What do you do on a gorgeous October day when you finish all your work early? You head outdoors of course!

One of the great perks of living in Kitsap is having quick access to hiking trails and beaches. Sometimes they’re one in the same.

Take for example Point No Point in Hansville. You have the choice of either walking the stretch of beach and watching the boats go by, or hiking the trail that leads up the knoll behind the famed lighthouse. On this particular day, I met a pair of friends from the Portland, Oregon, area who were traveling the week in a motorhome and visiting all the lighthouses.

The trail winds parallel to the beach from the lighthouse. Stairs going up the knoll lead to a well-placed bench for a rest and a chance to spy on the view.

The trail continues about a half mile from the top and gives hikers a moment to enjoy the quiet beauty. The great thing about hiking is you can make it as hard or as easy as you want. It’s really up to you.

The trail ends at the secondary parking lot where you can turn around and head back to the beach. The trail is part of the Hansville Greenway, which gets its start at nearby Buck Lake. The trail is 2.6 miles total and is 180 feet at its highest point. This makes it a great and quick trip for families.

The best part of hiking in West Sound is always going to be the view. No matter how many times you see the snow-capped mountains, blue water and skies it’s still inspiring and you can’t help yourself as you take out your camera one more time.

The fall colors right now are amazing so get outside and enjoy the beauty.

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