If you've been out on the Port Gamble trails recently, you may have seen the 16 new trail signs that Pope Resources allowed us to install on their property. Special thanks to John Hawkins of Northwest Trail Riders, who designed the map and built the posts, the Schorns and other NKTA volunteers, Back Country Horsemen who shared in the costs, and of course to Pope Resources for letting trail users enjoy their land. The trail map is in the Kitsap Forest and Bay brochure at all the trailheads, the trail kiosks in Port Gamble and the map section on our website.
Some forty six dedicated runners woke early on Saturday, April 13th to go on a 'trail run'. Some of them wouldn’t be done until Sunday afternoon! The 4th annual Lumberjack Endurance Run took place in Port Gamble despite cold rain, wind and a bit of hail. Runners would test their mental and physical stamina by running 50, 62 or 100 miles. That’s 19+ hours of straight running! Ultra running is anything beyond a 26.2 mile marathon, and it’s a growing sport. Still, the Lumberjack Endurance Run is one of only five such races in Washington state, which is why race organizers (the Straubs and Hammetts) started it four years ago. Participants traveled from Alberta, British Columbia, Oregon, California and Eastern Washington to run. The course was a looping 12.5 miles across the Pope owned tree farm land, which runners did 4, 6 or 8 times. There were three aid stations which demanded a full volunteer support crew for most of the weekend. Part of the proceeds from this years' race will go to NKTA, who provided several hardy volunteers.
KFBP is the effort by a large coalition to conserve close to 7,000 acres of land and 1.8 miles of shoreline stretching from Port Gamble to Kingston. There is six months left before the 2013 deadline.
The Washington Dept. of Transportation is constructing safety improvements for cyclists on the Hood Canal Bridge. This is a bicycle safety project that Senator Christine Rolfes championed for several years, to improve this vital regional bicycle link. This route is the connection between NKTA's planned Sound to Olympics Trail and the Olympic Discovery Trail in Clallam and Jefferson Counties. Cyclists will want to be aware that there is no shoulder on either side in the work zone. The 3 foot wide metal plates on the grated sections of the bridge are being removed and elastomeric concrete poured to fill the grating--providing a 4 1/2 foot wide riding surface. This is a significant improvement over the existing condition.
The North Kitsap Trails Association, West Sound Cycle Club, Pt. Townsend Bicycle Association, and Squeaky Wheels leaders worked in concert through the Bicycle Alliance of Washington with Washington State Department of Transportation managers to find an optimum solution for safety hazards on the bridge. More Info
The National Park Service chose Kitsap's Water Trail as Trail of the Month in a national newsletter, saying: "This Pacific Northwest water trail gives boaters access to some spectacular marine life and environments, scenic natural beauty, and historic port towns. The trail was formally dedicated at an annual tourism paddle event this summer following release of a trails map showing routes and access points to the county's nearly 300 miles of shoreline. The National Park Service worked with the North Kitsap Trails Association to develop a trails plan that was approved by the County Commissioners in late 2011. Grab your paddle and hit the trail!"
The new Bainbridge Island Waypoint Park (on the SW corner of Winslow Way and SR 305) has shown highly visible progress in recent weeks. Most of the concrete work is done. Bainbridge Parks staff and volunteers, including garden writer Ann Lovejoy, have been delivering and installing primarily native plants.
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 -
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
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!
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.
NKTA's website also has printable trail maps, to make it easy for you to print and take with you. We also have interactive land and water maps on our website so that you can zoom into different areas to explore what trails are there. And, we have links to regional maps outside North Kitsap.
August 4th will be the official opening of Water Trails in North Kitsap, so if you're not arriving by kayak with Paddle Kitsap that weekend, come celebrate with us in Kingston on August 4th.