Silverdale WA: Tips for Walking Clear Creek Trail




A guide to exploring nature in Kitsap County

If you want to escape the burbs, or the busy life around Seattle- head to Silverdale! This lovely town  is centrally located on the Kitsap Peninsula. I've explored the area from top to bottom, and side to side, ha! There is a lot of nature to explore, and endless trails for walking and hiking. Oh and I can't forget to mention: You will love the breathtaking  views of the snowcapped Olympics, and Sinclair Inlet.


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I was just a bit excited to go for a walk on a balmy, winter day!  Clear Creek Trail is a big hit with residents of  Kitsap County, and others who visit from out of town.  It's crazy, I've lived in the west sound for over 30 years and have walked this trail, only twice!  Here are some tips for visiting and facts you may be interested in.

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ARRIVE EARLY

Last week on Martin Luther King day, I decided it was time for a visit again. Most of the time ,the parking here is a big pain. There is a good sized lot at the head of the trail, but is always overflowing. There is some parking available along  side of the road, but I  still recommend arriving early in the day. In spring and summer the trail is packed of course. It may be a good idea  to wake up with the chickens, and start trekking early!


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WHAT TO WEAR

As you might already know, the weather in Western Washington can be just down right crazy! There can be wind and rain one minute, and sunny and calm the next. The Kitsap Peninsula is no exception to the rule. For the 2nd week of January, it was an unusually warm day. It was a balmy 65, and calm as can be. It was however a bit mucky, and wet on the trail. A good pair of waterproof tennis shoes, layers you can peel off, and a rainproof jacket will serve you well.


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BE MINDFUL OF WILDLIFE

Clear Creek trail is not heavily wooded, it's quite the opposite.  However, there could be creatures lurking in the trenches, so just beware! As we know, most wildlife will shy away from humans, and only come out at night.  There are isn't much to fear here, but bears and coyote have been seen. Other fun creatures you may encounter are:


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  • Raccoons
  • Deer
  • Fox
  • Muskrat
  • Mice
  • Rats
  • Birds
  • Salmon
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VOLUNTEER

If you live nearby, there are plenty of opportunities to volunteer.  Keeping scotch broom and blackberries from overtaking the place is a big problem. Trash clean up is always needed, and people to help out with the "Salmon in the classroom"  program.

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SALMON IN THE CLASSROOM

I'm an educator, and am so happy how this program has benefited local schools. It's exciting to see kids get excited about the environment they live in.  Each year, hundreds of students in Kitsap County are educated about the life cycle of the salmon.

The program was originally started by the Kiwanis Club, but it got too big for them to handle. Now several agencies are involved to make sure this experience continues. Clean Water Kitsap, Kitsap Public Utilities, Kitsap Public Health District, and the Suquamish Tribe help out with running the program each year.

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The eggs are hatched on site at each school, and the life cycle is studied in the classroom. Later in the spring, field trips are planned to release the salmon into the creek.  The fish run from late September through November, this time can vary. Most of the salmon wait until their is a lot of rainfall, before entering the creek.

Types of salmon occupying the creek are Chum, Chinook, and Coho.  The environment at this creek makes it difficult for the salmon to survive. It's because of the runoff from some of the surrounding areas. Luckily, many of them do manage to survive and spawn.

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 As I mentioned the trail does get quite soggy, so best time to visit is in the summer, and late spring.  Maybe it's dry  enough to do a hike, in your neck of he woods!  Have fun exploring, where ever your travels take you. I have an exciting announcement about an upcoming trip, that I will share soon!

 Where is your favorite place to hike, or explore nature?



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23 comments

  1. This is an amazing post Valerie! I wish I were there right now! Happy almost weekend!
    Cheryl
    https://www.northwestmountainliving.com

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    1. Awe thank you so much Cheryl, its a beautiful place, come back and visit..yes I am sooo ready!!
      Have a great one!

      Val

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  2. Nice outdoor post and topic :) I liked reading this. Thank you for sharing.

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    1. Thank you , I am happy you enjoyed it, have a great day!

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  3. Looks like an amazing place to appreciate the nature around us. Will have to keep it on my list for the next time I am in the PNW!

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    1. Oh great..glad you are close enough to check it out! This area is so great for hiking!

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  4. That looks like such a great little walk to take on a day off! It's awesome that it would be good for people of all ages too! xo, Brittany | www.theblistblog.com

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    1. Yes ...a nice way to spend a few hours in nature, thanks so much Brittany!xo

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  5. I used to live in Minnesota many years ago. There were similar trails there that I liked to hike.

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    1. Very cool Willow, my good friend at Work is from Mn, have a great day!

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  6. Wish I looked this fashionable while hiking but I always look like a hot mess. Great stuff.

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    1. Awe thank you Ms. Kelly, get yourself out here for a visit, so I can take you to all the cool spots around Seattle!

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  7. The salmon hatching process is fascinating. Thanks for sharing. It must be so fun to go through it with the kids.

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  8. This is a nice place to spend a day in middle of nature. Looks like very peaceful.

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    1. It is indeed, if only the sun would shine a little more often, ha ha

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  9. I'm from Washington too but have never heard of this place! Always happy to discover new PNW outings, and appreciate your great tips for visiting!

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    1. Yes Kitsap is very off the beaten path, just come west 4o min from Tacoma...not hard to find.. Thanks and glad it was helpful!

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  10. I love hiking where I can see wildlife. This looks like a beautiful area that wouldn't be too hard for anyone to hike. Love that all of those groups get involved in the classroom.

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    1. I do too, thanks so much for stopping by, the salmon spawning is an awesome
      process in nature!

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  11. What a wonderful place is this,thanks share for about this i'm sure that here Mark Hutchinson wildlife will be too beautiful.

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  12. This looks like a beautiful area that wouldn't be too hard for anyone to hike. Mark Hutchinson is a very experience man which is working in wild life field from many years.

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