The Seattle Times' Linda Shaw recently took a trip to Ebey's Landing, a windswept headland on Whidbey Island laced by one of Western Washington's most popular coastal trails. Shaw wrote that the "hike alone makes Ebey’s Landing worth the trip."
"The truth is I’ve bypassed Ebey’s in favor of some of Washington’s other treasures, like Mount Rainier or the North Cascades. But this was winter, and the high-country trails were under deep snow. I had heard about Ebey’s bluff-and-beach ramble, a main attraction of Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve. Frankly, I was expecting a short, pleasant hike and not much more. But Ebey’s was such a joy, I went back just two weeks later.
"The fun wasn’t just in the hike, but in Ebey’s Landing as a whole — all 22 square miles of land determinedly kept much the same as it was 150 years ago."
The Nature Conservancy owns and manages the Robert Y. Pratt Preserve along the coastline of Ebey's Landing. The site’s ecological treasures include Perego's Lake — one of the least disturbed coastal wetlands in the state — the rare and threatened golden paintbrush plant, and prairie habitat, which is virtually gone from Western Washington.
If you haven't already, take a trip out to Ebey's Landing and enjoy this local treasure for yourself!