North Kitsap Trails Association

Building Trails for Our Future

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Black Friday #OptOutside
Nov. 25, 10:00am - 1:30pm

We invite you to skip Black Friday shopping this year and join NKTA, REI and Forterra outside instead of hitting the stores. Visit one of Kitsap's many parks, or better yet, grab your friends and family for a guided Bird, Bike & Hikes in the Port Gamble Forest Heritage Park led by Kitsap Audubon Society, Evergreen Mountain Biking Alliance and North Kitsap Trails Association and volunteers. Bring the WHOLE Family. There is something for everyone. Experience for yourself why we love this place - and why we are working hard to save it!

 

Hiking:

 

Six times the size of Seattle's Discovery Park, this expansive lowland forest provides the entire Puget Sound region with year-round trail access for people of all ages and abilities. Join members of the North Kitsap Trails Association who will lead both a casual stroll and a loop hike to provide a glimpse into this gem of a forest.

Location: Start from the Port Gamble Park Bayview parking lot.

Hike 1: Explore Beaver Pond trail, taking a close-up look at the beaver ponds and meander through an immense peaceful forest. This 2-3 mile route provides an easy, generally level stroll suitable for all ages.

Hike 2: Explore a wider range of the 3,000 acre Port Gamble Forest on this 5 mile moderate loop in the park. Enjoy the scenery as we explore fun trails such as Ewok, E.T, Twisted Sister, Hope.

What to bring: Clothing suitable for the weather and the hike and a water bottle.

Biking:

Join our Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance guides. The trail network provides numerous single track routes for both mountain and hybrid trail bikes linked to logging roads open only to non-motorized vehicles. There is some elevation gain, but at 500 feet max, it is just enough to make things interesting! The trails provide a great combination of technical track with a fair bit of flow.

Location: Start from the Stottlemeyer Trailhead.

What to bring: your bike, helmet, weather appropriate layers, and your water bottle.

Difficulty and length: Easy/moderate; 25 miles round trip. Please Note: Our guides know the forest like the back of their hand, but if you decide to explore on your own it's a good idea to bring your smart phone with a map and GPS - the Maprika application is a very handy tool for this expansive area (there is cell coverage in about 90% of the area).

Birding:

Grab your binoculars and cameras and join us. Kitsap County's 236 miles of salt-water shoreline offer more marine habitat than any other county in the lower 48 states. Surrounded almost entirely by saltwater, the Kitsap Peninsula is visited regularly by more than 200 species of birds. Some 115 species nest here. Marine birds are abundant from November through March, with over-wintering loons, grebes and cormorants readily seen along the shores. Waterfowl are also plentiful in the winter months, including wigeons, scoters, mergansers and goldeneyes.

Location: Start from the Port Gamble Park Bayview parking lot.

What to bring: clothing suitable for the weather and a short hike, water and binoculars.

Whether on your own or joining with REI, Forterra and NKTA on a guided tour of the Port Gamble Forest we hope you will #OptOutside and discover for yourself why we are working to save the rest of the forest around the Port Gamble Heritage Park.