Day Hike - Guillemot Cove


Day Hike - Guillemot Cove

This Kitsap County Nature Preserve is a hidden gem. An easy 1/2 mile hike downhill through forest to where Boycee Creek meets the Hood Canal, with additional trails to explore around the creek. Great view of the Olympic Mountains from the beach area (if the weather cooperates), and a rustic old house carved out of a cedar stump.

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  • Easy
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 2.5 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 350 ft
  • Pace: slow, 2. mph

11:30am at the North Viking Transit Center, 21992 Viking Ave. NW in Poulsbo, north of Rte. 305.  If you are coming from the Seattle area and you want to walk on the 10:20 Edmonds/Kingston ferry I can pick you up on the Kingston side.  Please let me know in advance.

I've scheduled this for a later than usual start to give us an opportunity to explore the beach area.  Low tide is at 3:41pm, so it will be going out during the time we are there.  This is not intended to be a typical Naturalist activity with extensive identification, but rather a hike at a slow pace with opportunities for plant and bird identification and possibly beach dwellers if the tide allows.  The trail may be wet in places.  Please wear appropriate footwear and dress for the weather.   Bring a lunch.  We'll stop at the beach for lunch and exploring if the weather allows.  After lunch, we will explore some of the meandering trails.  Some of the trails are a bit steep, but they are short.  Hiking poles may be helpful.  Binoculars  if you have them for bird viewing.



Guillemot Cove

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials

  1. Navigation
  2. Sun protection
  3. Insulation (extra clothing)
  4. Illumination
  5. First aid supplies
  6. Fire
  7. Repair kit and tools, including knife
  8. Nutrition (extra food)
  9. Hydration (extra water)
  10. Emergency shelter
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