A common misconception for people who've never been to Fort Ebey is to think that because one never gets higher than 300 feet above sea level, that the ride won't be hilly or that large elevation gains will be impossible. Wrong.
Even though the highest elevation we reached today was a scant 264 feet above sea level, we still racked up 4,289 feet of climbing! Simply put, there isn't a flat stretch of trail in the park. We rode roughly 29 miles of singletrack and were in the saddle turning the pedals for 4:05. While there we rode nearly every trail two or more times and made a point of doing them all in both directions. The only trails we encountered that definitely had a "right way" and a "wrong way" were Cedar Hollow, which should always be ridden clockwise, and Hokey-Ka-Do-Do, which should always be ridden downhill away from the Bluff Trail. Riding either of these in the other direction is just stupid. A case can be made for every other trail in either direction, but these two should be one-way only.
Click the following pics to see the larger version of our elevation profile from today and a trace of the route we took. Keep in mind we rode nearly every trail at least twice and some as many as four times each.
Elevation Profile: 4,289 feet cumulative. Represents the total time in the saddle, excluding paused time.
Map of our route