Port Townsend Area Trails

Port  Townsend

 Area Trails

By Karen Anderson

Fort Worden State Park

 

Where:   About 2.5 miles from the Port Townsend Visitor Center. 

· North on Sims Way, Turn left onto Kearnery

· From Kearney, turn right on Blaine

· Turn left at the next stop sign on Walker (which turns into Cherry Street)

· Cross F Street

· At the Y in the road, stay to the right and crest the hill

· Fort Worden is waiting on the other side

Level of Difficulty & Length:

There are 12 miles of trails ranging from easy to moderate level of difficulty.  Surfaces vary from soft dirt trails to old cement roads to sandy / rocky shoreline.  Beaches, forests, hills, and roads..

Description:   Fort Worden offers spectacular views of the Strait of Juan de fuca, Mt. Baker, Admiralty Inlet and Whidbey Island.  The trail along the Chinese Garden Pond to North beach oozes serenity, while the trails, tunnels and overgrown roads through the old bunkers radiate history and an eerie sense of calm.

 

Cappy’s Trails

Where:  About  3 miles from the Port Townsend Visitor Center.

· West on Landes

· Right on 19th

· Left onto San Juan Avenue

· Take San Juan to where it turns  to the left and becomes 49th

· Drive 1/3 of a mile to Hendricks.

· Parking / trailheads are unofficial.  Enter the trails on the south side of 49th where Hendricks would come through..

Level of Difficulty & Length:  About 5 miles of soft dirt and gravel trails.  Most of the trails are on gently undulating terrain aside from some large hills leading up to Howard or Cook.  Perfect for fast and fun running or biking.

Description:  Undeveloped, but platted roads.  Wild rhododendrons in May / June, madronas and second growth Douglas fir shroud the trails.  Watch for deer in the early hours of the day, and listen for coyotes yapping at sunset.  Lots of trees.  Take a compass; it’s easy to get lost in there.

 

3.  Larry Scott Memorial Trail

Where:  .3 miles from the Port Townsend Visitors Center.

· Cross Sims Way into the Boat Haven on Boat Street

· Drive all the way to the water to park at the trailhead

Level of Difficulty & Length:  6 miles of groomed trails.  Mostly flat except for a hill on the bluff.  Gravel or paved until about mile 4 where it becomes soft dirt or dirt road.

Description:   Running, walking, biking, horseback riding trails.  The trail ends at Discovery Road but is in the process of being extended to one day being connected with the Olympic Discovery Trail.  Water, trees, occasional deer, and views of the Cascades. 

 

4. North Beach

Where:  About 5 miles from the Port Townsend Visitor Center.

· West on Landes

· Right on 19th

· Left onto San Juan Avenue

· Take San Juan all the way to where it turns left and becomes 49th.

· When you see the Jefferson Co. Fairgrounds on your left, turn right on to Kuhn Street.

· Drive to the little park at the end of the street.

Description:   Beach!  To the right are trails to Fort Worden.  To the left, you can walk as far as you care to walk.  This beach area to the left is to the way to “Glass Beach”.  

Location

Olympic Peninsula Gateway Visitor Center
93 Beaver Valley Road
Port Ludlow, WA, 98365
United States
47° 53' 28.7952" N, 122° 43' 55.1532" W
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Olympic Peninsula Gateway Visitor Center
93 Beaver Valley Road
Port Ludlow, WA, 98365
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