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Island Adventure #2 - Vashon Island - Island Center Forest Hike

We had so much fun on our previous Island Adventure we must try another one.  We will have to take cars across for this though so car pooling is advised.  We can figure this out depending where you are coming from.

Let's hike Vashon Island's Island Center Forest and then explore the town and see what it has to offer.  If anybody knows Vashon and has suggestions let us know.


Located in the center of Vashon Island, Island Center Forest is a 363-acre working forest and nature preserve that is managed to demonstrate sustainable forest management while protecting and restoring the health of the site's habitat. The property is owned and managed by King County Parks in collaboration with community partners who make up the Friends of Island Center Forest, a diverse group that includes the Vashon-Maury Island Land Trust, Vashon Forest Stewards, Vashon–Maury Island Audubon, equestrians, and outdoor enthusiasts, among many other community members.

Island Center Forest features various forest stands, the Mukai Pond and Meadowlake wetlands, and meadows and forms the headwaters of Judd Creek. Island Center Forest provides habitat for a variety of wildlife, including more than 70 bird species.

There are more than nine miles of trails that are used by hikers, equestrians and mountain bikers. The wetlands are popular for bird watching and wildlife photography.

Dogs allowed on leash.

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363 Acres

Trail Length:

9 miles


Hiking, equestrians, mountain biking, nature observation


Access:There is a parking lot and trailhead off of SW Cemetery Rd on 115th Ave SW. Parking is very limited on 115th Ave SW off of SW Bank Rd. You can access the trails just north of the transfer station on Westside Highway. Parking for horse trailers can be found at SW 188th St and 107th Ave SW.


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  • Kathy L.

    Another fun island get away. A ferry ride takes you to another land. The trails in Island Center Forest were in pretty good shape ( a little -or a lot in one spot - of mud), not too strenuous and, if you take a long a map provided at the trailhead, fairly easy to follow. So after nice hike through the woods, a trip into Vashon for lunch we were ready to go esplore more. We headed to Point Robinson Lighthouse to check it out and had a little beach time as well.
    For the record, it never rains on these islands, only a little moist sea breeze to keep you cool.
    I had a blast with everybody, thanks for coming with a little island attitude and I look forward to planning another island adventure soon.

    April 27, 2013

  • Kathy L.

    Park and ride lot is the one on the south side of the mall where the buses go. Park on the side nearest the freeway. The directions given from meetup take you to the old park and ride on the north side of the mall. Text me tomorrow if you can't find me.

    1 · April 26, 2013

  • Pauline S


    The address you provide for the Northgate Park & Ride is incorrect and will actually leave people in the parking lot of Best Bu/Target on the other side of the mall. I work across from this Park & Ride and drive this route often. The lot (s) next to are close to the corner of 1st Ave and 100th St. near the buses.

    I think this is the lots you are thinking of. Take a look at the map and you may see what I mean.


    April 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    So we are meeting at the Northgate park and ride? Or at the ferry terminal?

    April 26, 2013

  • Jackie

    Hi all :) does anyone have room in their car for a human and pomapoo? (My dog, Sadie, can sit on my lap).

    April 25, 2013

    • Kathy L.

      Jackie, you and Sadie can ride with me and my gang.

      April 25, 2013

    • Jackie

      Thanks Kathy!

      April 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    my husband's brother is coming up from California for the weekend, so I think I'll cancel this one and make room for someone else

    April 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hello Guys: If there are any cancellations and space for two humans a dog let me know please. Thanks a lot.

    April 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Any idea what time you would get there? It would be much closer for me to take the ferry from Pt Defiance

    April 22, 2013

    • Kathy L.

      10:30 ish. 20 minute ferry crossing.
      20-30 minute drive time?
      Aim for that and we can text our positions

      April 22, 2013

  • Kathy L.

    There is a 9:15 am ferry from Fauntleroy. Let's aim for that one.

    Adult (age 19 - 64) $5.00
    Senior / Disabled (age 65 & over) $2.50
    Youth (age 6 - 18) $4.05
    Multi-Ride Commuter Card 10 Ride $40.50
    WSF Monthly Pass 31 Ride $64.80
    Bicycle Surcharge Only $1.00
    Vehicle, Motorcycle, and Stowage Fares
    Vehicle Under 14' & Driver (less than 168”) $13.45
    Vehicle Under 22' & Driver (standard veh) $16.75

    April 21, 2013

  • Jay

    Can take 2 people and possible one other dog. My dog is pretty agreeable in sharing space with another.

    April 18, 2013

  • Pauline S

    I can take one dog-less person--two if you don't mine sitting with a pretty sled dog who will be well harnessed in the back seat. She is friendly to people but not other dogs in close proximity.

    April 12, 2013

    • Susan B

      Hi Pauline - I am dog-less and would enjoy sitting next to your sled dog. Thanks for driving. Susan

      April 13, 2013

    • Pauline S

      Hi Susan, I'm sorry for the delay. I am dealing with family issues. If there is only the two of us, you can sit in the front seat ;) But you are still welcome to sit with the dog if we are taking another person.

      April 17, 2013

  • Beth C.

    Sounds fun! I can take one or two more, depending on the size of your dog :)

    March 28, 2013

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