This post was originally posted here, but with permission from Valerie- we are sharing it here.
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.
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!
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.
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:
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.
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!