Vashon Island is one of my favorite vacation spots, and I’m always looking for new things to do. I don’t want to go too far out and am always looking for activities nearby to where I’m staying. On my last trip, I brought some mountain bikes with me and discovered some trails nearby called the Dockton Forest Mountain Bike Trails.
Dockton Forest is not quite in Vashon Island; rather it’s close by on the neighboring Maury Island. The two islands connect, and you don’t need a boat or ferry to get to Maury Island.
The trails are open all year round. Since the weather in the area is pretty mild no matter what time of year you visit, it’s always an option to go. I went in the springtime where the moisture from the rain that time of year makes it easier to roll on the trails. Dockton Forest Mountain bike trails feature a 2.5-mile loop that connects to the beach via what’s known as the Huckleberry Trail. There are two loops, one for beginners and one for more experienced riders.
Overall I was thrilled with the park trails. The trails were well marked and easy to follow. The beginner loop contains three paths, the Gravel Grinder, Erratic and UFO. I used these trails to warm up with, but they’re also great for anyone just starting to bike. The more challenging one has six total trails, Feederline, Chairlift, Bumpy Monkey, Flying Monkey, Dr. Jekyll, and Mr. Hyde. The good thing is for anyone progressing from beginner to intermediate skill level. While I could do berms and jumps if a rider simply wants to roll on these trails they can do so. The trails are well maintained, making for optimal riding experience. Overall being on these trails is fun as well.
Dockton Forest is beautiful. During my visit, I felt completely connected with nature. The view from atop the mountains looks over the entire park. It was stunning and a must-see. The beach is lovely as well.
One thing to note is that while it’s infrequent, horses can also ride along the Huckleberry Trail. Be prepared for that possibility and the need to act accordingly.
If you enjoy mountain biking and are looking for a beautiful ride, I highly recommend Dockton Forest Mountain Bike Trails. The trails are accessible to anyone of any skill level since they have both the beginner and intermediate trails.