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Dockton Forest

Puget Sound and Islands > Seattle-Tacoma Area
47.3672, -122.4548 Map & Directions
Length
9.0 miles, roundtrip
Elevation Gain
350 feet
Calculated Difficulty About Calculated Difficulty
Moderate
Docton Forest is committed to demonstrating ecologically sustainable forest management. Photo by Jeffcoat. Full-size image
  • Old growth
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Fall foliage

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

None

Waiting quietly on Maury Island (a peninsula just off Vashon Island), Dockton Forest welcomes walkers, bikers, and equestrians, as well as boaters to their 9 miles of trails and shorefront property. Continue reading

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Hiking Dockton Forest

Dockton Forest and Natural Area is managed to protect and enhance its ecological values, to provide opportunities for low-impact recreation, and to demonstrate ecologically sustainable forest management.

Dockton Forest was previously owned and managed by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR). King County acquired one 20 acre parcel through the state’s Trust Land Transfer program, and a 40-acre parcel through fee acquisition.

The natural area parcels were acquired with Conservation Futures funding as part of the Maury Island Initiative. A variety of community partners on Vashon and Maury Island, including the Vashon Maury Island Land Trust, the Vashon Forest Stewards, Vashon Audubon, the Vashon equestrian community and the Vashon mountain biking community support our efforts to preserve and protect the Dockton Forest and Natural Area.

Dockton Forest and Natural Area, along with the adjacent Dockton Park, is 152
acres of working forest, saltwater shoreline and natural park lands located on the south-central part of Maury Island. There is an extensive trail system throughout the 152 acres that is used by hikers, equestrians and mountain bikers, and Dockton Park provides a public boat launch and moorage.

Dockton Forest comprises six parcels totaling 86 acres, the natural area protects over 40 acres of upland forest and 2 acres of saltwater shoreline along Quartermaster Harbor.

WTA Pro Tip: King County Parks has a great map for this park on their website.

Hike Description Written by
King County Parks, WTA Community

Dockton Forest

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 47.3672, -122.4548 Open in Google Maps

Before You Go

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Parking Pass/Entry Fee

None

WTA Pro Tip: Save a copy of our directions before you leave! App-based driving directions aren't always accurate and data connections may be unreliable as you drive to the trailhead.

Getting There

Access
There is a trailhead and gravel parking lot that can accommodate horse trailers on Dockton Road SW across from the park and boat launch. There is trail access and shoulder parking along SW 260th Street and a small gravel parking area at SW 264th Street and 94th Ave SW.

take transit

This trailhead is accessible by bus! Plan your visit by bus using TOTAGO, or consult the schedule for King County Metro route number 119.

More Hike Details

Trailhead

Puget Sound and Islands > Seattle-Tacoma Area

King County Parks

Guidebooks & Maps

King County Parks PDF Map: https://tinyurl.com/y9adbtsk

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Dockton Forest

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