Salmon Safaris

Salmon Safaris

A seasonal salmon education program.

The Rhododendron Preserve and Mountaineers Kitsap Property are located along two major tributaries to Chico Creek, which hosts one of the largest Chum Salmon runs in the state.  During the month of November, Mountaineers instructors will lead your group on a half-day or full-day salmon education program.

Start your day in the beautiful historic Kitsap Cabin and learn about the salmon life-cycle.  From there, groups of up to 25 will head down the Big Tree trail, descending into the state's largest remaining old-growth lowland forest.  The trail turns to cross Wildcat Creek - the first of the two tributaries of Chico Creek.  Up to 15 people at a time can stand on the wooden bridge, looking over the salmon making their way upstream as a Mountaineers instructor explains this amazing feat of nature.

The trail continues along the banks of Lost Creek, the second tributary of Chico Creek.  More evidence of the salmons' journey abounds, and each year a few lucky groups get a glimpse of seagulls, herons or bald eagles circling overhead or nesting in the trees.

The final stretch of the trail leads your group to Big Tree - one of the state's largest and oldest Douglas Firs.  Students young and old marvel at the magical forest that surrounds them.

Head back up to the cabin, learning about Leave No Trace along the way and finish the day with a wrap-up or snacks that you brought along.


1. Email to arrange a date.  The best Salmon Safaris happen in November.

2. Download, complete and send in the Salmon Safari Group Contract.

3. If your group is in need of financial assistance, fill out the Financial Assistance Form, and email to let her know you've completed the form.

4. Print and distribute the Youth Partner Program Participant Waiver to all attendees.  Please hand these completed forms to your program leader when you arrive.