August 2, 2012
Contact: Linda Berry-Maraist 621-3839
Join us in Kingston, Saturday August 4, for the Dedication of the Kitsap Peninsula Water Trails and Kingston Trail Rendezvous. Meet us at Mike Wallace Park.
It's a party to celebrate the dedication of the Water Trails from 4-6:30 with arrival of Paddle Kitsap participants, music and beer garden.
Explore the NK Heritage Park, proposed park expansion property and White Horse trails using a hop-on hop-off shuttle bus and/or join a guided walk or mountain bike ride. Free shuttle bus to the trails runs from Kingston from 1-5 p.m. and is provided by the Suquamish Tribe/Port Madison Enterprises.
Park your car in Kingston and join a volunteer guide, or simply grab a map and bus schedule from our information booth and use the shuttle to explore on your own. This is a great opportunity to explore the trails, park or NK Heritage Park expansion property and only walk one way! The park expansion property is part of the Kitsap Forest and Bay effort to conserve 7,000 acres of land , trails and shoreline, stretching from Port Gamble to Kingston. Learn more at www.kitsapforestbay.org
Our booth will have water and land trail maps, trail descriptions, information on the Kitsap Forest and Bay Project & North Kitsap Trails Association, and helpful volunteers. Trail lengths vary from just over a mile up to 5 miles - there is something for everybody!
Guided trail walks leave on the shuttle from Mike Wallace Park at 1, 2 and 3 p.m., mountain bike ride leaves at 2. Find schedule and shuttle bus details under events.
April 26, 2013 -
“International Group Selects Port Gamble for Trail Care Program”
North Kitsap Trails Association announced that the prestigious International Mountain Bike Association (IMBA) has selected the popular North Kitsap-Port Gamble trail system be part of its Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew program. IMBA is an international grassroots educational program and authority on sustainable trail building practices. The IMBA grant awards and assisted local IMBA affiliated organizations improve thousands of trails in all 50 states, Canada, Mexico and Europe.
“It’s an honor to have the IMBA select our region for its prestigious Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew program. The Port Gamble trail system is one of the Kitsap Peninsula’s most important adventure sports and recreation assets.”, said Linda Berry-Maraist, President of the North Kitsap Trails Association. “The Port Gamble Trail system attracts hundreds of mountain bike enthusiasts and visitors to the area. It's become a major contributor to the local economy and we're delighted to have the IMBA support our local trail efforts.”, Berry-Maraist added.
The Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew is comprised of two teams of professional trail experts that travel year-round throughout the United States and beyond. They plan to be in North Kitsap area from May 30-June 2 and will lead trail work sessions, meet with land managers, and work with clubs and communities on how to improve mountain biking opportunities. The IMBA plans to film the North Kitsap/Port Gamble trail training project to use as part of its national promotion.
The program has multiple events and kicks-off on May 30, with a public presentation, “Better Living Through Trails”, 5–7 PM at Poulsbo City Hall. IMBA will present an hour presentation on effective trail development and examples and data about trails and their impacts in communities around the country. Successful trail systems involve collaboration between land owners and managers, volunteer groups, community leaders and other local stakeholders.
Saturday June 1, Trail Building seminar, 9-4 Poulsbo City Hall / Port Gamble Trails. Workshop full.
Saturday June 1, 5 p.m. Slippery Pig Brewery, 932 NW Slippery Pig Way, Poulsbo. Celebration of the Port Gamble trails and benefit for North Kitsap Trail Association sponsored by Peninsula Subaru. Check out the IMBA equipped Subaru along with a couple of Peninsula Subaru’s finest vehicles. Family friendly, music, prizes & open to all. Prizes from REI, MSR, Thermarest, Classic Cycle, Bainbridge Island Cycle, Silverdale Cyclery, RAX and Beer from local craft breweries, Slippery Pig, Valholl Brewing, Sound Brewing, Hood Canal Brewing and Der Blokken Brewery.
Sunday June 2, 9 a.m. Mountain Bike Trail Ride on the extensive Port Gamble trails, open to all levels of experience. Meet at Port Gamble Uplands trail head, off highway 104, just south of Port Gamble.
Contact: Brian Kilpatrick 360-626-3107
- Grants, Volunteers & Donations To Complete
New Trail In NK Heritage Park -
The NK Heritage Park Stewardship Group, NKTA and volunteers from Aspect Consulting LLC, will team up later this summer to build a boardwalk to reroute the trail cross the wetland near the parking lot at Miller Bay Road. It will complete the Boundary Trail, creating a loop with the Spine Line Trail. Grants from Puget Sound Energy ($3,000) and the Suquamish Tribe ($2,000), combined with $500 from the Kingston Rotary, will fund the purchase of materials. This will be the second year that Aspect Consulting employees have done a major project in the park. Park steward Dave Haley is coordinating the project. Thanks to all the volunteers and donors that will help make this happen!
- Maps & Water Trails -
The Kitsap Peninsula VCB just released the Kitsap Peninsula Water Trails Map which shows kayak launch sites for all of Kitsap County. This great map lists practical amenities like parking, restaurants and stores and is already in REI stores to help bring visitors to Kitsap small businesses. NKTA was happy to be a sponsor, so if you've joined NKTA, you helped make this happen.
Good News: Governor Gregoire signed the Forest Compensating Tax measure last month, removing a substantial extra cost for Kitsap Conservation projects. King, Pierce and Snohomish Counties already had an exemption to avoid this conservation tax, and now with Governor's signature, Kitsap has the same opportunity. Representative Drew Hanson and Senator Rolfes were instrumental in getting this legislation approved.
- “Citizen Park” on Bainbridge will compliment the Sound to Olympics Trail -
The Sound to Olympics Trail (STO for short) is a regional trail crossing Kitsap County. It will connect the trails of the Mountains to Sound Greenway (like the Burke-Gilman Trail), across via both the Winslow and Kingston ferries, with the Olympic Discovery Trail beyond the Hood Canal Bridge.
Join us June 9-10, 2012 for a fun filled weekend Mountain Biking, Kayaking/Paddling, Trail Running, and Standup paddle boarding in Port Gamble, WA on the spectacular Kitsap Peninsula. Whether you are a beginner or advanced, young or old adventurer you will appreciate the weekend of fun filled racing, demos, classes, vendors, food and festival atmosphere.
All ages are welcome and no experience is necessary for this seriously fun event, so grab the kids, your buddies and your sense of adventure and head to historic Port Gamble for the day or the weekend.
- North Kitsap String of Pearls Trail Plan adopted by County -
The was officially adopted by Kitsap County November 28, 2011 and is now part of the County Comprehensive Plan. The document has already begun being used to assist County grant applications. Thank you to everyone who provided their ideas and feedback, and to the many volunteers who invested so much time! The plan is available on NKTA's website.