Vashon Island scouting trip

This is a scouting trip for a future meetup I am planning around the Island Center Forest in Vashon Island. The purpose of this trip is to verify that trails and trailheads listed on the map actually exist and to explore options by which the estimated 3 miles round trip through the forest could be extended to cover other island destinations, such as the bike-in-a-tree ( or a view of Lake Washington.

Due to the additional distance (backtracking, trying multiple options, etc.), and the extremely sparse bus service on the island, we will use bikes to get around the island for the scouting trip, even though the actual meetup we are planning for will be all walking and bus. We will be riding on roads, but traffic on Vashon Island is usually pretty light, and drivers there are usually pretty considerate. Be forewarned, though - Vashon Island is very hilly, and we will experience our biggest climb of the day almost immediately after we get off the ferry (although the descent on the way back is a lot of fun!). 

Overall, I expect the ride to be about 15 miles total on Vashon Island - 5 miles from the ferry to the town, 5 miles exploring around the town, and 5 miles riding back to the ferry. This ride will be an excellent workout and a great way to get in shape for Chilly Hilly and other, longer, rides of the 2014 season.  Like all rides, a helmet and working brakes are required.  We will try to stay together and will pause for regroup at the top of each hill.

We will meet at the Fauntleroy ferry dock at 11:00, with the goal of catching the 11:20 ferry to Vashon Island. If you want to save your energy and bus to the ferry, RapidRide C is an excellent option, departing downtown every 15 minutes and dropping you off right next to the ferry. We will have lunch on the island, so bringing food with you is probably a good idea. The plan is to spend around 2 hours on the island, including lunch, which should put is back in West Seattle sometime between 2 and 3 in the afternoon.

This trip is weather-dependent, and will be postponed if rain is likely. Please check the website the morning of the trip to make sure we are still on. I will make a final decision whether we are going or not no later than 9 AM.

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  • Eric

    We have successfully scouted out a suitable walking route from the bike-in-a-tree to the town and the forest! Stay tuned and look for a transit hike out of this in the near future.

    February 1, 2014

  • Eric

    Weather forecast for tomorrow is calling for partly cloudy skies and a temperature of about 40 degrees, so I think we're on. Please dress in layers - the hill climb off the ferry will warm you up fast, whereas the ride back down to the ferry may feel cooler.

    I will be taking the RapidRide C bus to the ferry, leaving 3rd Ave. and Pike at 10:30 tomorrow morning. Feel free to join me, although with 3 racks and 4 people, someone will have to get there some other way. (The next C bus, leaving downtown 15 minutes later cuts it a little close, but is possible).

    If I don't run into you on the bus, I will be looking for you at the ferry.

    January 31, 2014

  • Lisa H.

    I live in West Seattle and enjoy exploring Vashon.

    January 26, 2014

  • Lisa H.

    I live in West Seattle and enjoy exploring Vashon.

    January 26, 2014

  • Susan W

    Ohhhhh, I don't own a bicycle. I'm a good walker....

    January 16, 2014

    • Eric

      Unfortunately, this particular trip will be almost all bicycle, with very little walking. But, assuming this trip goes well, I'm sure you'll do well on the Vashon walking trip later.

      1 · January 16, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Can't make it this time, but I look forward to the Vashon Island meetup when it happens - sounds great!

    January 16, 2014

  • Alexandra

    Depending on the size of the group and the weather, Zamorana, a simple and delicious mexican restaurant, might be a good lunch option. It's on (20312) Vashon Highway, about a mile and a half north of the bike-in-a-tree. The seating is mostly outdoors, but their fish tacos make up for any weather-related inconvenience.

    January 16, 2014

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