Bainbridge Island, WA: Gazzam Lake

Hike 2.2 family-friendly miles through the moss-draped trees on Bainbridge Island's west side to this quiet, hilltop lake.
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Hike 2.2 family-friendly miles through the moss-draped trees on Bainbridge Island's west side to this quiet, hilltop lake.

This 2.2-mile trail begins at a small dirt parking lot at the end of Deerpark Road and heads immediately into the woods. Stick to the wide, road-grade path as it heads west and skirts two graffiti-covered water tanks about 150 yards from the trailhead. From there, turn north and roll through moss-covered evergreens and open, grassy areas scattered with rhododendrons and other wildflowers—look for mushrooms, too. Stay straight on the main path where it branches near mile 0.5 and bear left when it splits again just before mile 0.8, near the lake's tree-shourded and still hidden southern shore.

This hike loops around the lake's west side, dip toward it on user-created trails for a peeks at its cattail-covered shoreline. There's an official, marked trail that branches right about a mile from the trailhead and lands at a bench-equipped viewpoint. Rest there, before backtracking to the trailhead.
Though this route turns back after the easy hike to the lake, you could add-on with an additional mile of trail that connects the Gazzam Lake Trailhead on Marshall Road with the right-leading connector trail you bypassed at mile 0.5. Or, continue north then west for a 1.5-mile detour to a beach along Port Orchard Inlet about 400 feet below the lake.
-Mapped by Kristy Holland

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 3.5

Waypoints

BGZ001

Location: 47.609736, -122.563637

The trailhead is marked by a small kiosk. This route follows the wide, graded path that heads west from the small parking area. This route bypasses the smaller, Peters Trail which takes off heading north.

BGZ002

Location: 47.609895, -122.565633

Open clearings surround these two graffiti-covered water tanks. The trail cuts between them and narrows slightly as it curves north.

BGZ003

Location: 47.612933, -122.566867

As it rolls north, the easy trail narrows a bit and passes between areas of heavy tree cover and relatively light, open meadows. Stick to the trail, but look to the woods and meadows for rhododendrons, impressive mushrooms, mosses and lichens.

BGZ004

Location: 47.616, -122.566845

The trail splits near the half-mile mark. This route follows the left-branch toward the south shore of Gazzam Lake.

BGZ005

Location: 47.619298, -122.567296

The trail branches again near the lake's southern shore. This route makes a hard left and heads slightly downhill to round the lake on its west side. The right-leading trail continues north around the lake's east side and connects with Marshall Road where you can turn left and re-connect with this trail to add mileage.

BGZ006

Location: 47.619876, -122.568412

There are short, user-created trails that lead to the shore of the small lake. Some are well-established, and it's a short detour for a preview of the lake.

BGZ007

Location: 47.62167, -122.569184

Small signs mark the trail to this overlook. Watch your step on slippery roots as you approach and plan to spend a few minutes admiring the lake's far shore before backtracking from here to the trailhead.

Overlook

Location: 47.621727, -122.569335

A bench makes this clearing at trail-end a great place to stop and relax before turning back toward the trailhead.

Moss

Location: 47.61195, -122.566781

A rainy climate and shaded trail contribute to the abundance of moss you'll see on trees and bushes along the trail. Also look for lichen.

Tanks

Location: 47.609838, -122.56573

The trail passes between these big water tanks just a few hundred yards from the trailhead.

Split

Location: 47.615971, -122.566803

Stay left at this Y-junction where the trail splits.

Peters

Location: 47.609838, -122.563825

This trail sign near the trailhead points to the Peters Trail--you'll bypass it on your right.

Gazzam Lake

Location: 47.620368, -122.568208

A few short, user-created trails access the lakeshore before the signed access on the lake's west side.

Trailhead

Location: 47.609751, -122.563745

A map kiosk and a sign for the Peters Trail, on the north side of the trailhead. You'll bypass both on your right and follow the wide, graded trail west.