Sea Kayak - Cape Flattery


Sea Kayak - Cape Flattery

Surf Zone and Beyond day 3. Open coastal journey. Take the Cape!

  • Sea Kayak V
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 13.0 nm
  • Maximum Wind: 15 kts
  • Maximum Waves: 4 ft
  • Maximum Currents: 3 kts
  • Pace: moderate to brisk

Makah Bay, exact location and time TBD

Day 3 of Surf Zone and Beyond. Open coastal journey. Ok, this paddle is one of the best I've ever had the pleasure to go on.  I'm not exaggerating.  It is, however, an advanced open coastal journey in a very remote area suitable for kayakers with a solid skill set. I take this paddle very seriously, and you should as well.  First we'll need to traverse the surf zone (we'll go if waves are predicted to be 4 foot or less), then navigate around a reef break, then paddle along the open coast by kelp fields and rocky beaches, past towering sea stacks, and finally go through sea caves to a beautiful lunch beach.  After eating, we'll (hopefully) go around Tatoosh Island, and enter the "green room".  A small cave with ferns growing along the sides with an open top. Finally, we'll head back the same way we came and see it all from another angle.

Participants shall have taken: A surf zone clinic, a rock gardening clinic, a directional control (also called strokes and maneuvers) clinic, and currents clinic, and an incident management clinic before going on this journey.


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

Kayaker 20 essentials.

In addition, everyone needs;

Spare paddle

Tow system

Helmet and gloves

Overnight ditch kit (emergency shelter, food, and water). I'm not joking. I'll be taking an EPIRB, it's that serious out there. There is no cell coverage, and no way to hike out

You will want a waterproof camera to take pictures for your Facebook page.

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