Type: Land Trust and King County Ownership
Years Acquired: 2004 to 2011
Paradise Valley runs north-south down the center of Vashon Island. It is defined by containing Judd Creek, one of Vashon’s two major salmon-bearing creeks, which starts at its headwaters in Island Center Forest and flows south until it drains into Quartermaster Harbor. Judd Creek hosts both Coho and chum salmon, as well as cutthroat trout and the native freshwater Western pearlshell mussel. Paradise Valley is also historically significant as the second-oldest homestead site on Vashon, when it was opened up as pasture land for the early settlers’ livestock. It retains its rural feel, as an area of the island still populated with grazing animals as well as large swaths of open meadow bordered by wooded buffer zones along the creek.
Paradise Valley provides excellent habitat for a wide array of both resident and migratory bird species and this watershed contains the best soils for high-level recharge to the island’s drinking water aquifer.
Access/Activity Info: While the Paradise Valley Preserve is open to the public, there is currently no maintained trail to access the area. We hope in the future to develop a trail through Paradise Valley connecting the Burton Recreational Center (the old Burton school grounds) to Island Center Forest.