Getting Here

Directions & Transportation


We're located in the Old Power House (Building 315) at the Fort Worden State Park.

  1. Enter the Park through the Main Gate.
  2. At the four way stop go straight.
  3. As you approach the hill bear left
  4. The School is the concrete building tucked into the hill. Please park in front of the School and come in.
Main School Building

Main School Building

 

Getting to Port Townsend & Fort Worden

Port Townsend and Fort Worden are about 2 hours from downtown Seattle including a 30 minute ferry ride.

From SeaTac International Airport there are two routes:

  • Head south (I-5) into Tacoma, across the Tacoma Narrows bridge (SR 16) and up through Gig Harbor, Bremerton (SR 3) and then across the Hood Canal Bridge (SR 104). 
  • Head north on I-5 to Edmonds and take the Ferry to Kingston (SR 104) and then across the Hood Canal Bridge. 

From the Hood Canal Bridge, follow SR-104 to the turn-off to Port Townsend (SR 19) and follow SR 19 until you merge with SR-20. Enter Port Townsend via Route 20. Watch for the brown signs and follow them to Fort Worden.

For more detailed info, check out the detailed area maps and driving instructions posted at PTGuide

Transportation options from Seattle to Port Townsend:

Many visiting students who fly into SeaTac airport choose to rent a car for ease of travel, however, it is entirely possible to reach Port Townsend by public transportation if you are feeling adventurous.  Another good option is a privately operated shuttle service that will take you directly from the airport to Port Townsend.

Private Shuttle:

By Public Transportation only: for the staunch traveler

  1. From SeaTac Airport, take the Sound Transit light rail train to Pioneer Place in downtown Seattle.  The ride is about 45 minutes.  
  2.  Walk from Pioneer Place to the Washington State Ferry Terminal (about 1/4 mile). 
  3. Board the ferry to Bainbridge Island.  This leg of the transit is particularly beautiful and takes about 35 minutes.  
  4. From the Bainbridge Island Ferry Terminal, take the Kitsap Transit Bus #90 to Poulsbo.  This bus stops in Poulsbo and directly connects to Jefferson Transit bus #7 to Port Townsend.  Please note that bus service on the peninsula does not operate on Sundays.  

Visit By Boat

There are two marinas operated by the Port of Port Townsend.

  • The Point Hudson Marina is at the east end of town, next to the NW Maritime Center and Downtown. The Marina is a 25 minute beach walk to Fort Worden except at high tide. (You'll have a tide chart....)
  • Boat Haven is a the west end of the Waterfront and is about a 40 minute walk,  bicycle ride or a bus ride to Fort Worden

There is mooring available on the bay in front of Fort Worden, to the east of the Marine Science Center. Good mooring but exposed to the south.

Getting Around Town

Walking

PortTownsend is pretty petite. You can get around by just walking. Fort Worden is 35-45 minutes walk from downtown depending on route. There are plenty of very pleasant routes:

  • You can walk along the beach from Point Hudson (at anything other than a really high tide)
  • You can climb around up the Haller Steps, cut through Uptown and over Morgan Hill to the Fort
  • Or check a map and create your own route

Bus

Jefferson Transit provides a good public transport system including a bus to Fort Worden.

Bicycle

Port Townsend is pretty bicycle friendly but there are hills in town - so you can get a good workout!

Rent a bike from either The Recyclery or The Broken Spoke