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Cedar Hollow

Average Rating:    (3.8 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 5

No real long "epic" trails, just a really fun network of trails, from .5 to 2 miles long that interlace the hills beside the water. Mostly short, STEEP hills on well-packed dirt/sand. Lots of riders come here to play, so watch the blind turns. Area also has a big picnic area and a campground.
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Latitude
48.22055542444503
Longitude
-122.76191711425781
Trail Directions
On Whidbey Island (Exit 189 from I-5). About 5-10 miles South of Oak Harbor or 5-10 miles North of Coupeville. Follow road signs to FORT EBBEY. Maps available at the ranger office, or just park and ride toward the water, you'll find 'em.
Trail Length
~15 miles of interconnecting trails
Trail Level
Trails for all skill levels
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Oak Harbor
   


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Reviews 1 - 5 (5 Reviews Total)

Review Date
May 30, 2008

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: mjb1084@gmail.com ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Been riding the Kettles pretty regularly for the last few weeks (I live nearby). Trails are in great shape- and surprisingly dry when I rode today. Be prepared for some steep climbs if you go down into the kettles. Humpty Dumpty is my favorite - some small fun jumps. Ride all the way to the ocean at Ft. Ebey- the view is worth it:)

Other recommended trails in the same area:
The trails at Saratoga woods in Langley, WA are also great.



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Review Date
November 14, 2000

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: LYM , from San Diego

Summary:
My best girl and I ride this trail all the time. I love her, the trail that is. It's got some surprising twists and turns and you have to watch out for those crazy navy guys.
a perfect day is a ride on this trail and picnic in the park until sunset. I'm there right now.

Recommended Route:
Grab a map and go for it.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Deception, anacortes trails



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Review Date
August 29, 1999

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: ericgreenfeather , from Sedro-Woolley, WA, USA

Summary:
Whooo boy. These trails are pretty short, but will give you a good workout if you go down into the Kettles. From a technical aspect, they are pretty easy as long as you take it slow (I took a couple novice riders out there, and they did fine), but some of the trails have some pretty nasty root systems that lay across them making them evil in the rain. (Ironically, these root systems always seem to be on the upward part of a hill where you are out-of-the-saddle climbing).
Something important that no one has mentioned yet is that several of the trails join each other at blind intersections. I've seen a couple crashes and some real near misses during peak summer months. The trails are ridden by a lot of navy guys, coming out of the naval base in Oak Harbor, so the trails are well worn and established. The Kettles are certainly the more difficult of the places to ride. Get a map. It is easy to get turned around. On the good side, it is next to impossible to get REALLY lost, as you have the beach on one side of you, and Hwy 20 on the other side. I give the trail system 3 stars, for some great downhills and some pretty scenery. The lack of longer trails and too many people keep it from having a higher rating. A side note. "The Kettles Trail" is officialy the name given to a paved biker/hiker path that goes through Ebbey's campground and skirts the "Kettles" 4(?) miles into Coupeville. It is a great idea, unfortunatley it is 20 feet from the hiway most of the time and smells like car exhaust.

Recommended Route:
There really is no recommended route. I usually park at the gun batteries and ride the bluff trail out to the Kettles.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
South Whidbey Metcalf trail system.



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Review Date
July 1, 1999

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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5.00 of 5, 2.00 votes

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Reviewed by: Spencer , from Oak Harbor, WA

Summary:
First off, if you are coming to this trail from the south you must take the ferry across to Whidbey Island (the initial reviewer left out this info)if you come to this trail from I5 I recommend exit 230 towards Oak Harbor / Anacortes (see directions to Deception Pass trails I reviewed or to Fort Ebey (not Ebbey)). This trail area is within 2 state parks at Ebey and Kettles (or maybe I am wrong?NOT)Please look under the fort Ebey review. This area is fun and Kettles is right next door. kettles is a bunch of REALLY short trail that all connect (all combined = 2-3 miles. Fort Ebey (map provided if you look under the review I submitted for this area) is a pretty good place to ride and the review above is accurate but the ride could be up to 10-12 miles if you put a good route together and include some of the Kettles trails. there are some ripping short up and down single-track. Most trails are not really used much but the most popular is the Bluff trail which runs along the bluff, the views are nice so everyone wants to look so please be careful along this route and be aware of families and pedestrians.

Recommended Route:
Drive to the last parking area at the north ent of the park and ride the bluff trail, cut in at the campground trail or perimeter trail then pick some interior trails, it all hooks up and it is pretty easy to find your way around. Keep in mind the map provided by the park only lists about half the available trails, but all the trails are VERY clearly marked.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Deception Pass State Park, Anacortes Community Forest Lands. I have Maps for these areas if you would like one e-mailed just ask.



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Review Date
March 3, 1999

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Lagerwey , from Coupevill

Summary:
You will need a map because the spider web of trail takes you up and down a wild variety of super sweet sinuous singletrack. The riding is divided into two parts. The kettles area is more open and the Ebbey section is more technical. Start with some easier stuff in the Kettles area, and then challenge your skills in Ebbey section. The best part of this area is that it is fairly dry even during this wet winter because it sits in the Olympic rain shadow and the soil is like a big sponge.

Recommended Route:
There are so many different loops to ride that I can describe only one, but the trail along the bluff to lake pondilla is a thrill. I almost hate to post this because I don't want my home trail to become congested.
I ride the Kettles trail from Coupeville and then usually head to point partridge to check out the view before heading into the forest.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Up on Fidalgo Island, near Anacortes is a world class network of trails that climb and decend Mt. Erie. Trails hug lakes and dive deep into some old growth forests.



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