Sea Kayak - Cape Flattery


Sea Kayak - Cape Flattery

Safely explore your dynamic water limits in a supportive group outing to Cape Flattery and back. We will search for and play in dynamic waters and pour over type water features.

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  • Sea Kayak V
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 16.5 nm
  • Maximum Wind: 15 kts
  • Maximum Waves: 4 ft
  • Maximum Currents: 2 kts
  • Pace: 3.5

 Assemble at Warm House Restaurant in Neah Bay starting at 8am. Beach talk at 9am. Launch shortly after. Return targeted at 5pm. (The launch spot has changed from original Hobuck Beach.)

The goals of this trip are to safely support each other while having fun "rock gardening". We will find appropriately challenging dynamic water, pending respective skill levels. No one is obligated to perform any water feature they aren't comfortable with. Ideally, we find some "pour overs" that all skill levels can enjoy. 

Although this is a trip and not a formal "clinic", Leaders will provide tips and encouragement as needed.

Pending group size and skill levels we may have sub-groups which are enjoying different features while staying in visual and/or VHF contact with each other.

The ability to roll is desired. However, the ability to get back into your own boat independently is expected. We will actively practice incident management (towing, rescues, etc.) as a group as needed - but the intention for the day is to stay in our boats and have fun exploring in a spectacular setting.

Participants in this clinic must also be (1.) registered for the Surf Zone and Beyond activity. (2.) have previous experience in dynamic water (surf, currents, swell, wind waves, etc). (3.) be a Mountaineers member.  (4.) meet any tribal/other requirements indicated in the main Surf Zone and Beyond activity.


Hobuck Beach & Neah Bay

  • Custom Correct North Olympic Coast

    Green Trails Cape Flattery No. 98S

    MapTech Cape Flattery to Whidbey Island No. 103

    Sea Trails Strait of Juan de Fuca & Crescent Lake WA301

    Sea Trails Roadless Coast, Neah Bay to Ruby Beach WA302

    NOAA Cape Flattery No. 18485

    Green Trails Olympic Coast Beaches No. 99S
  • See full route/place details.
Required Equipment

Required Equipment

Beyond the 8 essentials further below:

1. a VHF radio is highly encouraged; without one you must stay with someone who has one.

2. your sea kayak should have proper perimeter deck rigging for rescues.

3. a helmet, tow belt, gloves, and spare paddle are also expected.


These eight essentials plus The Ten Essentials are required on all sea kayaking trips.  All but the whistle and clothing should be provided with any kayak rental.

  1. Floatation in both ends of the kayak
  2. U.S. Coast Guard approved Personal Flotation Device (PFD)
  3. Paddle
  4. Spray skirt
  5. Bilge pump with floatation
  6. Self-rescue paddle float
  7. Waterproof whistle
  8. Appropriate clothing for the conditions encountered seasonally
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