Gazzam Lake

Gazzam Lake

Elev. Gain: 
65 ft.
High: 
374 ft.
Where:
Bainbridge Island, WA
Distance: 
2.55 miles (round trip)
Difficulty: 
Easy
Rating: 
2
Gazzam Lake offers a family-friendly walk with partial views of a lake
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Features

Overview

Gazzam Lake Loop is a family-friendly hike that travels down the west side of Gazzam Lake and then forms a loop through the forest. (No trail goes completely around the lake.) Situated on the southwestern side of Bainbridge Island, this hike through a wildlife preserve offers a mix of dense forest, wildflowers, and wide, well-maintained trails.

The trails are all clearly marked and can be accessed from either the north (Marshall Road) or the south (Deerpath Lane). Our route records a clockwise loop from the north entrance.

Begin at the clearly marked trailhead and head south along the main trail. At about 0.10 miles, reach a junction and continue left (south) towards the lake. (Heading right here leads to a rocky, secluded beach on the Puget Sound.) You'll soon begin to see small spur trails on your left that cut in towards the lake, but it's not until almost a half-mile that the official trail branches left about 10 yards down to a small clearing on the west side of the lake. Stop and enjoy the views of marsh-like Gazzam Lake and see if you can spot any birds.

Return back to the main trail and continue heading south; at about 0.75 miles, continue straight onto the loop trail, which narrows from double-file to single-file in width. Walk the loop and then turn right at the junction to head back north to the main trail. Continue back to the trailhead for a total of 2.5 miles.

The path on the main loop are easily wide enough for two people to walk abreast and gentle enough for a rugged stroller (or two!). The loop path narrows to single-file and offers a few very gentle hills. An intrepid caretaker could maneuver a stroller on it. There are very few exposed roots, making for easy walking. A few spots get muddy after rain, so wear appropriate footwear.

Permits & Tips

Both parking lots are small, but do not require permits. No water or toilets are available at the trailhead or on the trail. Dogs allowed on a leash. This is a mixed-use trail: mountain bikes and horses are also permitted (watch for droppings). The loop trail features stinging nettles on both sides at certain points, so be sure to stay on the path. Because the trail is near the lake, flies and bugs may be present in late spring and summer and at dusk. Wear full sleeves and pants or bring bug repellant. Gazzam is pronounced "Gaz-um."

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How to get there

Gazzam Lake is located on the south and west side of Bainbridge Island, which is about a 30-minute ferry ride from Seattle. The park is clearly signed from Fletcher Bay Road NE. At the junction of Island Center Road NE and NE Marshall Road, the trailhead is 0.4 miles west. The last tenth of a mile is on packed gravel. Find a small parking lot on the south side of the road. An official trail marker is located down the trail, about 100 yards from the lot.