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Climb the second-highest peak on the Kitsap Peninsula for good views of Puget Sound, the Seattle skyline, and Mount Rainier. Of course there are views of the Olympics too, and on the way down you'll get a pretty darn good look at them. This is a working forest, but most of the way is shaded by a cool canopy of evergreens.

Along with neighboring Gold Mountain, Green Mountain makes up the rooftop of the Kitsap Peninsula. Granted, at a grand ol' elevation of 1639 feet it isn't exactly nosebleed-inducing. But Green offers enough relief above the surrounding low country-and sits right in the middle of the peninsula-to offer an eagle's-eye view of a lot of saltwater and snowcapped mountains.

The good news is that Green Mountain is accessed by several well-maintained trails and is surrounded by over 6000 acres of state forest. The bad news is that the trails are open to motorcycles. Now, I don't want to deny these users their rights to this piece of the public domain. I just would like to see a hiker's-only route here among the miles of motorized trails. Being in Bremerton's backyard and as one of the largest tracts of undeveloped land on the Kitsap Peninsula, Green Mountain is far more valuable than as a simple speedway for the throttle-inclined. Meanwhile, come here on a weekday for exhaust-free wandering. Let your mind wander too. Could Green someday become Bremerton's Tiger Mountain?

On the Gold Creek Trail, begin your hike in a recently cut area. Forested Green Mountain looms in front of you. In 0.4 mile enter cool forest along chattering Gold Creek. A few minutes later, cross the creek on a good bridge, then turn left at a junction. Shortly after, encounter another junction-on the left is the Plummer Trail, your return route. Hang a right, staying on the Gold Creek Trail.

Through a leathery dark-green understory of salal, bearberry, madrona, and rhododendron (visit in mid-May for the floral show), begin climbing. At 1 mile the trail splits (not shown on map). Either way works-they meet again soon enough. Limited views of the Olympics tease through the trees. At 1.5 miles reach a junction. The left (signed for Green Mountain Camp) is your return route. Continue right and in 0.25 mile come to another junction. Take the trail right, signed "Vista."Follow it past the summit parking lot (only open weekends in the summer), and in 0.4 mile reach the summit.

Find a few picnic tables and a rocky overlook. The once-sweeping vista of the Olympics is being crowded out by new growth. (Call in the loggers! It is a working forest.) Views eastward over Bremerton, Puget Sound, and out to the Cascades remain decent though. The real treat, however, is on the return.

Retrace your steps 0.65 mile to the junction signed for Green Mountain Camp. This is the Beaver Pond Trail. Follow it for about 0.5 mile, dropping a few hundred feet to the junction with the Plummer Trail. The Beaver Pond (more a grassland than wetland) is to the right, about 0.25 mile farther. Take the Plummer Trail left to return. Built by the Backcountry Horsemen, it's the best hiking trail on Green Mountain.

After 0.5 mile you'll skirt a recent clear-cut. The view here of Lake Tahuya and the eastern Olympic front is absolutely awesome. Savor it-then continue another 0.5 mile back to the Gold Creek Trail. From this familiar junction it's 0.5 mile back to your vehicle.
Driving Directions:

From Bremerton follow Kitsap Way (State Route 310) for 3 miles to Kitsap Lake. Turn left on Northlake Way, proceeding for 1 mile. Turn left onto the Seabeck Highway and follow it for 3 miles. Then turn left on Holly Road, proceeding for 3 miles. Turn left (south) onto Tahuya Lake Road and in 1.25 miles bear left onto Gold Creek Road. The trailhead is in 2 miles on your left. Privy available.

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Gold Creek Trail, Green Mountain — Mar 11, 2014 — Mr.emergency
Day hike
Issues: Water on trail
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What an awesome day to do this hike. Yesterday was raining and thundering but today was bright and s...
What an awesome day to do this hike. Yesterday was raining and thundering but today was bright and sunny. I have been suffering from some bad cabin fever, but this hike was just what the doc ordered!
Beautiful, clear trail. Minor issue of small streams of water running down the trail in a couple spots, nothing that got through my hiking boots.
This trail is well maintained, decent elevation gain up for a day hike, going from rocky to forest and back.
There is a way to drive to the top, but taking the Gold Creek or longer Wildcat trail up, are far more gorgeous and fulfilling.
Great views, sunny weather, and a good spot to eat lunch at the top are well worth this great NW hike.
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Green Mountain — Jan 19, 2014 — Karen Daubert
Day hike
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I had been wanting to visit Green Mountain for several years and today was the day. Despite the thi...
I had been wanting to visit Green Mountain for several years and today was the day. Despite the thick fog, the trail was in excellent shape and I enjoyed the quality of the trail, the beauty of the forest, and the number of friendly trail users.

I started at the main parking area and simply continued up. The five-miles round trip took me a little longer than expected because I took a couple wrong turns on the return. The signage could be better! I was also curious about the hiker/mountain biker/motorcycle ratio which was 15/0/5 on my three hours on Green Mountain.

Given the proximity to Bremerton, the number of hikers, and the beauty of the area, I suspect WTA will continue to be involved in future planning of this special area.
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Green Mountain — Oct 06, 2013 — onehikeaweek
Day hike
Features: Fall foliage
Issues: Mudholes | Water on trail
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Flickr: http://bit.ly/green-mountain-1689 Got to the trailhead early and started hiking at 8 AM. ...
Flickr: http://bit.ly/green-mountain-1689

Got to the trailhead early and started hiking at 8 AM. The Gold Creek Trail was easy to follow, followed directions in the description so no problem. No signs of dirk bikes to and back, was a little worried about them showing up at some point.

Enjoyed 45 minutes of solitude at the summit with views to the Puget Sound. Only the top of Rainier was visible unfortunately. On the way down I ran into about a dozen people, including three mountain bikers, two horsemen, and some hikers with dogs.
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Green Mountain, Gold Creek Trail — Sep 14, 2013 — mofo83
Day hike
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First, a warning: make sure you start off on the trailhead at the far LEFT of the parking lot (when ...
First, a warning: make sure you start off on the trailhead at the far LEFT of the parking lot (when facing the mountain), to the left of the bathrooms, with the blue "TRAIL" sign pointing to it. We (and many others, apparently) first took the trail to the right of the bathrooms, which is very poorly marked and is totally different from the one described here.

Overall, this is a pretty nice hike if you're looking for a little elevation on the Kitsap Peninsula. I probably wouldn't hike it again, considering all the visually superior hikes around here, but it was an enjoyable day on the trail, and the only trail of note I could find near Bainbridge.

Since the walkthrough on the WTA site is so detailed, I'll just provide some helpful pointers:

• The trail is in great shape, besides for some areas of loose rock that have been kicked up by the dirt bikes. It's pretty, too, with interesting plant growth and a nice, winding path.

• The trail is very well marked (once you get on the right track), but you still should carry a map (search DNR site for PDF) AND carry the walkthrough that WTA provides here. If you don't carry the WTA description of the trail, you could easily get off track, as there are lots of trail junctions and you also have to backtrack after the summit.

• We went mid-day on a sunny Saturday, and only encountered three dirt bikes and no horses, so don't let the "multi-use" aspect turn you off to this hike. You can hear the dirt bikes coming from far away, giving you plenty of time to get off to the side of the trail.

• Also, don't let the "working forest" moniker scare you off. Even the recently logged areas were pretty in their own way.

• Once at the summit area, make sure to continue up past the initial picnic bench area to the rocky outcropping with the chain-link fence - this is where the views are. These views are nice, but not all that spectacular.

• If you're following the loop WTA describes, don't go out of your way to see the Beaver Pond. It's just a swampy area with little appeal.

• The best views come on the Plummer trail on the way back. These views are great on a clear day (which we had). You can see a wide section of the Olympics towering in the distance, as the trail skirts a freshly cut area. There's even a little side trail (look carefully) that cuts through to a logging road, where you can get an even better view and take some pictures.

Enjoy, hope this helps.
 

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Green Mountain — Jun 22, 2013 — Bsanner
Day hike
Features: Wildflowers blooming
Issues: Overgrown | Mudholes | Water on trail
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We heard the views were fabulous so on a partly cloudy 70 degree day we thought we would tackle this...
We heard the views were fabulous so on a partly cloudy 70 degree day we thought we would tackle this easy hike. The details:
         1). The trail is multi use - hiking, biking, and horses. There was evidence of horses on the trail. And there were several rigs/horses in the parking lot. We only saw hikers on the trail.
         2). We started at the Gold Creek trailhead, to the right of the bathroom. We had a map but the trails are not well marked and so we didn't make the summit. We figured it was our ineptness but we found several other hiking groups who got "lost" as well. As we met these folks, we shared information but never really knew for sure how we missed the mark.
        3). We think we took Plummer trail to Beaver Pond trail. It was a NE route that ended in a clear cut area that also ended at a road. The trail had spots of streams running on it and lots of devil's club over growth. We did get to see a mining cave that had a stream coming from it and we saw a mall waterfall.
          4). No views but we did see a Gardner snake, a bull frog, and a couple of eagles. Only a couple of territorially peek-a-boos. And some berries starting to ripen.
The trailhead was a 90 minute drive for us so we aren't likely to try this again. I hear the views are nice and after 8 miles of hiking, we are disappointed to have missed them.
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The view from the summit of Green Mountain. Photo by Eric Jain.
Location
Olympics -- Kitsap Peninsula
Department of Natural Resources, South Puget Sound Region
Statistics
Roundtrip 5.0 miles
Elevation Gain 1000 ft
Highest Point 1639 ft
Features
Old growth
Mountain views
User info
May encounter motorized vehicles
Discover Pass required
Guidebooks & Maps
Day Hiking: Olympic Peninsula (Romano - Mountaineers Books)
USGS Holly
USGS Wildcat Lake
state forest trail map available at trailhead

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