Sunday, November 21, 2021

Vashon - Bills Trail

Bills Trail - Vashon Island

It is named after Bill Mitchell, a longtime friend and board member. Opened in 2016,  it provides a 1.2 mile link to the mid part of the Shinglemill Creek trail. The limited parking is shared with the Fern Cove entrance on the northside of road. Its a great off-the-beaten path route, but can get muddy in spots during the winter.  

No views, but some sunny breakouts on the hill peaks. 

Upon meeting the Shinglemill Creek trail, you can chose to head back, continue down to Fern Cove or head up for a workout up to the Shinglemill Creek Trailhead. 

Heading down to Fern Cove lets you return to your car via the road for a short distance.  

Area - Shinglemill Creek Preserve (Vashon Island)
Trails - Bills Trail
Length -1.2 mile point-to-point (with longer options) - Moderate Hike
Duration: 1 hour
Trail - Dirt trail, well maintained, no intersections
Bikes & Dogs - Bikes not allowed, Dogs on leash only
View - No views, but plenty of shaded forest
Getting There - From Vashon Highway, turn right on Cedarhurst Road (at the Y intersection at the John L Scott office), continue to limited parking at first Fern Cove entrance. Trailhead is across the street. 
Fee - None, free limited street parking
Map - Shinglemill Creek Preserve Map
Other Trails - This trail connects to the main Shinglemill Creek Trail