North Kitsap Trails Association

Building Trails for Our Future

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NKTA is pleased to be the recipient of a
$10,000 stewardship grant from REI

REIThis years' grant will be divided between several projects:

  • A pilot project for water trail signage in coordination with the Kitsap Peninsula Water Trail Alliance and Visit Kitsap. This project will mark water trail launch sites from land and water, so people know both where they can launch and take a break.
  • Purchase of trail maintenance equipment and tools.
  • A trail construction project at the Kingston Green.
  • A trail construction project at Raab Park in Poulsbo.

If you're interested in water trails, you'll be interested in two projects.

  • We're looking for volunteers to help w/ the water trail signage pilot project--we'd like to find people to spearhead the specifics on just two or three sites in your area. If you are willing to help with this fall/winter project, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Kitsap County, Visit Kitsap and the National Park Service are organizing the Kitsap Peninsula Water Trails Alliance, a regional effort to work on Kitsap's National Water Trail system. For more information on this exciting project, please contact Eric Baker at (360) 337-4495.



Port Gamble Shoreline Park
REI/GPC Stewardship Day
Saturday Nov. 1

GPCSaturday November 1, 9 AM - 2 PM. Plant trees at Kitsap County's newest park. Go home with a Get Dirty T-shirt from REI. Join other rock star volunteers at the new Port Gamble Shoreline Park. We'll start the day by removing invasive plants, and then plant the red cedar saplings that will one day shade this beautiful park.

Port Gamble Shoreline Park is the first land purchased through the Kitsap Forest & Bay Project's effort to conserve nearly 7,000 acres of forestland surrounding Port Gamble Bay. The park includes 1.5 miles of shoreline and more than 500 acres of forest for hiking, cycling, running, horseback riding, and birding. Bring your gloves, shovels, clippers and sturdy shoes. Enjoy the shoreline, the views, some great snacks and the company of other fabulous volunteers!
Details and directions.
RSVP: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (360) 373-3500.
Sponsored by REI, Kitsap County Parks, and Great Peninsula Conservancy.


 - Help design Phase II of the Sound to Olympics Trail on Bainbridge!
7 PM Wednesday September 17
Bainbridge Island City Hall

BI Sound to OlympicsOn Wednesday, September 17th, neighbors from across the Kitsap Peninsula are invited to the initial community meeting hosted by the Bainbridge Non-Motorized Transportation Advisory Committee (NMTAC) to help design the second section of the Sound to Olympics regional trail on the Island between Winslow Way and Vineyard Lane--building active transportation connections with all West Sound communities. The meeting will present project context, purpose, and goals; note physical and financial constraints; and receive input from stakeholders on potential elements and alternatives.

The City of Bainbridge Island has been awarded three grants to design and construct more than a mile of the Sound to Olympics Trail from the toll booths at the Washington State Ferries Terminal up to High School Road--thus connecting the entire Winslow business district, civic centers, neighborhoods, schools, ferries and Kitsap Transit with a bicycle and pedestrian spine route along SR 305. The first two of three funded segments will be built in 2015, connecting up to the existing non-motorized bridge which crosses the Winslow Ravine along the east side of the highway at the Vineyard Lane development.


 - 2nd annual BiketoberFest - Port Gamble, September 26 & 27 - 

BiketoberFestWest Sound Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance (EMBA) BiketoberFest on the Port Gamble trails. Night ride w/ campfire, SuperD race, Poker Run, 7 Bike Shops, 7 Breweries, Demos, Games, Prizes and a Bike Raffle!

Location: Uplands trailhead, off hwy 104 just south of Port Gamble.

BiketoberFest is great for families AND given the memorable mud of 2013, we're sure there is guaranteed perfect weather this year!


 - Indianola Waterfront Preserve
REI/GPC Stewardship Day
September 13, 9 AM - 2 PM

Love to Kayak? Join us September 13 from 9 am - 2 pm. Here's a chance to spend a day with other rock star volunteers improving one of Kitsap Peninsula Water Trail's beautiful resting spots! Indianola Waterfront Preserve is used by paddlers from all over, as a stop on Washinton State's first National Water Trail. To help paddlers gain better access to the park's lovely upland trail, volunteers will help construct 115 feet of boardwalk on the estuary and reroute trail. Enjoy a tailgate picnic lunch courtesy of REI.
RSVP: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., (360) 373-3500


 - Great Summer Events - 

  • 7/27 - Tour de Kitsap. West Sound Cycling Club is hosting their 21st annual Kitsap ride, with a new start in Kingston, as well as Silverdale and Bremerton. There are four different ride lengths, from 32 to 100 miles, and strawberry shortcake at the finish! Something for everyone!
  • 8/3 - Port Gamble Half Marathon. This is part of the "Roots and Rocks series" and is run on the trails in Port Gamble. You can register at Poulsbo Running or get more info above.
  • 8/10 - Squeaky Wheels' Bike for Pie. They've got the usual 32 mile challenge course, a new family ride and the same great pie!
  • 8/23 - Paddle Kitsap. Paddle the acclaimed Kitsap Peninsula Water Trail on this 1 day adventure from Port Orchard to Silverdale and experience one of the nations best paddling destinations.
  • 9/21 - Kitsap Color Classic. Cascade Bike Club offers 25, 39 and 57 mile loops through north Kitsap, starting in Kingston.
  • 10/12 - Poulsbo Marathon. (plus 1/2 marathon, 10K & relays!) This is an ideal time of year for a run and a fundraiser for NKTA. So start training now or come help cheer on the runners!
  • 10/26 - Spooky 12k. Another run on the Port Gamble trails and part of the Roots and Rocks series.


 - BI Olympic Drive Project Meeting
Wed, July 30th, 7 PM at Bainbridge City Hall - 

This project provides the initial section of the Sound to Olympics Trail, safer on-road bike facilities, as well as wider & more accessible pedestrian walkways between the tollbooths at the Bainbridge WSF terminal and Winslow Way. It will integrate with the recently completed Winslow Way Reconstruction and Waypoint Park, and the new promenade and protected bike lanes being developed along the Seattle Waterfront. In addition to making this section of SR 305 safer for the large and growing number of bicycle commuters, it will enable families with children to travel by bicycles to attractive destinations on Bainbridge and in Seattle, such as Myrtle Edwards Park.

Sound to Olympics work group

Participants will be able to review and comment on their preferences for three design options developed by consultants for the City. The City's Non-Motorized Transportation Advisory Committee and City Staff will use this feedback to produce a final design, which will be constructed in 2015. The North Kitsap Trails Association and Squeaky Wheels have been key partners in preparing this grant and facilitating development of design alternatives.


 - April Celebration of Port Gamble Shoreline Acquisition - 

Kitsap Forest & Bay celebration

In April, we had a large turnout to celebrate the first acquisition of the Kitsap Forest and Bay Project. It was a wonderful event and a great opportunity to both celebrate and thank all the people who helped make this happen. Forterra made a great video and in just a few minutes of your time, you can hear what all of your local elected officials, Forterra, the Great Peninsula Conservancy and Tribal leadership have to say about the project.


 - Kitsap County applies for 3 Port Gamble Trails grants - 

Port Gamble Trails Conceptual PlanNKTA is working closely with Kitsap County and County staff to help with three applications for state and federal grants to acquire Port Gamble land for trails. This spring 35 community members from 17 organizations helped create the Conceptual Site Plan for Port Gamble Trails in a series of three workshops. Thanks to all of those who participated and our professional volunteers (Wenzlau Architects, Fischer-Bauma , Sean Parker & Doug Maraist) ! You can find the "Conceptual Plan" and the accompanying goals online.


 - Can you join the KFB Forest of trees in the Bainbridge July 4th parade? - 

Bainbridge July 4th Parade

Our "Forest of Trees" (and menagerie of sea creatures) parade again this Fourth of July, dancing our way down the street to help get the word out about the Kitsap Forest & Bay Project. It is a wonderful way to spend part of the day. Kids can easily carry one of the tree puppets. Bainbridge Grand Old Fourth Parade starts at 1 pm and lasts about an hour. Line up by 12:30 pm on Madison Ave. south of High School Rd. Look for the tree puppets and KFBP banner. We need help with this! Contact Judy at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / (206) 459-6841 or NKTA.