Gazzam Lake and Close Beach Trail

Westwood, Washington

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Here’s one priceless piece of property on an island of million-dollar building lots. At nearly 400 acres, Gazzam Lake and Close Beach make up the second-largest undeveloped tract of land on Kitsap County’s Bainbridge Island. Managed as a natural preserve by the Bainbridge Island Parks Department, it’s a prime hiking spot in heavily populated Puget Sound. This is not the shortest way to Gazzam Lake. It can easily be reached by a 0.25 mile hike from the northern Marshall Road trailhead. But hey, we’re here to hike! Start by heading down the gated dirt road to two rather unattractive water towers and then through a scrappy patch of invasive species. Just wait—in 0.25 mile it gets better when you enter healthy forest.
Day Hiking: Olympic Peninsula - 2nd Edition

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Day Hiking: Olympic Peninsula - 2nd Edition

by Craig Romano (The Mountaineers Books)

Here’s one priceless piece of property on an island of million-dollar building lots. At nearly 400 acres, Gazzam Lake and Close Beach make up the second-largest undeveloped tract of land on Kitsap County’s Bainbridge Island. Managed as a natural preserve by the Bainbridge Island Parks Department, it’s a prime hiking spot in heavily populated Puget Sound.

This is not the shortest way to Gazzam Lake. It can easily be reached by a 0.25 mile hike from the northern Marshall Road trailhead. But hey, we’re here to hike! Start by heading down the gated dirt road to two rather unattractive water towers and then through a scrappy patch of invasive species. Just wait—in 0.25 mile it gets better when you enter healthy forest.

© 2016 Craig Romano/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Westwood
Distance: 3.4
Elevation Gain: 500 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Season: Year-round
Trailhead Elevation: 300 feet
Top Elevation: 380 feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Local Contacts: Bainbridge Island Parks
Local Maps: USGS Bremerton East
Driving Directions: Directions to Gazzam Lake and Close Beach Trail

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