire starter?

      1 · June 13, 2013

    • Eric

      I may bring some food to share, but it will just be a snack, not a full meal. It is best to bring enough food for yourself to be safe.

      1 · June 13, 2013

  • Eric

    Just a friendly reminder that this trip conflicts with http://www.meetup.com/Seattle-Transit-Hikers/events/116171862/, even though the two events are listed one day apart on the website. Please make sure you are not accidentally signed up for both events.

    June 9, 2013

  • George

    sorry something came up give my spot to the person waiting
    have a great time

    June 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'll have my Fly Creek UL2 with and another person is welcome to the other half.

    June 3, 2013

    • Lu Z.

      Sweet, I will take up the other half -- thanks!

      June 3, 2013

  • Lu Z.

    re: the tent situation -- do we need / want to pair off? I don't have a tent / was going to buy a one-person tent (which may or may not have a footprint exceeding half of a two-person tent), but if it's convenient and palatable, I'm happy to tent with another camper and split the weight of some other equipment.

    June 3, 2013

  • Jacob S.

    Probably won't make this one, but I'm doing my own camping trip up to Deception Pass this week (the north end of Whidbey), another totally doable option for future reference. :)

    June 2, 2013

  • Eric

    Because campsites can hold up to 4 tents each and we have to campsites, I have set the size limit to make sure we don't have more people signed up than our campsites can handle.

    If the signup is full and you want to join, please add yourself to the wait list. If there is enough demand, we can consider adding a 3rd campsite.

    May 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I've just reserved site #9.

    May 1, 2013

  • Eric

    One note about campsite reservations. Reserving a campsite for the night will cost about $30. People who are sharing it with you are, of course, strongly encouraged to pay you back for their share of the cost.

    To avoid the messiness of transferring the reservation around to someone else, please do not be the one to reserve the second campsite unless you are sure you will be able to go.

    I would like to have the second reservation made relatively soon so we can get our two sites next to each other - the trip will be less fun if we have to split into two groups at opposite ends of the campground. Again, our first reservation is campsite #6, so try to make the second one as close to #6 as possible.

    April 30, 2013

  • Eric

    I went ahead and reserved campsite #6 for our group. Each campsite is sized for 3 tents. Without a car taking up space, we should have no trouble fitting 4, but we will still need a second campsite in order to accommodate 8 people.

    State parks policy does not allow one person to make reservations for multiple campgrounds for the same night, so I will need a volunteer to go to the state parks website and make the second reservation. Before you make the reservation, please post a comment indicating that you are doing so, so nobody else will make the same reservation also.

    The website to reserve a campsite is https://secure.camis.com/WA/Home.aspx.

    April 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Coincidentally, Paul and I will be on Whidbey this same weekend, but in a little studio we rent every year. We'll be taking bikes or walking but driving to the boat stop. :). Not as impressive as what you guys will do! Have a great time, Caroline

    April 22, 2013

  • Lu Z.

    oh gosh, perhaps I will finally buy a tent.

    April 21, 2013

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