A guide to the best walks on Vashon
By Wendy Axtelle, Reporter
With lockdown in full swing, it can be hard to find ways to pass the time. Luckily, the Puget Sound area is the perfect location for those who are looking for excellent walking and hiking spots. These are my favorite hiking spots on the island and in the area surrounding.
The Burton Loop is a classic walk known by all islanders. As a simple one mile round trip, this walk is perfect for someone who doesn’t have a lot of time but still wants to get some fresh air.
For a more natural feel, Judd Creek is a good option. Located in the middle of the island, Judd Creek is the perfect hike for those who want to be surrounded by the forest of Vashon, and if you’re lucky, you might see salmon.
If you are looking for a more suburban walk, I would recommend walking from the closed Vashon Island High School down 204th St. and Ellisport Road to the water. This walk allows you to see nice houses along the water, reminisce about the time that you were at school, and see a beautiful rocky beach.
For beachgoers, a wonderful walk is KVI beach. This beloved beach is open for people to walk on its sandy shores or jump into the sound.
These next spots are not on the island, which makes them the perfect option for commuters or anyone looking for a fun day trip.
In Southworth, an enjoyable walk on a hot day is from Harper Park up SE Olympiad Drive to the Southworth Market. This walk takes you past small neighborhoods and sandy beaches.
Fauntleroy walks are limited, but you could go for a walk in a park, or walk up from the ferry dock to the Original Bakery and get a pastry to go. This short walk gives you a chance to look at all of the old houses along the path and provides a sweet treat at the end.
Though we may be in lockdown, there is no shortage of walks whether you live in Fauntleroy, Southworth, or Vashon. So remember to get outside and enjoy the warm weather.