Sea Kayak - Hood Canal

Very scenic stretch of the eastern shore of Hood Canal, with secluded coves, outstanding views of the Olympics.

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  • Sea Kayak II+
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 11.0 nm

Meet at 9:30 a.m. in Holly (which is located about 10 miles south of Seabeck, and about a 35 minute drive west of Bremerton) at a private location on Holly Beach.  Specific meeting place in Holly and directions TBA.   If opposing winds are forecast, we may reverse the planned itinerary and meet and launch from Seabeck.  I will alert the group before the outing if there are any changes. 

I expect this sea kayak trip to have this difficulty and these conditions.  View the sea kayak difficulties definitions on the Activity Types page.

  • Difficulty: SKII+
  • Wind:  Winds of 10 kts or less are optimal for this trip.  Will either modify the itinerary or cancel the outing if winds are expected to exceed this threshold.
  • Waves:
  • Route: One way from Holly to Seabeck (with car shuttle).  Please note that restrooms are limited on this route.  There are restrooms at Scenic Beach, and there are other secluded shores where we will be stopping along the way that offer privacy.
  • Distance:  11 nm
  • Pace: moderate

We'll be paddling along the eastern shore of Hood Canal, from a private launch site in Holly.  Using a car shuttle system between Holly and Seabeck, our destination, will allow for a greater variety of scenery.  There is no road and there are no public launch sites for virtually the entire way until the Seabeck area,  and much of the shoreline is private and public timberland, making this area quite undeveloped.   This trip is suitable for all levels of Mountaineers sea kayakers.



Hood Canal

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.  Please note that water temperatures in August in Hood Canal are moderate; therefore, a wetsuit or drysuit are optional for this trip.

  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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