Gibbs Lake

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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On Jack's Track heading to the parking lot. This is a bluff overlooking the lake.

On Jack’s Track heading back to the parking lot. This is a bluff overlooking the lake.

Hard to see the lake, really, but you do catch a few glimpses through the trees. Peaceful.

Hard to see the lake, really, but you do catch a few glimpses through the trees. Peaceful.

Can you see the sun trying to peek out?

Can you see the sun trying to peek out?

The author trying to escape the crazy man behind her with the flailing hiking poles! (It's cougar country so might as well carry 'em.)

The author trying to escape the crazy man behind her with the flailing hiking poles! (It’s cougar country so might as well carry ’em.)

A sign at the five-way intersection.

A sign at the five-way intersection.

When the guide book says bear right "on the trail, not the old road" this is what they mean - go right, but then bear left onto the trail, not the wider road. This is assuming you are going in the clockwise direction as indicated in the WTA write-up.

When the guide book says bear right “on the trail, not the old road” this is what they mean – go right, but then bear left onto the trail, not the wider road. This is assuming you are going in the clockwise direction as indicated in the WTA write-up.

This is the start of the trail at the parking lot. You can just barely see Gibbs Lake Rd to the right of the photo frame here. The trail starts to the left of the frame at the SW corner of the lot.

This is the start of the trail at the parking lot. You can see Gibbs Lake Rd to the right of the photo frame here. The trail starts to the left of the frame at the SW corner of the lot.

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