Trail

Banner Forest Heritage Park

Olalla, WA
Length: Varies
Type: Out & Back

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Banner Forest Heritage Park is a labyrinth of multi-purpose trails that covers 636 acres of wooded land in Olalla.  This trail system is popular with hikers, cyclists, and horseback riders.  There are two parking areas – the one off Banner forest being the main lot.  While there are many trails, our group has mostly stuck to the main path that can be made into a 4mi out and back jogging stroller friendly walk.  There is a rock pile about 1/2mi in that the kids enjoy climbing, many mushrooms in the fall, and other plants to keep the kids interested.  There is no bathroom, water fountain, or playground.  Pets are allowed, but be aware that many dog owners don’t use leashes on this trail system.  Bears have been known to frequent this area, so going with a group or being noisy is recommended.

A map of the trail system can be found here: https://www.kitsapgov.com/parks/Documents/BannerForest_TrailMap.pdf.

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Trail Features

Seasons Fall, Spring, Summer, and Winter
Surface type Dirt
Carrier needed No
Stroller friendly Yes
ADA accessible No
Water fountains No
Bathrooms No
Cell reception Spotty
Pet friendly Yes
Nearby convenience store Yes
Camping Nearby No
Emergency support
within 5 miles
Yes

Trail highlights

Bike Trails, Mud Puddles, Shaded Hike, and Tree Climbing

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Getting There

From Gig Harbor take Highway 16 north to SE Mullenix Rd and turn right, heading east for 2.4 miles to the junction with Olalla Valley Rd SE. Turn left, staying on SE Olalla Valley Rd 1.4 miles to the southeast trailhead, which has room for several vehicles. 15 miles from Gig Harbor.

From Seattle board the Fauntleroy Ferry bound for Southworth and Port Orchard. From the ferry landing follow Highway 160 (which becomes SE Sedgwick Rd) west for 2.5 miles then turn left onto Banner Road SE and proceed 1 mile further for the northeast trailhead, which has plenty of room for vehicles and horse trailers. Banner Forest is only 13 air miles from downtown Seattle.