Three Tree Point, North

USA West


Submitted By:
Wayne Sargent

Submitter Comments:
From the trailhead, dive northeast, with less current during slack before ebb. Try NE at 40-60 fsw, then return SW at 15-20 fsw in the eel grass. This is typical sandy mud bottom with artificial reef junk scattered around. However, there's a very good variety of species to be found. Remember ebbing current runs southwest, or left, and can be strong. Note: I wouldn't go towards the point stay to the northeast, or right.

 The directions I had from a local dive book via 152nd to Maplewild didn't work because Waplewild Ave SW has been closed in one section because the road and houses are teetering on the brink [after the earthquake].From I-5, go westbound on 518 bypassing Sea-Tac airport toward Buriena Pass Hwy 509, and Hwy 518 becomes SW 148th St, and go about 0.6 miTurn left/South onto Ambaum Blvd SW and go 4 blocks to SW 152nd St Turn right/West onto SW 152nd St and go about 0.7 mi to 21st Ave SW Turn left/South onto 21st Ave SW and go about 0.6 mi to Marine View Dr SW Turn right/Southwest onto Marine View Dr SW, which becomes 28th Ave SW Go about 0.4 mi on Marine View/28th Ave and turn right/West onto SW 170th St Go about 0.3 mi on SW 170th St and turn right/North onto 33rd Ave SW Go about 0.2 mi on 33rd Ave SW and it hairpins to the left onto Maplewild Ave SW [Note: Maplewild is closed here northeastbound because the road is sloughing off.] Go about 0.3 mi southeast on Maplewild from the hairpin turn to SW 170th Pl Turn right onto SW 170th Place and you will see the small parking area. Along the right side of the parking lot there is a small building and trees, but no parking. Along the left side of the parking lot there is a small private garage, then some bushes. At the end of the 6 or 8 parking spaces on the left side is the trail to the beach. The beach is private on both sides of the access point, and access is closed at dark.


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12/27/2012 Douglas Coutts (Avg: 3.49 Review) - Three Tree Point is easily one of the best dive sites within a 30 minute drive of Seattle. I usually dive this site a night. Occasionally you will find this site devoid of life and once in a while the current and vis are poor. Nine times out of 10 you will find lots of critters: GPOs, Lumpies, Sailfin Sculpins, etc. My typical dive at 3-Tree starts with dropping at one of the mooring buoys in about 60 fsw then heading NE until its time to turn the dive; returning (down current, if any) in shallower water. Skip the tire reef straight out from the entry point! Check out my pictures from Three Tree here:

01/10/2011 JJD (Avg: 2.09 Review) - This site has a series of small tire reefs (at about 50') a small boat, and some household appliances. There is little life around the tires. A few rat fish, ling cod, and rock fish were seen.

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Diver Averages for  Three Tree Point, North  (1=worst, 5=best)

Average Site Condition

Ease of Shore Entry:  4.50
Bottom Conditions:  2.50
Reef Conditions:  2.50
Animal Life:  3.00
Plant Life:  2.00
Facilities:  2.00
Solitude 2.00
Roads:  4.00
*Site Average:  2.79

Average Enjoyment Level

Snorkel:  2.00
Beginner Scuba:  3.00
Intermediate Scuba:  2.00
Advanced Scuba:  2.00
Night diving Scuba:  4.00

Number of reviews for this site: 2


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