Shinglemill Creek

  • Shinglemill Creek Trailhead

  • Salmon counters in the lower creek.

  • Creek restoration has been underway for many years and salmon have been returning to spawn.

    Shinglemill Creek
  • The new Bill Mitchell trail passes old cedar stumps that bear testimony to the canyon’s past.

  • Walkers enjoy the trail in all seasons.

  • Crossing Needle Creek.

  • Shinglemill Creek

    Shinglemill Creek

Shinglemill Creek is one of the most pristine drainage areas on Vashon. It flows from Fisher Pond on the north side of Bank Road to its mouth at Fern Cove 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 Needle Creek, and much of the surrounding forested land.

UPDATE 10/17/19

New to the Shinglemill Creek Preserve is a wide and graveled, half-mile loop trail starting at the Upper Shinglemill Trailhead off 156th Street. This is an All-Ages Trail is designed to accommodate wheelchairs, walkers, and strollers, and includes a connection to Vashon Community Care.

CLICK HERE to read the press release and letter to Land Trust membership about the trail.

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.

Shinglemill Creek PDF Map