Trail:Fort Ebey State Park
From Evergreen Trail Guide
Ft Ebey is partially in the Olympic rain shadow, and has well draining soils, which makes it an excellent winter riding destination. It is adjoining Island County's Kettles Trails Area, and the trails go through both areas.
Read more at the Washington State Parks Page.
| The popular Bluff Trail and Kyle's Kettle trails are now closed to bikes.
See below for more info.
How to find it
On Whidbey Island just north of Coupeville, take Libby Rd. and follow signs to Ft. Ebey State Park. Park at gun battery for access to bathrooms.
Most trails are well drained so there's very little mud. Good ol' fashioned cross country trail riding with roots, rocks, switchbacks and some beautiful forested areas.
01/09/2010 It had rained heavily the day before. It was dry in most areas with exception of Raider Creek. All trails were clear.
Took a spin on these trails on 3/1/2008. It had rained pretty heavily the night before, and I was amazed at how dry the trails were when I rode them the following morning. I only saw a few small puddles, and honestly I probably did not even need to put the fenders on my bike. All the trails I rode where clear of blowdown. --Bcrowley20 20:32, 2 March 2008 (PST)
From the Gun Battery parking lot you can head south through the campground and you'll quickly spot single track running down the ridge on your left. Those trails go eastward and connect with the rest of the network in the Kettles property. Bring a map along, it's easy to get turned around.
Local Points of Interest
There are plenty of services and restaurants in nearby Coupeville. Of course the island is home to the famous Penn Cove mussels so don't miss out on a chance for some fresh ones.
Good beach walking, bird watching and hang gliding. Also some surfing.
Camping is available from the state parks. They maintain some biker/hiker specific sites at reduced rates if you leave the car at home.
The trail system is maintained by the state parks department and the adjacent Kettles Property is managed by Island County.