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Green Mountain Lookout via Gold Creek Trail

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Green Mountain State Forest

Green Mountain Lookout via Gold Creek Trail is a 4.3 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Bremerton, Washington that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from February until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 4.3 mi Elevation gain 1,043 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Hiking

Horseback riding

Mountain biking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Running

Forest

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

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Getting There

A moderate climb to great views of the Olympics, Seattle, Bremerton, and even Mount Rainier. Trail will be shared with other hikers, as well as mountain bikes and horses.

Discover Pass Required at the trail head, there is limited free parking along the road.

From highway 3, north of bremerton, taake the Newberry Hill Road exit. Turn left (west) onto Newberry Hill Road and follow for 3.1 miles to Seabeck Highway. Turn left onto Seabeck Highway and follow 2 miles to N.W. Holly Rd. Turn right onto N.W. Holly Rd. and follow 4.1 miles to Tahuya Lake Rd. Turn left on Tahuya Lake Dr. and follow 1.2 miles to a Y junction with Gold Creek Rd. Turn left at the Y and follow Gold Creek Rd. 1.8 miles to the trail head parking lot on the left. Parking is free.

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Reviews (613)
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Recordings (403)
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Lauren Ivy
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Hiking

Great trail, lots of resting spots. Great if wanting a little push, but not too hard to complete. Make sure to wear bug spray and make sure you know which trail to follow as it splits a few times and might get a little confusing.

JM M
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Hiking

Good stuff.

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Ben Mcgee
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HikingBugs

03 July 20 Don’t forget your discover pass! Lots of mosquitos. A few dirt bikes, mountain bikes, and ATVs scattered around the trail system. Gold creek is a very mild trail, I’m not quite sure I’d rate it as high as moderate. A very pleasant hike! About 2.5 to the peak, the best views are about 2 miles in were the trail crests at the intersecting ORV road/trail. Really cool view of Seattle! No mud, no water, and besides the random horse droppings, no real obstacles.

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Peter Schneidler
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Hiking

There were a few muddy spots but they were easy to walk around. Motorbikes are allowed on this trail, and we passed about four of them. Also a couple mountain bikers and hikers. about 3/4 of the way up there is a fantastic view of the Hood Canal and Olympic Mountains and lake Tahuyah, to the west. at the very top, there is a great view to the east, including downtown Seattle. It looks startlingly close, considering it takes about 2 hours to reach there by car. I did this hike with two other adults, two kids, and a dog. We took our time and did it in about 3 hours. The trail is very uneven in places, so I would not consider running this trail, but it's great for a hike.

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Erin Henley
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Max Power
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Hiking

really nice day. Trail is in great condition.

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T'sa G.
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Hallee Croce
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HikingMuddyRocky

We started at Gold Creek trailhead, ended up on Davis Trail then Wildcat Trail. (Gold Creek isn’t marked very good) What we started out thinking would be a 4 mile hike ended up being 11.2! Some areas were muddy and had piles of horse poop but overall it was clean and in good condition. Wildcat trail had a lot of mountain bikers and is rocky but amazing views of Seattle. I would recommend this hike and would do it again. There are multiple trails in the area.

Debra Rurka
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Hiking

Easy hike. Views are ok. Saw lots of little kids along hike so good for families. the last .2 miles was a bit of a scramble but not bad.

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Misha Gillingham
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Hiking

This was a beautiful hike, with amazing views at the top. You can see all the way to downtown Seattle. If you’re hiking, keep an eye out for bikers, as there are a lot on this trail. Also, the trail connects to a bunch of other trails, and sometimes it’s not marked. I recommend downloading the All Trails Map to your phone before you go. Without it, I would have gotten lost. Luckily the All Trails GPS that I downloaded in advance worked with no cell service so I always know where to go.

Nicki Michaels
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HikingRocky

Pretty steep. Beautiful view of the olympics 2 miles up and the Green Mt Lookout has a stunning view looking east high above bremerton all the way across the sound

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Dave Bolthouse
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Hiking

Great 5-miler. Took my 5yo and 8yo and they did great. Parking lot about half full on a Monday mid day. Great view from the top looking out over the sound across to Seattle. Pit toilet at bottom and near top. Picnic tables up top. Lots of different intersecting trails. Helped to have this hike loaded on the map and tracking. Evidence of horse and motorcycle on parts but never came across any.

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Sara Sbarbaro
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RunningMuddy

Wonderful trail. Well kept. A little rocky but completely doable. Ran up and down in 1hr 35 minutes with lots of breaks for pictures!

Jerrika Tijerina
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Renata Knutson
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Hiking

After 2.5 miles, the trail ends into a T. Since we did not have a map with us, we took a right and ended at Davis trail instead. There was no sign indicating to take a left to stay at the correct path. Still, was a good experience, and in the end we had a 8.5 miles round trip.

Mickey Toth
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Running

Tried running this. Trail condition overall is pretty good although it’s a bit rockier than I would like. The hike itself is kinda underwhelming. Intersects a bunch of old logging roads and there wasn’t much to see on this cloudy day. Good workout though and plenty of services (bathroom at the start AND at the top!)

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Gari Bangi
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Hiking

Take someone special. You’ll enjoy the views especially if you’re willing to go down the river in hiking boots for a bit. Very beautiful and worth the hike! (Trails are marked and accessible).

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Victoria Kelley
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Hiking

The Rhododendrons are all in bloom now and it’s beautiful!

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R W.
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Hiking

Nice trail, good views at top and part way up at a clearing in the woods. Pit toilet at the top was actually decent. Horses, dogs, bikes and hikers all on trail - everyone was polite and just glad to be out enjoying the outdoors.

Katrina Engelbrecht
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I loved this trail a lot more than I thought I would! We followed the Gold Creek Trail all the way up. Muddy and rocky but clear! Restrooms open at trailhead and hear the top. Enough incline to get your heart beating but I would rate this easy to moderate. My 3yo, 9yo, and 11yo did it with me. 3yo never even asked to be held. He did trip and fall a few times though as the path is definitely rocky and rooty. Wear good hiking shoes! Took 1 hour 20 mins to get to the top with a few short stops. About 45 min down but we jogged quite a bit. I will totally come back again!

Jonathon Bender
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Hiking

My girlfriend and I took both our dogs and we had a wonderful time! The trials were marked and easy to follow, everyone we passed along the trail was nice and friendly. Would HIGHLY recommend!

Michele Hancock
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HikingMuddy

Follow the All Trails recorded trail and you won’t get lost. There are cross trails that don’t show up and may cause confusion. Lots of rhoddies in bloom!

Benjamin Hanna
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Hans Pluntke
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Hiking

Great hike with about a mile of uphill climb. Worth the view at the top though. Make sure you take a second to off trail down to the water fall about a quarter of a mile in.

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