Hobuck Beach & Neah Bay


Sea Kayak - Cape Flattery & Tatoosh Island

Extreme objective: Target is to paddle diligently from Hobucks past Tatoosh Island by 1 nm to Duncan and Duntze Rocks. Pending conditions, more casually return, exploring rock gardening and dynamic water opportunities.

  • Sea Kayak V
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 20.0 nm
  • Maximum Wind: 25 kts
  • Maximum Waves: 4 ft
  • Maximum Currents: 4 kts
  • Pace: 3.5kt

Meet at Alan's camp spot 8am sharp to confirm day's plan. Be ready to launch by 9am. Return same loc as launch, late afternoon.

Alan's camp spot: I have a Blue Subaru Outback with Gray Thule Cargo Box atop. It will most likely be parked in middle of main Hobucks Camping Resort field near a campfire spot.

Backup plan: if conditions constrain us, we'll pursue something completely different than going beyond Tatoosh - targeting Hobucks, Neah or Shi Shi area.

i.e. Stay ready to transport your kayak via car shortly after our 8am morning check-in.

Big Adventure Objective: Not for the faint of heart. We may not even make it to Tatoosh, pending conditions, but the goal is to go even further. See Deep Zoom link and check your charts. There are a couple rock outcroppings about 1 nm further North from Tatoosh.


A super-stretch goal is even 0.8nm further to the NNW (a buoy marked: R "2" Fl R 2s Bell). We might also pursue that in (very unlikely) calm conditions. 

Full Open Water Coastal Kayaking skills required. Ping me if you have any questions.


All participants must also sign up for the wider Seminar this Activity is a part of: https://www.mountaineers.org/locations-lodges/seattle-branch/committees/seattle-sea-kayaking-committee/seminars-clinics/surf-and-camping-weekend-hobuck-beach-neah-bay


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

Chart, VHF, awareness of conditions, common sense, etc.


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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