Northwest Region First Day Hikes

An adult and three children looking at an interpretive panel with ocean and islands in background.

History, birdwatching, science -- there's a lot to love for all ages on First Day Hikes at Western Washington parks north of Seattle, in the San Juan Islands and up to the Canadian border. Find your 2023 First Day Hikes below. Parks are listed alphabetically. 

Please note: There is no charge for hikes and a Discover Pass is not required to park on state managed land on Jan. 1, a State Parks Free Day. Some hikes do have limited participation and require registration and/or may require a Sno-Park permit. Be sure to save your spot and get your permit(s) following the links included in the park's event descriptions.

  1. Parks D - F
  2. Parks L - R
  3. Parks  S - W

Deception Pass State Park

  • Time of Event: 10 a.m.
  • Name of Hike: Deception Pass First Day Hike
  • Trail Name: Cornet Bay (we will be doing a few different hikes)
  • Length of Hike: 2 miles
  • Where to Meet: Cornet Bay
  • Degree of Difficulty: Moderate
  • Is this Hike for Beginners? Yes
  • ADA Accessible? Yes
  • Stroller Accessible? Yes
  • Are leashed dogs allowed? Yes
  • Restrictions: Children need to be accompanied by an adult, and pets must remain on leash
  • Things to bring: Hiking boots, water, and appropriate clothes for the weather.
  • Registration Required: No
  • Cancellation Information: 360-675-3767 ext 231
  • Description: We would like to offer a series of hikes, like we have done in the past. Typically, we have between 100-150 people show up so it makes the most sense to split up the group. One group will do a more difficult 2 mile route and discover forest ecosystems along the CCC Crossing Trail. The other group will walk the 2 mile old ferry terminal road (ADA/Stroller friendly).

Fort Casey Historical State Park

  • Time of Event: 10 a.m. and 2p.m.
  • Name of Hike: History at Fort Casey
  • Trail Name: Fort Casey
  • Length of Hike: 1 mile
  • Where to Meet: Nearest parking is in the front parking lot.
  • Degree of Difficulty: Moderate
  • Is this Hike for Beginners? Yes
  • ADA Accessible? No
  • Stroller Accessible? No
  • Are leashed dogs allowed? Yes
  • Restrictions: Age limit 7+
  • Things to bring: Good shoes for walking are recommended as are warm clothing and a raincoat.
  • Registration Required: Yes. To register please email: CentralWhidbeyInterpretation@parks.wa.gov
  • Cancellation Information: 360-678-4519
  • Description: What did those big guns defend Washington’s coasts from? Join members of the Fort Casey Volunteer Battalion as they host history hikes of Fort Casey and its batteries.

Fort Ebey State Park

  • Time of Event: 10 a.m.
  • Name of Hike: Intro to biking at Fort Ebey
  • Trail Name: Fort Ebey
  • Length of Hike: 1.9 miles
  • Where to Meet: Fort Ebey Battery parking lot
  • Degree of Difficulty: Moderate
  • Is this Hike for Beginners? Yes
  • ADA Accessible? No
  • Stroller Accessible? No
  • Are leashed dogs allowed? No
  • Restrictions: Recommended 8 years old. Cannot participate without helmet. Park roads may be wet, dress for cooler conditions.   
  • Things to bring: Bicycle/pedal assisted e-bike, gloves, helmet, water, snacks, appropriate attire.
  • Registration Required: Yes. There will be a limit of 20 riders, please pre-register through centralwhidbeyintepretation@parks.wa.gov include names and ages of intended participants.
  • Cancellation Information: 360-853-6367
  • Description: The intro bike ride will start at the battery parking lot loop and go through the park, campground, and old fort entrance trail. Brief breaks will be incorporated for interpretive talks and questions led by Park Ranger Andrew Gonzales. There will be some hills involved. This is a great opportunity to start the new year off with a bike ride while learning about Fort Ebey and bicycle safety. This event is weather dependent. Parents are required to accompany participants under 18 years old.

Fort Ebey State Park

  • Time of Event: 1 p.m.
  • Name of Hike: Medium to advanced biking at Fort Ebey                
  • Trail Name: Fort Ebey
  • Length of Hike: 4 miles
  • Where to Meet: Fort Ebey Battery parking lot
  • Degree of Difficulty: Moderate
  • Is this Hike for Beginners? Yes
  • ADA Accessible? No
  • Stroller Accessible? No
  • Are leashed dogs allowed? No
  • Restrictions: Recommended 10 years old. Cannot participate without helmet. Park roads may be wet, dress for cooler conditions.   
  • Things to bring: Bicycle/pedal assisted e-bike, gloves, helmet, water, snacks, appropriate attire.
  • Registration Required: Yes. There will be a limit of 20 riders, please pre-register through centralwhidbeyintepretation@parks.wa.gov include names and ages of intended participants.
  • Cancellation Information: 360-853-6367
  • Description: The intro bike ride will start at the battery parking lot loop and go through the park, campground, and old fort entrance trail. Brief breaks will be incorporated for interpretive talks and questions led by Park Ranger Andrew Gonzales. There will be some hills involved. This is a great opportunity to start the new year off with a bike ride while learning about Fort Ebey and bicycle safety. This event is weather dependent. Parents are required to accompany participants under 18 years old.