Are You the Missing Link in our Lost Island Trails project?

Any long-time Islander can tell you about the once vast trail network open to pedestrians & equestrians that used to exist on Vashon Island. Many remember being able to ride their horse or walk on a trail that started on the north end and stretched all the way to Tahlequah (or Clam Cove, as it was originally named) to the south.

As Vashon became a commuter bedroom community to Seattle, Tacoma, & the Penninsula large land parcels were sold off into smaller, buildable lots. With development, came trail disconnections.

We live in a beautiful, rural-like community yet are limited mostly to motorized vehicle travel to get around the Island. The main highways are not hospitable to pedestrian traffic – many roads have narrow shoulders, leaving walkers & riders feeling exposed & unsafe.

The Land Trust has an audacious goal to rebuild this lost trail network – with a trail so long you have to pack a lunch! We want to give pedestrians an alternate route to travel the island. Starting connections between parks & preserves, we can make this dream come true, but need the Island’s help to achieve this goal.

Trail easements are one way we can reconnect trails. Trail easements offer Islanders a decrease in property taxes and even liability protection.

If you live between any island parks or preserves and would like to know if a trail easement would work for you, visit the King County information page HERE, or you can call us with any questions. Contact us at 206-463-2644 or info@vashonlandtrust.org

Together we can provide all Islanders with a safe way to access our natural, beautiful places and an alternative to driving from point A to point B. If you think about it, it’s why we live here.