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Deer hunting in the main portion of Island Center Forest is permitted for a short period, typically in the second half of October. During this time, the trails are closed to non-hunters. Signs will be placed at trailheads, but if visiting during this period, it's a good idea to check King County's website at kingcounty.gov/services/par…
. The Natural and Gateway Areas, east of Landtrust Trail
, remain open.
Techmo begins at a signed three-way intersection with Middle Fork
and North Trail
. The path is a spacious singletrack, occasionally widening to double, with dispersed obstacles typical to Vashon Island: roots and smooth stones. This is an easy route, and for the most part is very well maintained.
As Techmo proceeds, it alternates between thick fir and cedar filled woods and spread-out areas of newer growth. There's a lot of variety here, and the sense of solitude is great.
Techmo ends at the dirt road extension of 115th Avenue. Signs point the way to 115th Bypass
fifty feet ahead, and the "trail" segment of 115th
, which leads to the Mukai Trailhead.
Flora & Fauna
Originally a state-owned area logged to provide revenue for Washington's education system, Island Center Forest was passed to King County Parks in 2002 as a model for sustainable forest management. Owing to its history, the area exhibits a mix of both old growth and restoration areas. Many local tree species grow here, including enormous firs and one of the Island's largest areas of quaking aspens.
Animal life includes smaller woodland creatures and deer, but the biggest draw to Island Forest is the wide variety of birds, more than eighty species in all. The wetland areas around Mukai and Meadowlake Ponds draw bird watchers from around the region.
Shared By: Brendan Ross