Moe Street Trail (view of Olympic Mountains)
The Olympic Mountains loom large over this part of Washington, but alas Poulsbo has very little in the way of places where you can actually see the main part of this mountain range. This is because a small ridge that is part of the Kitsap Peninsula blocks the view on the other side of Liberty Bay.
One small section of town where it is possible to view the very tops of these mountains is from the Moe Street Trail. Due to the steepness of the hill, Moe Street does not exist between 3rd Avenue and Burns Place. However, a trail consisting of a staircase and open grass with some small trees and bushes does exist here. From the top of the hill, it is possible to get a glimpse of the very top of the Olympic Mountains to the west.
Unfortunately, the new city hall, which you can see in some of these photos, is being built in such a way that soon it too will block a considerable portion of the view of the Olympic Mountains from here - meaning that the only way you will be able to view the mountains will be to hold a public office of some sort, or be a member of the crew that installs or repairs the roof on the building!
How To Get Here: from downtown Poulsbo, go north on Jensen Way from Front Street. Just north of this intersection, turn east on Moe Street. After two blocks, you will come to the entrance to this trail. Climb the hill and enjoy the view (or what's left of it), or you can approach from the Burns Place side of things through 4th Avenue.
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Of Sea and Shore Museum
Set above the general store in Port Gamble, the Of Sea and Shore Museum is an amazing collection of objects from the sea. It is on the second floor, which is basically a walkway around the walls with an opening in the middle to look down on the store. Along this walkway, there are dozens of cases, stuffed with all sorts of menagerie from the oceans. It represents the majority of the private collection of Port Gamble citizen Tom Rice. There is a tremendous amount there to see, especially if you enjoy natural history collections. He has a bunch of different crabs and shells from around the world. Definitely stop by when you're perusing the town. Best of all, it's completely free (donations are appreciated).
Museum hours: 9am-5pm Everyday.
Address: Service Road 104
Port Gamble, WA 98364
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