Golden Gardens


Sea Kayak - Golden Gardens to Richmond Beach

Golden Gardens to Richmond Beach (students only) - enjoy a dynamic marine setting with rugged cliffs, expansive views, right here in Seattle!

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  • Sea Kayak II+
  • For Beginners (Getting Started Series)
  • Mileage: 8.0 nm

9:00 AM at Golden Gardens

A pleasant local trip along the shore from Ballard to Richmond Beach, with a possible stop along the way at Carkeek Park. There is some exposure to winds, but on a calm day, this is a nice relaxing paddle. Currents are very mild. Most of the other boaters will be recreational sailors or fisherman in small boats. There are bathrooms at all three parks along the route. In the winter, there is plenty of free parking at Golden Gardens. In the summer, be sure and get there early to get a good parking spot.


Golden Gardens

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The kayaking essentials, as indicated in the basic sea kayak course. 

Immersion gear.

Kayak with flotation at both ends.  I am trying to arrange kayak rentals through Kayak Academy for this trip, but have not received confirmation as yet.  In registering with me, please indicate whether  you own or will have access to a kayak, or whether you will need onsite delivery of a rental kayak through Kayak Academy for this trip.

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