Trip Report: The Hansville Greenway

I have come to accept that not every trail I walk will be as awe-inspiring and magnificent as the Grand Canyon. Yesterday’s trip was a bit of a hit and miss on the trail enjoyment scale. Still, as many of my fellow hiking-obsessed humans might tell you, “any day on the trail is better than a day at the office.”

The Hansville Greenway is pleasant enough and is a great community asset for people on the north end of the Kitsap Peninsula. However, I would not say that it is worth a trip from Seattle, where we have comparable greenways in the city for our enjoyment. For an example, check out my New Year’s day walk post.

Our route was a loop of about ten miles, following the trail across the peninsula from the beach on Puget Sound to the beach on Hood Canal and back. There is a great website dedicated to this trail system, including a map that can be found here:

http://hansvillegreenway.org/greenway-map/

The trail itself is largely flat and well maintained. It goes through residential areas, managed forests and along stretches of highway. The denser forested parts and the beaches themselves were the highlights of the trail. It was also relatively quiet and we mostly had the place to ourselves, so it does score high on the solitude scale.

So why do I seem so disappointed in this particular trail? The downsides include that it was flat (not very challenging unless you are a trail runner) and that it never really ventures very far from road traffic (in fact, for parts of it, you are actually walking the shoulder of the highway). Don’t get me wrong, it is a nice green space and I’m glad that the residents of the area have such a nice space to walk and enjoy nature. It may even be a nice add-on when visiting the area. But as a destination unto itself? It falls short.

As my friend Joe likes to say, your mileage may vary.

For me, the ferry ride to get to the peninsula was the highlight of this trip:

 

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View leaving Seattle

 

Favorite images from the trail:

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