Purchased by Kitsap County in the mid-1990s, this 66-acre park has nearly 2,000 feet of picturesque saltwater shoreline and is a great destination for families. But it closed for nearly five years due to landslide concerns and disputes over public access. Luckily, Anderson Point Park is once again open for all to enjoy.
To access the beach, follow the trail, beginning just past the parking lot on an old gravel service road. Descend – sometimes steeply – through a mixed forest of evergreen and deciduous trees into a mossy, fern-filled ravine.
At 0.7 miles reach a flat near the wide sandy, driftwood-lined beach. Peer across Colvos Passage to the east shore of Vashon Island. Or look northe, where on a clear day, Mount Baker can be seen. Keep an eye out for marine mammals such as orca whales and harbor seals, and birds like kingfishers and eagles.
Historically, Native Americans used this area for fishing and repairing of nets. In the early 1870s, the Anderson Family homesteaded on the property. The Mosquito Fleet – an early ferry boat system that transported passengers and freight between 40 different ports in Kitsap County – also made regular stops at Anderson Point.
WTA Pro Tip: Anderson Point is accessible during daylight hours only and the parking lot is small – have an alternate destination in mind.