Whidbey Island’s southern shore boasts a beach so sandy you can go barefoot—doing that at most Washington shores is like losing a fight with a pumice stone. The trail is the sandy expanse itself, positioned beneath two towering 300-foot bluffs and wide enough at any tide that you needn’t crawl over driftwood. Dogs are similarly liberated, since it’s quite possibly the biggest leash-free beach on the West Coast. Looking up, Mount Rainier hovers above the Seattle skyline to the south, but the panorama also includes views of Mount Baker, Three Fingers Mountain, Mount Pilchuck, and the jagged Olympic range.
Watch For Pigeon guillemots, surf scoters, and buffleheads—and other seabirds with less funny-sounding names—in and above Admiralty Inlet.
Getting There Take the ferry from Mukilteo to Clinton on Whidbey Island. Continue north on SR 525 for 8.5 miles, then turn left onto Double Bluff Rd. Proceed for 2 miles to Double Bluff Park. Travel times vary due to ferries.
Distance from downtown 1 hour, 20 minutes (60 minutes driving, 20 minutes on the ferry)
Permits and Passes None