North Kitsap Trails Association

Building Trails for Our Future

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The following statement has been released by Pope Resources:

PhotoPort Gamble Upland Trails Opened for Recreational Use:

As of September 4, 2015 the Port Gamble Uplands will be re-opened for non-motorized recreational use due to the significant local rainfall. All other Pope Resources lands will remain closed until further notice. As a reminder, there are still portions of the Port Gamble Uplands that are closed due to the active logging. We sincerely appreciate the trail user communities understanding of our needs for seasonal closure and for your continued respect for the lands we own and manage. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Adrian Miller at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 360-394-0595.

9/4/15 -

Fall is upon us and with the rains and lower fire danger we can now get out onto the trails and into the park to do some work! Help build a new reroute of the Beaver Pond trail in Port Gamble. Stay for a BBQ lunch and go home with an REI T-shirt and water bottle. Saturday Oct. 3, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Your effort will build on the work of Kitsap Forest and Bay Project partners who helped create this park, providing access to the bay and over 500 acres of forest trail. Volunteers should wear long pants, sturdy shoes and wear gloves. RSVP This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Meet at the Port Gamble Uplands trailhead south of Port Gamble.

Sponsored by REI, NKTA, Great Peninsula Conservancy, Kitsap County Parks, Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance West Sound, Kitsap Audubon and Backcountry Horsemen, Olympic Chapter.

5/27/15 -

A public meeting for the NK Trail Feasibility Study is scheduled for this Thu. May 28, 6-8 PM at the Fire Station on 26642 Miller Bay Road in Kingston.


5/27/15 -

Thanks to our generous donors during the Great Give, NKTA raised over $3750! The tremendous effort by the Kitsap Community Foundation and all the great sponsors resulted in raising over $1 million for Kitsap County non-profits.

5/27/2015 -

Kitsap County's Heritage Park Stewardship program earned a Washington Recreation and Park Association award for Environmental Stewardship. In an email to Heritage Park Stewardship volunteers announcing the award, Lori Raymaker, Park Stewardship Coordinator, thanked volunteers:

"You are all a huge part of this award, because without you, this program and our parks as we know them, would not exist. As a park staff person, and a citizen of Kitsap County, I cannot thank you enough for all that you do!!"

NKTA would like to echo Lori's heartfelt thanks to all the volunteers who give their time, heart and enthusiasm to the parks and trails that our community enjoys.


 - Update on Port Gamble Trail Closures
for Timber Thinning - 

There's a new map on the timber thinning up in Port Gamble and except for the area completely closed for Commercial Thinning, most trails are open on the weekends. But be careful, thinning means they are actively cutting trees to create enough room and light for the other trees to keep growing, so there may be trees down on the trails.

Keep your eye on the thinning map: 1200, Ankle Biter & Downhell are completely closed, but 1000 is now back open on the weekends.

Here's a picture of the Commercial thinning.

5/12/15 -

On May 12th the Great Peninsula Conservancy kicks off a crowd-funding campaign to raise an additional $25,000 to complete the purchase of 270 acres of the Grovers Creek Preserve. Donating to the campaign completes two major goals - preservation of a valuable wetland and securing an east-west path for the Sound to Olympics Trail.


- Do you know what NKTA accomplished in 2014? -  

Here's what your membership dollars, donations & time helped NKTA get done in 2014:

  • Supported $1.8 million in County grant applications to acquire land in Port Gamble.
  • NKTA volunteer trail scouts crawled over logs and through salmonberry jungles to help County Public Works find a feasible trail connection from Kingston to the Port Gamble trails.
  • NKTA trail planning helped secure the grants for the new Port Gamble shoreline park. Plus NKTA donated funds, organized the press tour and helped stage and clean up after the party!
  • Amazing progress on the Sound to Olympics Trail on Bainbridge--$3.5 million in grants secured and construction to start this year!
  • Kitsap is now the home of the first National Water Trail in Washington state.
  • New local community trails @ Kingston Village Green and Poulsbo's Raab Park.
  • Learn more about our work last year, and help us get even more done in 2015.


 - NKTA, County Parks and REI team up to improve new trailhead - 

February: Potholes the size of lakes!

Check out the newly improved trailhead at Kitsap County's Port Gamble Forest Heritage Park along SR 104. Kitsap County Parks, NKTA volunteers and a mix of County, NKTA, and REI grant funds are all being put to good use for some loooong overdue maintenance at the trailhead parking area. The old parking area has been cleaned up, re-graded and graveled. Coming soon to trailhead near you: a new fence and a trailhead kiosk. Our new gorgeous park is starting to look gorgeous when you arrive!


 - Come support the toughest runners around! - 

The Lumberjack Endurance Run is coming to Port Gamble April 11 and 12 and has 100 mile, 100K and 50 mile options. This is part of the Roots Rock race series and benefits the North Kitsap Trails Association. If you aren't ready to run for up to 30 hours, please help NKTA, the trails and the runners by volunteering. The runners appreciate the support so much and it's fun to cheer them on! If you are interested in helping, send us an This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call Brooke or Chris at Poulsbo Running (360-779-8757). Food and beverages will be provided to all volunteers.