Type: Land Trust, Vashon Park District and King County Ownership
Years Acquired:1999 – 2007
Shinglemill Creek is one of the most pristine drainage areas on Vashon. It flows from Fisher Pond on the north side of Bank Rd (see Fisher Pond Preserve page) to its mouth at Fern Cove (see Fern Cove Preserve page) on the northwest corner of Vashon. It is one of the few salmon bearing creeks on the island with small runs of Coho and Cutthroat Trout.
Controlling erosion in Shinglemill Creek has been the single most challenging stewardship job for the Land Trust – a job that will take decades, and will only really be complete when 100-year old trees again fill Shinglemill Canyon. Having continued to expand this preserve over the years, it now covers the lower third of Shinglemill Creek, its main tributary Needlecreek, and much of the surrounding forested land.
Access/Activity Info: The Shinglemill Creek Trail provides public access to the preserve and offers a gorgeous trek through the forest along the ridge of the ravine overlooking Needlecreek then descending to become a path along the creek’s edge of Shinglemill until it empties into the estuary at Fern Cove.
No horses, no bikes. Leashed dogs are welcome on the trail.
The southeast end trailhead is off of SW 156th St across the street from the Vashon Winery. Turn west off of Vashon Hwy onto 156th. Look for Shinglemill Creek Trail sign about 1/4 mile on the right. Turn into driveway and go to the parking lot at the end. The trek is a shy 2 miles one way down to the estuary at Fern Cove which is reached by crossing Cedarhurst Rd at the lower end of the trail and continuing on the spur to the west.
The northwest end trailhead is on Cedarhurst Rd SW marked by a trail sign at a gate just south and down the hill from the entrance to Fern Cove. Parking is limited with room for 3 cars to pull off the road at the gate.