Bremerton is a Hiking and Kayaking Paradise! 

Bremerton is surrounded by surreal natural beauty and rich landscapes perfect for outdoor recreation at virtually every commitment level.  From the steep mountain climbs of Green Mountain to old growth forest trails of the Illahee Preserve, the waterfalls and diverse landscapes of the Ueland Tree Farm and Bremerton’s many in-city forested trails: Hikers visiting Bremerton have their pick of terrain, accessible year around.

Prefer a Kayak? Bremerton sits on the Kitsap Peninsula National Water Trails (KPNWT), offering year-round Kayaking on the nation’s only saltwater trail listed with the National Water Trails System.  With 371 miles of shoreline along the KPNWT you will want to visit again and again!

Click the image to the right to download a copy of the in-city Forested Trails Guide.

Bremerton Forested Trails Guide

Some of Bremerton’s Most Popular Hiking Trails

Green Mountain, Bremerton, Washington

Considered by many to be one of the best outdoor destinations on the Kitsap Peninsula and among the top hiking destinations in Washington State, Gold Mountain is deeply satisfying trek for hiking and mountain biking.  Green Mountain offers diverse terrain, steep climbs and the view from the top is almost legendary.

How to Get There!

Driving

From Bremerton, follow State Route 310 west for three miles to Kitsap Lake. Turn left on Northlake Way, then left onto the Seabeck Highway and follow it for three miles. Turn left again onto Holly Road and stay on it for another three miles. Look for a left-hand turn for Lake Tahuya Road. Take this one, then after a mile and a quarter, turn left onto Gold Creek Road. Follow this road for two miles to the well-signed trailhead and large parking lot on your left. Restrooms available, Discover Pass required.

Photo by Eric Jain, originally uploaded to WA.org

Illahee Preserve, Bremerton, Washington

The Illahee Preserve is a Kitsap County Heritage Park covering 570 acres.  The preserve includes roughly five miles of designated trails and also serves as refuge for area wildlife to live unencumbered by the urban development surrounding the area.  Illahee Creek, which runs through portions of the preserve, is a salmon spawning creek.

Download the Illahee Preserve Trail Map.

How to Get There!

Driving

Trailhead and parking lot address – 5474 Almira Dr NE, Bremerton, Washington.

Transit

Kitsap Transit Bus #223-Kariotis has one stop on Almira Dr. a few hundred feet from the Trailhead.

Ueland Tree Farm, Bremerton, Washington

Ueland Tree farm is a privately-owned, active tree farm just outside of the city limits of Bremerton.  The tree farm encompasses 2500-acres of forested land made open to the public by the Ueland family.

“We are pleased to open most of our tree farm to the public for responsible, non-motorized recreation. Over the past three generations, the Ueland family has benefited from numerous private landowners in the Puget Sound region allowing us to cross their property for a hike, bike ride, horseback ride, or to reach a ‘put in’ or ‘take out’ on a river canoe or kayak trip. Our quality of life in the Pacific Northwest is enhanced when private property remains open to the public, and we are fortunate our legislators in Olympia have had the foresight to encourage private property owners to keep their lands open through the protections offered under RCW 4.24.210.” From the Ueland Tree Farm website.

How to get there!

Driving

From its intersection with SR-3 in Bremerton, drive Kitsap Way west 1.5 miles and turn left onto Northlake Way. In 0.5 mile and turn left onto Lebers Lane NW and continue 0.2 mile to the trailhead (300 ft).

From SR-3 in Silverdale, drive south, take the Chico Way  exit, and turn right onto Chico Way. Drive 0.6 mile and turn right onto Northlake Way. In 0.5 mile and turn left onto Lebers Lane NW and continue 0.2 mile to the trailhead (300 ft).

Transit

Kitsap Transit Route #212 (Silverdale West) stops at Northlake Way near Lebers Lane NW.

Directions Courtesy of Mountaineers.org

Kitsap Peninsula National Water Trails

Kitsap Peninsula National WaterTrails (KPNWT) offer residents and visitors year-round access to enjoy water-related activities; from kayaking around bays and coves to sailing around the entire Kitsap Peninsula. On May 2014, the KPNWT was designated by the US Department of Interior part of the National Water Trails System, the first in WA State and the only natural, saltwater trail in the USA. Today, the 371 miles of shoreline that encompass the  KPNWT is a major attraction for a variety of water-related activities – kayaking, SUP, boating, scuba diving, fishing, wildlife viewing and leisure strolls along pubic piers and beaches.