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Illahee Forest Preserve

Olympic Peninsula

Location

Olympic Peninsula -- Kitsap Peninsula
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Length

2.7 miles, roundtrip

Elevation

Gain: 210 ft.
Highest Point: 530 ft.

Rating

3.00 out of 5

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Parking Pass/Entry Fee

None
 
 

This Kitsap County Heritage Park is 570 acres of preserved lands, and has about five miles of trails in the area of the preserve that is open to the public. Illahee Creek is a salmon-bearing stream, and there are myriad types of wildlife in this area to enjoy. Please respect any signs restricting public access -- as a preserve, part of the mission is to provide protected areas for animals to thrive away from human interaction. 

However, there are several trails and loops you can enjoy here. Be sure to have a map of the area. Numbered markers lead the way, and navigation of the trails is easiest with a map in hand (or on your phone). You can combine numerous small loops and short spurs for a looping, twisting route that circuits the whole preserve. Or simply follow the instructions outlined here. 

Begin at the parking lot located off Almira Drive. Head right, past the dedication rock, and follow the trail to marker #21. Turn right and follow to #22. Ignore the path leading right and continue forward to #7. The trail, covered in wood chips, navigates a series of gentle ups and downs through a dense mixed forest. At marker #7, turn right and pass #6 and #5—both part of the Compass Circle Loop. At #5 turn right again, following the Water Tower Trail to #4. Fork left to #3 and proceed to #11. Continue forward to #15. At marker #15 veer left and continue downhill to #16.

Continue on the wide trail, trending right and ignoring all paths leading left as you pass #18, #24 and #25 and arrive at the intersection with #28. If time is short, turn left and follow the path back to the parking lot. Otherwise, continue forward along the east side of the Golf Course Loop to #33. Proceed to marker #32 and on to #34, at the start of the Hall of Cedars Loop. From #34 head either direction to hike the loop. Ignore the side path near #19 and watch out for wayward golf balls along the east side of the loop, which skirts the edge of Rolling Hills Golf Course. Back at #34, retrace your steps back to #32, then fork right to complete the Golf Course Loop. At #31 turn right and return to the parking lot.

 

Illahee Forest Preserve

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 47.5976, -122.5980 Open map in new window

Trailhead

Olympic Peninsula -- Kitsap Peninsula

Illahee Forest Preserve (#)

Kitsap County Parks

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Guidebooks & Maps

http://illaheepreserve.org/files/illahee-preserve-trail-map-20140722.pdf

Getting There

From Bremerton, head north on Warren Ave. Cross the bridge and continue on Wheaton Way for 1.8 miles. Turn right on NE Riddell Rd. Follow for 0.3 miles and turn left onto Almira Dr. for 0.4 mile to the parking area.

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

None
 

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