We are pleased to open most of our tree farm to the public for responsible, non-motorized recreation. Over the past three generations, the Ueland family has benefited from numerous private landowners in the Puget Sound region allowing us to cross their property for a hike, bike ride, horseback ride, or to reach a ‘put in’ or ‘take out’ on a river canoe or kayak trip. Our quality of life in the Pacific Northwest is enhanced when private property remains open to the public, and we are fortunate our legislators in Olympia have had the foresight to encourage private property owners to keep their lands open through the protections offered under RCW 4.24.210.
The most convenient way to access Ueland Tree Farm is by taking Dickerson Trail from the trailhead located at the end of Lebers Lane, just off Northlake Way. A new trailhead parking area was created in 2017 to accommodate the growing number of visitors and now includes pull-through parking for several horse trailers.
Special thanks to Craig Romano, whose 2016 book Urban Trails Kitsap features Ueland Tree Farm as one of its recommended walks in Kitsap County.
Dickerson Falls is the easiest and most popular hike on Ueland Tree Farm, only 1.6 miles roundtrip on Dickerson Trail from the Lebers Lane Trailhead. Dickerson Creek flows year round and the falls are particularly impressive after heavy rains. A bridge and viewing area just above the falls were installed in 2017 with the help of two dozen volunteers from the Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance. The bridge was built with wood felled from the tree farm and milled on site. Please be extra careful if you choose to climb down to the base of the falls, as this short path is very steep. Please click here for a trail map.
For those interested in a longer trip, the South Loop Trail is an excellent add-on to the Dickerson Falls hike. This approximately 3 mile loop exits to the left off Dickerson Trail just past Dickerson Falls. It uses existing logging roads and is of generally gentle grade, making it suitable for both hikers and mountain bikers. It passes through a forest that is predominately mixed-age class Douglas Fir and wetlands. This is the second most popular route on the tree farm.
For those interested in a more strenuous hike to a great viewpoint, take the Dickerson Trail all the way from Lebers Lane Trailhead (240ft in elevation) to Zach’s Lookout (1,040ft in elevation). Zach’s Lookout is the highest point on the tree farm and offers panoramic views that on a clear day extend from the Olympic Mountains to Hood Canal, Mount Baker, and into Canada.
After Dickerson Falls, the Dickerson Trail uses tree farm logging roads as it begins west and then quickly takes a right turn to cross over Dickerson Creek just below Beaver Dam Lake. The trail winds its way up hill through open, young forest before reaching Zach’s Lookout at 1,040 ft. You can return to the Lebers Lane Trailhead by reversing your route or by use other connecting tree farm logging roads.
Our long-term goal is for the Dickerson Trail to become part of a larger non-motorized trail system that connects through forestland owned by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources all the way to Newberry Hill Heritage Park and west to Green Mountain State Forest.
Video provided courtesty of Joe Hendricks
UTF is an active tree farm. Please beware of logging and mining operations, truck traffic, wild animals, hunters, steep slopes, waterfalls, and other visitors, among other hazards.
Prohibited uses include - but are not limited to - the following:
As a private landowner, Ueland Tree Farm reserves its rights to restrict or limit entry to its property. Exceptions to the above rules must be approved in writing in advance.