Will you go out with us? This Black Friday, we’re going to #OptOutside. Grab your friends and family as we #ReturntotheForest for a guided Bird, Bike, or Hike in the Port Gamble Forest. 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!
BIRD: Grab your binoculars and cameras!
- 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.
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 trailhead
What to bring: your bike, helmet, weather appropriate layers, your water bottle.
Difficulty and length: Easy/moderate; 15 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.
Black Friday- November 25th
Time: 10:00am – 1:00pm
Where to meet: Port Gamble Forest Heritage Park Trailhead: Olympic Resources Trails, Kingston, WA 98346. Meet by the trail kiosk, at the edge of the parking lot; biking meets at Stottlemeyer.
What to bring: Pack a sack lunch for a picnic and don’t forget your 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.