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Level: Intermediate
Length: 25 mi (40.2 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +408/303 ft
Total: 43 riders
 

Mountain Biking Fort Ebey St Park

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#27 of 1,205 mountain bike trails in Washington
#1,731 in the world

This area is a literal maze of trails cut through the forest of this park and the adjoining Kettles Park, see pic of map. Although there are no mountains there are many, many small steep hills. Most of the intersections are well signed and the park service has done a great job of keeping downed trees from across the trails. A lot of the trails I rode were very newly blazed and some were barely handlebar width between the trees, a very fun and fast trail system.
The trails in Kettles park near the Hwy connect with a paved trail that runs south to the community of Coupville (4 miles). It may be a little far from Seattle for just a day trip but with beach access, hiking trails, history, picnic areas and about 35 campsites some w/hookups why not make it a weekend trip.

First added by AK_Dan on Feb 18, 2008. Last updated May 11, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: yes
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
First get onto Whidbey Island either via the ferry, Mukeltio to Clinton or driving around and coming down over Deception Pass bridge. From Clinton take Hwy 525 N to 20 E, a total of about 25 miles. Take a left on Libbey rd and follow the signs to the park. It is well worth stopping by the Park office for a free trail map.
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  • Gesizemore
    *****

    I rated tech difficulty at advanced but in all honesty if you are just looking to cruise fort ebey has trails for that. There are many technical options as well and not very crowded which is very nice. Main line trail head is 20 if you are curious. I didn't know that until I got pulled over in my car by a park ranger for speeding. All in all great trails sit haven't explored all of them.

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  • Linda H
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    I liked these trails, although I never found the one that goes along the water. The trails are well-marked and maintained. What took away from the enjoyment of riding these trails was the traffic noise coming from the highway and the air traffic noise coming from the military planes. If you're looking to really "get away from it all," I'd go somewhere else.

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  • Aknuds3nmtb
    *****

    Awesome trails! Lot's of hills and climbing but so beautiful and a great ride!

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  • aisling
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    This complex of trails was lots of fun. There are only a couple of trails that had much technical challenge. It is a great example of a NW trail system beneath the canopy of a bunch of trees. There are a number of places with no signs. The Kettles Park area had a number of places that one has to be adventurous or have a map. The park map is accurate and useful. The reality is that you are between a highway (don't hear it very much) and the sea.... can't get lost.
    Braveheart- rode it twice and later in the day it had rained which added challenge because of the roots. Short section but the most technical- I'd call this an intermediate trail. The rest of the area had some intermediate sections- like Woodpecker Haven- but overall it is a easy- intermediate experience. The Cedar Grove/ Cedar Hollow area is great experience especially when you ride and come out to look out across the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Whipper Snapper was a trip because it got so tight and closed in- it was like darkness has settled in. The only significant drop was in the Moss Hill/Lower Ridge area. I didn't find a sign- just took a less used trail found this drop. If you are looking for a fun workout/ride, this is a good place. I spent about 2.5 hours there and would go back.

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  • jaugustine28
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    Check out my full review on Fort Ebey State Park Trails at: http://brokenspokebikes.com/blogs/trail-report/27983556-fort-ebey-state-trails-coupville-wa

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  • ****

    There is some technical challenge, but much of the trailsystem is either beginner or intermediate. Nice place to Camp, too!

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  • wagnermaxx
    *****

    I like this trail a lot. There many different directions you can explore, so it won’t get boring to fast. So Get out and ride!!* Review edited 4/21/2010

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  • AK_Dan
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    A couple years since my first ride & report here this area is more fun than ever, the trails that were barely cut in back then have been well packed and maintained. There has been the introduction of some new connector trails and a few more technical runs added.
    Stop by the office at the main gate and pick up a free trail map as with almost 80 miles of trails in over 500 acres of thick NW forest it can be a little confusing. I only encountered a couple intersections that didn’t have any signs but with a map in your pocket finding your way is not a problem. The Cedar Hollow & Grove loop is a lot of fun, the Fischer & Emily’s ridges are a challenge and the Sheppard’s Crook is just a blast.
    The campground here is only 50 sites and has become pretty popular with the nearby NAS crowd so reservations are recommended anytime during the summer, 1-888-CAMPOUT.

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  • UPMichon

    This is a state park trail system with great ocean views & forested singletracks. There are two large trails, Kettles & Main Line that are the access roads/main hiking & equestrian trails. Off those trails there are many little networks of well maintained challenging singletracks. It's a great place to spend an hour or two biking while family gets a picnic set up at one of the scenic lookouts or you return to down whats left of your water bottle while watching the San Juan shipping lanes & NW view.

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