"Getting Here: Car or Bus Works" Illahee State Park Transportation Tip by glabah
Illahee State Park Transportation: 1 reviews and 3 photos
Driving to Illahee State Park from downtown Bremerton is fairly easy: head north out of downtown Bremerton and then east along one of the minor roads. North on highway 303 to NE Sylvan Way and then directly east works best, as the park main entrance is at NE Sylvan Way and Ridgeview Drive NE.
Please Note: If you drive to the park you are required to purchase a $10 day use pass for the park, or have an annual "Discovery Pass" for the Washington State Parks system.
Please note that there is almost nowhere to park on local neighborhood streets, so you can't use that method to avoid paying the fee. You are better off paying the fee or taking the bus.
Getting here by bus is not too difficult either, but does require careful attention to the timetables, and also requires that you walk beside roads that have no sidewalks or foot pathways. This isn't quite as bad as it may sound as many of the roads are not that difficult, and the speed limit is only 35 mph at most (not that anyone actually goes the speed limit, but speeds are a little lower here than on certain nearby roads where people go blasting along at 70 mph most of the time).
Kitsap Transit operates bus services in this area, and two routes get reasonably close to the park:
Bus route 29 operates from the transit center at the downtown Bremerton ferry terminal to East Bremerton, then north along Trenton Avenue. There is a bus stop at Trenton Avenue and NE Sylvan Way. From here, walk east (downhill) along NE Sylvan Way. At Bootleg Hill Place NE, you will notice a trail going into the woods on the north side of Sylvan. This trail is part of the park trail system, and goes into the park campground. From here, you can get anywhere in the park without walking on any roads other than those inside the park. The total distance along the road you have to walk is about 400 meters / 1,000 ft.
Bus route 21 also operates near the park, but the closest stop it offers is another 400 meters / 1,000 ft further, at Perry and Sylvan.
Service is infrequent: on weekdays each bus route operates only once every two hours, with one operating on the even hours and the other operating on the odd hours. Service on Saturdays is hourly on #21 and #29, but does not start until fairly late in the day. There is no transit service on Sundays.
The Kitsap Transit schedules and maps are on the web site, below.