Gazzam Lake is a mostly double-track trail with no technical sections. There are some roots, some single-track, and some gravely hills – the perfect spot to test out a young guy’s proficiency on his bike when riding solo. There are a lot of walkers and dogs, but that also provides an opportunity to practice trail courtesy. For older kids or an adult outing, you could tack on Peter’s trail to get down to Lynwood for yogurt, pizza and/or beer, then head back uphill (retracing your route) to the parking area at Gazzam (or shuttle back if you staged a car in Lynwood). Check out the BIParks.org website for directions.
Sam’s teacher invited parents in to talk about things they are really passionate about. I offered to talk about baking with wild yeast sourdough starter, so last week I brought in my starter and showed the kids how to get dough going, let it rise, proof overnight, and then bake (and eat!) the bread. We also experimented with different sugars for the yeast to “eat” during the fermentation process. Feed The Beast!.
We hiked up Mt. Walker today for Mother’s Day and had a really nice time! Mom and Richard met us up at the top and then we all went to dinner at a neat place we had not tried before – The Olympic Timberhouse. Mount Walker is a tradition for us – I remember carrying Sam in a carrier when he was a baby. Today I wore the same pants that I wore that day 9 years ago – my favorite hiking pants from Old Navy, the junior boys’ section (good cargo pants!). I remember tearing them when I wiped out on the way down Mt. Walker with Sam on my back. That was the only time I ever wiped out carrying him, so those pants have lots of memories. We were both fine – just ripped the knee of my pants.
Mount Walker is a great hike for families. The trail is well marked, there’s enough parking at the trailhead, it’s not too far away from Poulsbo/Bainbridge area, and the trail is doable for kids. It is 5.0 miles roundtrip with 2000 ft elevation gain. It’s fairly steep – you’ll get a good workout especially if you’re carrying water for everyone. Our kids carry their own water now (unless they’re under the weather as Ben was today). Still, even with a low grade fever and sore throat, Ben (just turned 6) did just fine. Add 1.0 mile (0.5 miles each way) to get to the southern lookout (great views and worth it).
School was out for Spring Break so a bunch of families who live walking distance from the beach went on a 4 mile walk from school, down to the beach, and back via a little snack stop at Jiffy Mart. We had a great time! The kids loaded their packs with many pounds of beach stones From our vantage point we could see the Seattle shoreline and the Space Needle. Gorgeous day! Lots of fun. Thanks for coming out!
This 2.6 mile hike is a great way to stretch your legs enroute to Port Townsend for lunch or dinner (or a visit to the “rock store” which is really a book store with a ton of crystals). The trail was pretty easy to follow if you pay attention to the notations in the write-up at the link provided below. Good common sense and basic land navigation will serve you well – you basically circle the lake. If you go in a clockwise route, the north-bound portion is straightforward. Once you cross over the gravel road, you have a few options to get you back to the parking lot. If you want to be expeditious, this is where you really need to pay attention to the trail notes at the link below.
All in all a good little hike. We did it in 1 hr 15 min with a few water stops and silly pictures. Enjoy!
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