Judd Creek

  • Stream restoration through strategically placed logs helps slow turbulence and foster salmon return.

  • The trail at Judd Creek is a one mile, easy walk through different habitats.

  • Meadow on Judd Creek trail.

  • Several bridges cross Judd Creek.

    Judd Creek
  • Salmon returning to Judd Creek.

Judd Creek, one of Vashon’s two major salmon-bearing creeks, starts 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. The creek winds through Paradise Valley, 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. Judd Creek 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

Access the trail from the east side of 111th Street SW between SW 204th and SW 220th. The trail is an easy one mile loop, winding through various habitats. No horses, no bikes. Leashed dogs are welcome on the trail. Birders, bring your binoculars, there’s much to see.