“Running is a road to self-awareness and reliance – you can push yourself to extremes and learn the harsh reality of your physical and mental limitations or coast quietly down a solitary path watching the earth spin beneath your feet,” says Doris Brown Heritage, Seattle Pacific University Class of 1964.
Camp Casey and runners have had a long relationship. Every year, we play host to multiple running camps. Why? The trails that surround Casey are numerous, and the views are breathtaking. But for those that have the passion for running but aren’t part of an organization that will participate in these camps, we offer the following selection of runs that you might find interesting. Not a runner? No worries. Many of these are hike-able and worthy of a gentle stroll.
Fort Casey tour offers 2.6 miles of easy hiking along the bluff and beach, with views of the Cascades, Olympics, and the Puget Sound. Need something more strenuous? Take the guided tour of the historic lighthouse and climb the steps to the top.
Admiralty Inlet offers 2.5 miles of trails starting along Engle Road. Camano Land Trust describes the pluses of this area as an “old growth forest, rare prairie lands, birds, and stunning views of the beach.”
The Kettles Trail, named for the area’s glacially formed kettles is easily accessed right off of Hwy 525. This is a great multi-use trail that is advertised as “providing sweeping views of the Salish Sea and travels through farmland and sections of old pine trees that never get old.” Shannon, who blogs extensively about hiking, said this about the Kettles Trails, “We not only walked along cedar trees covered with moss, gazed out towards Pt. Townsend and the regal Olympic Mountains, but we saw bald eagles and discovered a few of the features for which this park is named.”
Ebeys Ridge and Bluff trail is a 3.5-mile loop that takes you up and along the bluffs overlooking the Puget Sound and returns along the beach. The trail provides views of Mt. Baker, the Cascades, and the Olympics, while you wander through prairies overlooking the Puget Sound.
Not planning a visit to Camp Casey before the end of November? Every December, Camp Casey & Fort Casey State Park Scenic Trails host the 5K Jingle Trail Run & Walk. Watch for more details on the Coupeville Chamber of Commerce website or our Facebook page and plan on joining us.