Poulsbo is situated in a very beautiful part of Washington State within Kitsap County between the Puget Sound area and the Olympic Mountains range so many residents and visitors to the area find it is ideal for outdoor activities such as hiking. There are therefore multiple options when it comes to trails in the region as there are a great many here to suit all levels of fitness and experience.
The Green Mountain Trail runs via Gold Creek and is accessible from February each year with trails here used by hikers and walkers although mountain biking and horseback riding are permitted here too. This moderate trail is ideal for beginners although more experienced hikers may find it too gentle for them. It covers 5 miles out and back, offering stunning views of the surrounding scenery along the way as well as magnificent views of Seattle on a clear day. The terrain is mixed with some mild uphill hiking required in some parts and running water in other areas which means it can get a bit muddy at times however it is ideal for less experienced hikers who want to tackle a more manageable incline with its highest elevation point standing at 1672 feet. This is one of the less crowded trails in the region and is popular with families and groups while dog walkers are welcome on this trail too which takes less than an hour to reach the summit and about half that time for descent. Those seeking a more challenging trail may find the Gold Mountain Day Hike more to their liking as this takes around 4 hours and covers over 6 miles of steep terrain however hikers reaching the top will be rewarded with amazing views to the West of Olympic Mountains and the Puget Sound.
Seattle is just a short ferry ride from Poulsbo and has much to offer with regards to hiking trails with some of the best accessible from the city’s Green Lake Park. The Green Lake Trail loops around the nearby lake, from which it was named, and is an easy route that covers just under three miles which can take between one and three hours to complete, depending on the pace you opt for. This offers beautiful views all around the lake from a nicely paved path with two individual lanes – one for walkers and the other for cyclists – which also make it very family-friendly. Discovery Park in the city also has trail access that are ideal for running, biking, hiking, and walking with lots of scenic viewpoints. One of the most popular routes here is the circular route that involves taking the loop trail from the Environmental Learning Center until it meets the North Beach Trail to the light house and from there taking the South Beach trail which will take you back to the loop trail by the parking lot at the main access point.