Crew finishes entrance, new trail

Gazzam Lake Preserve has a new south entrance.

The park’s department’s Summer Trails Crew has put the finishing touches on a new trailhead from Deerpath Lane, along with 700 feet of new trail through the woods.

Visitors will find the new trailhead at what’s marked as the Peters Trail entrance, to the right of the Deerpath parking area. Newly widened, the path runs off into the woods, but now forks left to a newly built trail running west. This new trail meets Gazzam Lake’s main path at the Veterane trailhead.

The park’s current Deerpath entrance (more road than trail) will be abandoned, as Kitsap Public Utility District fences off the water towers and makes other changes.

The Bainbridge Island Metro Parks & Recreation District crew wrapped up the three-week Gazzam Lake project recently with final graveling and compaction. The district’s volunteer Trails Work Party also put in hours there.

New signage is planned at the trail entrance.

Summer Trails Crew is a partnership of the district and BI Parks Foundation with support from the Bainbridge Community Foundation.