History and Hiking Tour (3.5 hr)

This 5 mile hike goes from shore to shore and back again through the most beautiful and historic parts of Bainbridge Island. First we walk the path along the shore's edge, at the Bainbridge Island Japanese Exclusion Memorial. The site commemorates the Japanese American residents that were the first to be forcibly removed and sent to internment camps. Next we'll visit the Bainbridge Island Historical Museum, full of biographies, photographs and history, focused on Bainbridge Island and the Kitsap Peninsula. Then at Port Blakely, the site of what was once the largest sawmill in the world, we follow forested trails across the Island through groves of majestic cedar and fir trees draped with iridescent moss and carpeted with ferns. We reach the western shore of Bainbridge Island at Fort Ward, the former WWI and WWII base, to explore abandoned gun batteries and pristine beaches. Look across Rich Passage toward the snow capped Olympic Mountains. After walking the shoreline, we loop back to Port Blakely to complete the hike.

Tour stops

  • Bainbridge Island Historical Museum
  • Bainbridge Island Japanese American Exclusion Memorial
  • Hiking through Bainbridge Trails

What's included:

  • WWII Historical Landmarks
  • History museum admission
  • Knowledgeable tour guide
  • Safe transportation

Things to know:

  • Please bring some cash with you for souvenirs etc.
  • We are a small group, traveling on a small bus, and space is limited.
  • Hiking difficulty level - Intermediate
  • Distance - 5 miles
  • Total Elevation Gain- 400 FT

Tour Pick up

Tour Pick up and drop off is at the Bainbridge Island ferry terminal. If you are staying near by please call for pickup availability.

Weather Conditions

Pacific North West weather can be temperamental, and therefore it is a good idea to bring some warm clothes with you (essential in the winter months). Bainbridge Island is usually warmer than the places we visit outside of Bainbridge Island, and from our experience, you will be much more comfortable if you’re not battling the elements! Layers are a good way to adapt to the often changing weather conditions. Comfortable shoes are a good idea too, as we do some walking on all of our tours. Washington is famous for its rain, but it typically rains much less than you probably imagine! However, it would still be a good idea to bring an umbrella and/or waterproofs with you, just in case.