Sea Kayak - Cape Flattery & Tatoosh Island


Sea Kayak - Cape Flattery & Tatoosh Island

Paddle among world-class caves, sea stacks, partially-exposed rocks (boomers), clipotis, and confused seas. Enter some caves that are under the overlook with the hikers standing above! This can quickly become a very advanced trip in even moderate swell or with wind.

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  • Sea Kayak V
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 15.0 nm
  • Maximum Wind: 15 kts
  • Maximum Waves: 4 ft
  • Maximum Currents: 2 kts
  • Pace: Brisk

11:00 Launch time, Hobuck Beach Campground.

You need experience in surf, coastal paddling, and rock gardening to do this trip. We'll go caving and hopefully get out to Tatoosh Island. If weather is too rough (>3 ft swell winds >~12 kts) we'll just do a coastal paddle without venturing into caves.

Bring a waterproof headlamp, helmet, tow rope, VHF radio. Immersion wear required. Supplemental flotation bags highly recommended.

Leader permission required. You need to have practiced rescues in the last three months, and be fresh.

General information about this trip can be found here.


Hobuck Beach

  • 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
  • See full route/place details.
Required Equipment

Required Equipment

These seven 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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