Green Mountain: Gold Creek Trail

On the Kitsap Peninsula, this is a moderate, 5-9 mile loop day hike with 1,000 feet of elevation gain. The trail goes from the Gold Creek Trailhead through forests and meadows up to Green Mountain with views of Seattle and the Olympics.

Getting There

From Bremerton, follow SR 310 West for 3 miles to Kitsap Lake. Make a left on Northlake Way, then a left onto the Seabeck Hwy. After 3 miles,  turn left again onto Holly Rd. After another 3 miles, turn left onto Lake Tahuya Rd, and then make a left on Gold Creek Rd. The trailhead is located 2 miles down Gold Creek Rd, and has a large parking lot and restrooms available. 

on the trail

Green Mountain is the second highest point on the Kitsap Peninsula with two loop hike options from the Gold Creek trailhead.

Gold Creek-Vista-Plummer

Hike the Gold Creek Trail to the Vista Trail and the summit of Green Mountain. Return the way you came for a round trip day hike or after descending the Vista Trail, take the trail towards Beaver Pond and then turn left to return via the Plummer Trail to make a loop trip.  This is 5 miles and 1,000 feet of elevation gain.

Gold Creek-Vista-Wildcat-Beaver Pond-Plummer

Hike the Gold Creek Trail to the Vista Trail and the summit of Green Mountain.  Descend the Vista Trail and take the Wildcat Trail to the Beaver Pond Trail. Shortly past Beaver Pond, turn right on the Plummer Trail to return.  This day hike is 9 miles and 1,000 feet of elevation gain.

notes 

INFORMATION FOR LEADERS

  • Permits are required in this area for all fee-based (course-related) activities, regardless of group size, and all free activities involving 25 or more people.  Leaders may list trips at this route/place with the understanding that they need to verify that a permit has been obtained before running the trip (if required as outlined above). Permit applications are submitted to WA Department of Natural Resources annually in December. Please contact Amanda Virbitsky at amandav@mountaineers.org with any additional questions.
  • If you are hiking the entire trail as a day hike, please keep your party's size to 12.  If you're using the area for a field trip, you can take up to 50 but please do break into a few smaller groups.
  • Difficulty: Easy/Moderate
  • Length: 5.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,000 ft
  • 1,639 ft
Map
  • USGS Holly
  • USGS Wildcat Lake
  • WA DNR Green Mountain State Forest
Activities

Upcoming Activities



Stewardship - Green Mountain: Gold Creek Trail

Stewardship Trip
Trailwork Party.
Difficulty: Easy/Moderate
Sat, Dec 7, 2019
No Prerequisites
10 participants
Registration closes Dec 6
Kitsap Branch

Basic Field Trip #1 - Knots - Green Mountain: Gold Creek Trail

Climbing Field trip: Basic Climbing Course
Basic FT - Knots
Difficulty: Easy/Moderate
Sat, Jan 18, 2020
No Prerequisites
2 participants 2 instructors on waitlist
Registration closes Jan 16
Kitsap Branch

Intermediate Evaluation - Green Mountain: Gold Creek Trail

Climbing Field trip: Intermediate Alpine Climbing Essentials
Evaluation and review of skills necessary for entry into the intermediate course.
Difficulty: Easy/Moderate
Sat, Jan 25, 2020
Prerequisites
9 participants 5 instructors
Registration closes Jan 20
Kitsap Branch

Intermediate Rescue Methods Field Trip - Green Mountain: Gold Creek Trail

Climbing Field trip: Intermediate Alpine Climbing Essentials
Intermediate Rescue Methods Field Trip
Difficulty: Easy/Moderate
Sat, Mar 21, 2020
No Prerequisites
9 participants 3 instructors
Registration closes Mar 19
Kitsap Branch

Kitsap Explorers Hike - Green Mountain: Gold Creek Trail

Youth Youth activity: Explorers
Kitsap Explores go for a hike!
Difficulty: Easy/Moderate
Sat, Apr 11, 2020
Prerequisites
7 participants 1 instructor
Registration closes Apr 9
Kitsap Branch

CHS Tacoma May Hikes - Green Mountain: Gold Creek Trail

Day Hiking Field trip: Conditioning Hiking Series
Trip will initially open to Tacoma Branch Conditioning Hiking Students. Trip will open for registration
Difficulty: Easy/Moderate
Sat, May 16, 2020
No Prerequisites
8 participants
Registration opens Apr 21
Tacoma Branch
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