Kitsap County High Point Trip Report
Date: August 1, 2001
Author: Bill Jacobs
The primary approaches to Gold Mountain pass through watershed lands belonging to the City of
Bremerton. Their attitude toward eco-terrorists, highpointers, and other threats is a rather unwelcome
warning of surveillance equipment and promising incarceration if captured. Previous write-ups have
suggested passage through this area, however, below is an alternative routing that skirts Bremerton's
jurisdiction and is free of access denial signs.
Traveling north on Highway 16 exit at Highway 3/Shelton which dumps onto Sam Christopherson Road.
Continue on this road for about a mile crossing Highway 3. Turn left onto Belfair Road and after 4.9 miles
turn right onto Minnard Road just after crossing Union Creek. Travel along this road for 1.8 miles before
running into a locked gate and continue the remainder of the way on foot.
Although the topo maps indicate otherwise, this route links with the primary road used to gain access to the
top of Gold Mountain. Near the top, the road splits and goes to two separate highpoints a few hundred
yards apart. While relying only on Topozone, I was unable to discern which was highest and went to both
to be certain the highest point was reached. Both points have the usual tower complexes but the highest
point at each is outside the fences.