COME PLAY OUTSIDE WITH US!
Experience for yourself why we love this place — and why we are working hard to save it!
A forest three times the size of New York’s Central Park is at risk of being sectioned into 20 acre plots which, if sold, would cause the forest to become fragmented, increasing development and limiting public access.
The Port Gamble Forest:
3,000 acres of the Port Gamble Forest are at risk of being sold and developed – causing the forest to become fragmented and would increasingly limit public access.
If we fail to act now the days of informal access to the land will draw to a sharp close, and with that all opportunity for ecological and cultural restoration of this uniquely situated lowland forest will be lost. The Kitsap Forest and Bay Community Campaign is working hard to conserve the property so it can be enjoyed for generations!
The Port Gamble Forest’s enormous size and proximity to surrounding metropolitan areas make it an ideal year-round recreation destination. Due to its low elevation, the property is free from snowfall, providing year-round access to over 65 miles of trails, accommodating cyclists, runners, mountain bikers, equestrians, bird watchers and people of all ages and abilities!
Learn more about the Community Campaign at SavePG.org
BIKE: Join our guides for beginner to intermediate mountain biking, good for hybrid trail bikes
- Port Gamble / Stottlemeyer Trails: This fantastic network of intermediate trails features great single track runs and fun obstacles.You will find both uphill and light downhill tracks linked together with small logging roads (which are only open to non-motorized use). There is some elevation gain, but at 500 feet max, it is just enough to make things interesting! Trails start near Poulsbo and lead all the way to Port Gamble, the trails provide a great combination of technical track with a fair bit of flow – there’s a little something for everyone! We might even take a trek down the new Derailed trail that all the riders are talkin’ about…
Access point: Stottlemeyer Trail head What to bring: your bike, helmet, weather appropriate layers, your water bottle. Difficulty and length: Easy/moderate; 12 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).
HIKE: 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 or a loop hike—both sure to provide a glimpse into this gem of a forest.
- 2-3 mile/easy stroll: Explore Beaver Pond trail, taking a close-up look at the beaver ponds and meandering through an immense peaceful forest.
- 5 mile loop/moderate level: Ewok, E.T, Twisted Sister, Hope—find yourself on these fun trails as we explore the expansive 3,000 acre Port Gamble Forest.
- Meet at The Port Gamble Heritage Park, west side parking lot. No parking pass needed.
PADDLE: The Port Gamble Bay is a beautiful way to take in the shoreline and adjacent forest! Grab your kayak or paddleboard for a tour along the shoreline to experience the “place of the noonday sun,” as the Port Gamble S’Klallam have called the bay they have lived around for thousands of years!
Olympic Outdoor Center will have a handful of single and double kayaks avaiable for rent at 25% off discount. Check in at the Port Gamble shop at 9:30 to get on the water by 10. These will be handled on a first come first serve basis. Make sure to RSVP below so I can give them an estimate of numbers. Access Point: Paddle meet up is the beach just north of Port Gamble town parking lot. Pull into town, take right at the end of the town parking lot down to the beach, unload and then be ready to meet and be on the water by 10.
SCAVENGE: As an additional fun twist to the day, RSVP’s who want to make a donation to the forest of $75 or more ahead of time will receive a map with clues for a scavenger hunt to find hidden gem’s of artwork in the forest- made by local artists! You don’t want to miss out on this!
AFTER PARTY: CB’s Nuts has generously offered to host an after party from 12-2ish. Join us for a BBQ and brewskies! CB’s Nuts is providing the food and beer sales will all go towards the forest- a true celebration of conservation, community, and summertime!!!
CB’s Nuts: 6013 NE State Hwy 104, Kingston, WA 98346- just minutes away from the forest.
July 22nd Forest and Bay Activities Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm After Party and BBQ: 12:00pm-2:00ish
Where to meet: See above in each activity section.
What to bring: A small snack and filled reusable water bottle! Remember to check the weather and bring appropriate layers, rain gear or sun protection as needed.
Please RSVP: The sooner you RSVP – the more prepared we will be! We want to make your visit to Port Gamble Forest a great experience! Contact Susannah Hale with RSVP or questions.