Vashon Island is accessible only by ferry or private boat. A car and passenger ferry operated by the Washington Department of Transportation is available from West Seattle (Fauntleroy (West Seattle) / Vashon), the Kistap Peninsula (Southworth / Vashon) or Tacoma (Pt. Defiance / Tahlequah). Current round trip ferry fare traveling to Vashon is about $27 for a car and driver and $7 for a passenger though rates can fluctuate depending on the season. Children 18 and under are free. Ferry service back to the mainland is always free. Be sure to plan extra time when traveling by ferry, especially when arriving during peak travel times.
Camp Sealth Driving Address
14500 SW Camp Sealth Road, Vashon, WA 98070
From the Southworth or Fauntleroy Ferry
When the ferry unloads, follow the traffic up the hill to the left – this is Vashon Highway. Follow Vashon Highway south for about 12 miles, through the (small) towns of Vashon and Burton. Three miles past the four-way stop in Burton, take a sharp right turn onto Wax Orchard Road. Follow Wax Orchard for ½ mile, then turn left onto Camp Sealth Road. It takes about 25 minutes to get to camp from the Southworth/Fauntleroy ferry dock.
From the Pt. Defiance / Tahlequah (Tacoma) Ferry
When the ferry unloads, follow the traffic to the left – this is Vashon Highway. Follow Vashon Highway north for about 2 miles. At the fork in the road, veer left onto Wax Orchard Road. Follow Wax Orchard for ½ mile, then turn left onto Camp Sealth Road. It takes about 15 minutes to get to camp from the Pt. Defiance ferry dock.
Arriving at Camp
The camp road is long, narrow and steep. For everyone’s safety, please keep a speed limit of 10 mph and stay to the right side of the road. Watch out for horses and hikers along the road.
Follow the road for 1 ½ miles, until you see the water. Parking is available in the gravel lot alongside the big, grassy field. Summer campers check in at the table right next to the parking lot. Rental group participants should check in at the office, the two-story building beside the water, unless otherwise directed.
Wrangler Retreat Center
The turn-off for Wrangler is on the right, about ¾ miles after you turn on to the camp road and before heading down the steep hill. Day Camp check-in and check-out take place at Wrangler. For Resident Camp, check-in is in main camp, even if you have a camper in Wrangler.