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Foulweather Bluff

Foulweather Bluff is a protected nature refuge in Hansville, WA. It offers a short family-friendly hike to the beach and great birdwatching!


Nestled in Hansville in the North part of North Kitsap is a quiet and protected beach area.

I first “discovered” Foulweather Bluff what seems like a lifetime ago with my daughter’s preschool group.

It’s a favorite place to go with kids because of the short, easy hike combined with the fun of looking in tidepools at low tide. But it’s also a favorite area for birdwatching — I’ve frequently seen hawks and bald eagles during visits (but never when I have brought my long camera lens, of course). And it offers a quiet spot to take a quick get away from it all.

On second thought, DON’T go there. The times I have gone during the pandemic have been lovely, socially isolated respites. I want it all to myself!

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Bring your kids, but don’t bring your dogs. These 3800 feet of beach, along with additional forest and marsh areas are a protected nature sanctuary managed by the Nature Conservancy. So it’s not open for camping, beach fires, and the like.

Where is the Foulweather Bluff Trailhead?

The trailhead for Foulweather Bluff is not well-marked from the road. You’ll find a sign for it off the road. You’ll know you’re there when you see a pullout for cars on the side of the road.

I’ve included a map of the trailhead location as well as a route map on a separate page.

Below are a few photos I took on my most recent hike there on March 17, 2021.

Have you been there? Feel free to leave a comment or add a photo of your own in the comment section (coming soon).

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Cheryl lives in the small Norwegian-esque town of Poulsbo, WA with her spouse, one of two young adult daughters, an old mutt, and a Siamese cat. She was an Occupational Therapist, but she'd rather be writing -- right now, she's blogging on this and a couple of other sites and does the occasional small web design project for a client. She's trying to un-couch-potato herself again.

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